May 12, 2004
Central Scouting Releases Final Rankings

The NHL's Central Scouting Service has released its final rankings of the top players eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, a list that includes nine collegians (or future collegians) among the top 29 rated North American skaters. Michigan goaltender Al Montoya is the top-rated North American goaltender.

The rankings list North American and European players separately, as well as separating goalies from skaters (forwards and defensemen).

Several eligible collegians, including top-rated college skater Drew Stafford of North Dakota (at No. 7 among North American skaters), had to opt-in to the draft. A recent NCAA decision allowed those players to opt-in without losing their college eligibility.

Several opt-in candidates decided not to test the waters, however, electing to see if their stock rises in the coming year – they are denoted on this list with an asterisk. Foremost among those players are Colorado College recruit Scott McCulloch, Denver recruit Paul Stastny, Michigan's T.J. Hensick and Bowling Green's Jonathan Sigalet.

The NHL Entry Draft will take place June 26-27 in Raleigh, N.C. The Washington Capitals have the first overall selection and are expected to choose Russian star Alexander Ovechkin.

North American Skaters (College and College-Bound Players Only)
Rank Player Pos. Team (College)
7. Drew Stafford F North Dakota
11. A.J. Thelen D Michigan State
15. Travis Zajac F Salmon Arm (North Dakota)
17. Blake Wheeler F Breck (Minnesota)
21. Grant Lewis D Dartmouth
23. Wes O'Neill D Notre Dame
25. Adam Pineault# F Boston College
27. David Booth F Michigan State
29. Kris Chucko F Salmon Arm (Minnesota)
32. Shawn Weller F Capital District (Clarkson)
33. Raymond Sawada F Nanaimo (Cornell)
37. Chris Zarb D Tri-City (Ferris State)
40. Scott McCulloch* F Grande Prairie (Colorado College)
44. Brian Ihnacak F Brown
47. Blair Yaworski F Sioux City (Yale)
49. Paul Stastny* F River City (Denver)
50. T.J. Hensick* F Michigan
52. Casey Borer D St. Cloud State
54. Mike Lundin D Maine
55. Jonathan Sigalet* D Bowling Green
59. Robbie Earl F Wisconsin
61. Steve Birnstill* D Northeastern
62. Jake Dowell F Wisconsin
64. Rob Page D Blake (Yale)
66. Rob Bellamy F New England (Maine)
69. Jordan Foote F Nanaimo (Michigan Tech)
72. Victor Oreskovich F Green Bay (Notre Dame)
73. Will Engasser F Blake (Yale)
74. Chris Bourque F Cushing (Boston University)
75. Nick Johnson F St. Albert (Dartmouth)
76. Keith Yandle* D Cushing (New Hampshire)
78. Kyle Wilson F Colgate
80. Geoff Paukovich F U.S. NTDP (Denver)
81. Jeff Caron* D Merrimack
82. R.J. Anderson D Centennial (Minnesota)
86. J.T. Wyman F Blake (Dartmouth)
89. Paul Baier D Deerfield (Brown)
90. Anthony Aiello* D Thayer (Boston College)
92. Mitch Carefoot F Cornell
95. Billy Ryan F Cushing (Maine)
96. Tom May F Des Moines (Denver)
97. Torrey Mitchell F Hotchkiss (Vermont)
98. Kyle Klubertanz D Green Bay (Wisconsin)
100. Daniel Winnik F New Hampshire
104. Jim McKenzie F Sioux Falls (Michigan State)
106. Mike Brown F Michigan
109. Matt Christie F Miami
110. Brian McGuirk F Governor Dummer (Boston University)
113. Derek Peltier D Cedar Rapids (Minnesota)
115. Nate Dey D Green Bay (St. Cloud State)
119. David MacDonald D New England (Harvard)
120. Darin Olver F Northern Michigan
122. Sean Garrity F Green Bay (St. Cloud State)
