November 25, 2003
Central Scouting Releases Preliminary Rankings

The NHL's Central Scouting Service has released its preliminary rankings of the top 35 skaters and five goaltenders in college hockey who are eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Nine of the 40 players in the rankings, including each of the top four, were born after Sept. 15, 1985, meaning that they would have to "opt-in" to next summer's draft in order to be selected. Players who have already enrolled in school forfeit their NCAA eligibility if they opt in to the draft (junior players, on the other hand, can opt in and retain their eligibility).

In addition to the 40 ranked players, the Central Scouting Service listed 16 additional players who their scouts have not seen enough to include in the rankings.

Ranked Skaters
Rank Player Pos. School
1. Drew Stafford* F North Dakota
2. Adam Pineault* F Boston College
3. Wes O'Neill* D Notre Dame
4. A.J. Thelen* D Michigan State
5. David Booth F Michigan State
6. T.J. Hensick* F Michigan
7. Darin Olver F Northern Michigan
8. Mike Lundin D Maine
9. Casey Borer D St. Cloud State
10. Jonathan Sigalet* D Bowling Green
11. Steve Birnstill* D Northeastern
12. Jake Dowell F Wisconsin
13. Robbie Earl F Wisconsin
14. Dustin Collins F Northern Michigan
15. Mitch Carefoot F Cornell
16. Bryan Cirullo D Northeastern
17. Daniel Winnik F New Hampshire
18. Jeff Likens D Wisconsin
19. Brian Ihnacak F Brown
20. Kevin Schaeffer D Boston University
21. Matt Christie F Miami
22. Jeff Caron* D Merrimack
23. Shawn Mole D Yale
24. Keith Johnson F Maine
25. Kyle Wilson F Colgate
26. Matt Hunwick D Michigan
27. Ryan Smyth F Colgate
28. Luciano Aquino F Maine
29. Mark Heatley F Wisconsin
30. Ben Walter F UMass Lowell
31. Joe Cooper F Miami
32. Ryan Sullivan D Merrimack
33. Olivier Bouchard F Union
34. Kevin Westgarth F Princeton
35. Tom Zabkowicz D Maine
Ranked Goaltenders
1. Alvaro Montoya G Michigan
2. David Brown G Notre Dame
3. Bryce Luker G Michigan Tech
4. Steve Hartley* G Miami
5. Dominic Vicari G Michigan State
Limited Viewing
 Michael Alexiou F Merrimack
 John Brunkhorst F Colorado College
 J.D. Corbin F Denver
 Oren Eizenman F Rensselaer
 Rob Jarvis D Dartmouth
 Mark Kolanos F New Hampshire
 Grant Lewis D Dartmouth
 Ryan Maki F Harvard
 Ryan Mahrle D Western Michigan
 Bryan McGregor F Minnesota Duluth
 Chris Murray D New Hampshire
 Brian Salcido D Colorado College
 Bobby Selden D Northern Michigan
 Paul Szczechura* F Western Michigan
 Scott Thauwald F Colorado College
 Sean Samuel G Dartmouth
* Indicates player would need to "opt-in" to be eligible for 2004 Draft

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