The NHL's Central Scouting Service recently released its final rankings of the top players eligible for this year's NHL Entry Draft. Two BC commits are ranked among the top 210 skaters in North America.
BC's 2012 commit Destry Straight tops the list for the Eagles, ranked #100 on the Central Scouting's final draft rankings. Straight is a 6-0, 163 lbs. center from Vancouver, BC. He's currently playing with Coquitlam of the BCHL. Straight is joined by Peter McMullen, a left winger from Delbarton Prep in New Jersey. McMullen is a 6-2, 200 lbs. forward from Essex Fells, NJ.
From Hockey East, Northeastern led the way with six players ranked among the 210 best in North America, including the top-ranked college player Jamie Oleksiak. Boston University has four players -- Matt Nieto (43), Adam Clendening (45), Sahir Gill (110) and goalie Matt O'Connor (ranked 25th). UMass placed two players on the list -- current player Mike Pereira and commit Joe Manno. Providence, New Hampshire, UMass-Lowell and Vermont each had one player or commit make the final rankings.
Eight players on the current Eagles' roster are property of an NHL team -- Chris Kreider (New York Rangers), Brian Dumoulin (Carolina), Paul Carey (Colorado), Bill Arnold (Carolina), Tommy Cross (Boston), Kevin Hayes (Chicago), Patrick Wey (Washington) and Isaac MacLeod (San Jose).
The 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 24-25 at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul.