Prospect rankings index, analysis
May, 17, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN.com
Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesNHL scouts are very high on forward Sean Monahan, projecting him to be a top-10 pick.With the 2013 NHL entry draft just six weeks away, there's little remaining time and opportunity for most prospects to change the minds of pro scouts and general managers around the National Hockey League.
We all have a fairly good idea of which young players are the most sought-after prospects. Although we're surely in for a surprise or two on draft day, when it comes to the perceived cream of the crop, there's not a great discrepancy among those who are best at hammering out this stuff -- for the most part. In examining a sampling of top rankings from a variety of expert sources, there's general consensus regarding some players, and less so in other cases.
For our draft roundup, we're analyzing recent rankings from the Central Scouting Service -- divided between North American and European skaters (April 24), ESPN Insider/NHL scout Grant Sonier (April 18), TSN's Bob McKenzie (April 29), International Scouting Services (May 15) and Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman (May 10).
The chart below outlines each expert source's draft rankings, followed by an analysis of where they agree and disagree about top prospects.