How to understand Hockey Player rankings?

In its 44th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. NHL Central Scouting employs seven full-time and 14 part-time scouts throughout North America. To report on prospects playing internationally, the NHL employs the services of European Scouting Services based in Finland. Combined, NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Services will see more than 3,000 games this season. This scouting list is for players about to be drafted in the current draft year. The mid-season rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 130 skaters and 12 goaltenders internationally.

The 2019 NHL draft will feature players born on or before September 15, 2001.

We also see rankings for other drafts such as WHL, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, NAHL, Junior A, Junior B and rankings, events for age groups such as Top 2003s, Top 2004s and have seen them all they way down to 2009 – kids that are 9 or 10 years old. These events and rankings are attempts to identify those players that will move on to higher levels and possibly make the NHL rankings during their NHL draft year.

As these rankings go they may only be blurred images of future reality and possibly have only limited application to only current day. As we have seen in many cases the best players at 7 years old aren’t the best at 11, and similarly the best player at 16 may not be the best player at 20+ when these players actually begin playing in the NHL. Toronto Sun Ted Wyman did a redraft of every year from 2000-2015.

It is interesting how pronounced the blurr effect is even once the NHL draft has taken place. Imagine how clear the draft at 14, 15, or 16 is? So what does it mean? Elite hockey players have opportunities to change the rankings and prove they belong on the list. They should not be discouraged by the rankings but encouraged that there is opportunity for those who don’t get ranked or don’t get ranked well. Focus on what skills you need to improve and where you want to be in the next 1, 2 ,3, 5 years. This will show up in the rankings and definitely in the redrafts.

In Spring-Summer-Fall 2019 MyEdgeHockey will have 3 Elite Minnesota teams: This opportunity is for Bantam and High School players that can play at the U14 (2005) Elite, U15 (2004) Elite or U16 (2003) Elite level, who want to play and compete against the best in USA, Canada and world, and can train in the Twin Cities. We will have teams playing in premier events for taking the next step such as World Selects Invite Philly and others. For information and to apply to our Minnesota program click here.

We also have tournament only teams that are made up of top players in the US and Canada that play together. To apply for invitation to those tournament only teams click apply button below. More info here.

The goal of is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply. MyEdgeHockey is a Minnesota Non-profit company with the goal of providing elite training and competitive opportunities for top hockey players.

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