123. Steve Wagner F Tri-City (Minnesota State)
127. Scott Parse F Nebraska-Omaha
129. Kevin Schaeffer D Boston University
134. Alex Berry* F Cushing (Massachusetts)
135. Chad Kolarik F U.S. NTDP (Michigan)
136. Craig Switzer D Salmon Arm (New Hampshire)
143. Alex Goligoski D Grand Rapids (Minnesota)
144. Matt Greene* F Boston College HS (Boston College)
146. Jacob Obermeyer D Tri-City (Michigan Tech)
147. Dylan Cox F Exeter (Providence)
148. Evan Rankin F Lincoln (Notre Dame)
151. Matt Hunwick D Michigan
152. Matt Auffrey F U.S. NTDP (Wisconsin)
154. Jeff Krzakos F St. Michael's (Western Michigan)
155. Mason Raymond* F Camrose (Minnesota Duluth)
157. Mike Santorelli F Vernon (Northern Michigan)
159. Tom Gorowsky* F Centennial (Wisconsin)
165. Michael Kostka* D Aurora (Massachusetts)
167. Ben Cottreau F Markham (Mercyhurst)
168. Vince Goulet F Texas (Providence)
169. Kyle Radke D Grande Prairie (North Dakota)
171. Matt McIlvane F Chicago (Ohio State)
172. Kevin Porter F U.S. NTDP (Michigan)
173. Mike Lesperance F Newmarket (Western Michigan)
174. John Dingle F Tri-City (Ohio State)
175. Andrew Lord F Vernon (Rensselaer)
176. Matt Fornataro F Waterloo (New Hampshire)
177. Travis Gawryletz D Trail (Minnesota Duluth)
178. Mike Curry F Sioux City (Minnesota Duluth)
179. MacGregor Sharp* F Camrose (Minnesota Duluth)
182. Olivier Bouchard F Union
183. Andrew Thomas* D Waterloo (Denver)
185. Ryan Maki F Harvard
187. Jamie Silverson D Leamington (Notre Dame)
188. Trevor Ludwig D Texas (Providence)
190. Shawn Mole D Yale
191. Keith Johnson F Maine
193. Tom Pohl F Tri-City (Minnesota)
194. Andrew Gordon F Notre Dame, SJHL (St. Cloud State)
195. Joe Cooper F Miami
196. Nick Kemp* F Hermantown (Minnesota Duluth)
197. Oren Eizenman F Rensselaer
198. Blake Friesen D Benilde (Minnesota State)
199. Tyler Eckford D South Surrey (Alaska-Fairbanks)
200. Michael Bartlett F Notre Dame
201. Jon Grecu* F Calgary Canucks (Dartmouth)
202. Jeff Likens D Wisconsin
203. Ryan Weston F New England (Boston University)
204. Chris Poli F Nobles (Brown)
206. Mark Kolanos F New Hampshire
209. Pierce Norton F Thayer (Providence)
210. Derek Patrosso F Danville (Colorado College)
212. Todd Johnson F Taft (Brown)
215. Ben Camper F Bay State (Colgate)
216. Will Boardman D Deerfield (Dartmouth)
217. Jared Hummel* D Holy Angels (St. Cloud State)
218. Mike Arcieri F Boston Bulldogs (Vermont)
220. Ryan Sullivan D Merrimack
221. Matt Duffy* D New Hampshire, EJHL (Maine)
222. Daniel Vukovic* D St. Michael's (Michigan State)
224. P.J. Fenton F New England (Massachusetts)
226. Ben Walter F UMass Lowell
227. Andrew Sarauer F Langley (Northern Michigan)
230. James Russo F Thayer (Northeastern
Limited Viewing
  Rob Jarvis D Dartmouth
  Alan Thompson F Holderness (New Hampshire)
North American Goaltenders (College and College-Bound Players Only)
1. Alvaro Montoya G Michigan
7. Cory Schneider G Andover (Boston College)
17. Peter Mannino G Tri-City (Denver)
20. Joe Fallon G Cedar Rapids (Vermont)
21. Derek MacIntyre G Soo (Ferris State)
25. David Brown G Notre Dame
26. Adam D'Alba* G Chicago (Brown)
28. Jordan Alford G Canmore (Rensselaer)
30. Mark Dekanich G Coquitlam (Colgate)
Limited Viewing
  Sean Samuel G Dartmouth
* Player did not "opt-in" to be eligible for 2004 Draft
# Player has left school

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