November 16, 2004
Central Scouting Releases Preliminary Rankings

The NHL's Central Scouting Service has released its preliminary rankings of the top 30 skaters and five goaltenders in college hockey who are eligible for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The CSS also ranked USHL and high school players, many of whom have already committed to colleges.

In addition to the 40 ranked college 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. Dan Bertram F Boston College
2. T.J. Hensick F Michigan
3. Jonathan Sigalet D Bowling Green
4. Nate Davis F Miami
5. Jon Rheault F Providence
6. Steve Birnstill D Northeastern
7. Andrew Thomas D Denver
8. Sasha Pokulok D Cornell
9. Mike Brennan D Boston College
10. Nate Hagemo D Minnesota
11. Jonathan Matsumoto F Bowling Green
12. Blair Yaworski F Yale
13. Evan Rankin F Notre Dame
14. Michael Kostka D Massachusetts
15. Paul Stastny F Denver
16. Peter MacArthur F Boston University
17. Tom Fritsche F Ohio State
18. Jeff Caron D Merrimack
19. Nate Dey F St. Cloud State
20. Paul Szczechura F Western Michigan
21. Andrew Lord F Rensselaer
22. Chris Mueller F Michigan State
23. Jeff Likens D Wisconsin
24. Dylan Cox F Providence
25. P.J. Fenton F Massachusetts
26. Tom May F Denver
27. Bryan Lerg F Michigan State
28. Ryan Maki F Harvard
29. Bryan Ewing F Boston University
30. James Unger F Bowling Green
Ranked Goaltenders
1. Joe Fallon G Vermont
2. Matt Lundin G Maine
3. Jordan Alford G Rensselaer
4. Sean Samuel G Dartmouth
5. Bryce Luker G Michigan Tech
Limited Viewing
 John Burns D Connecticut
 Ben Cottreau F Mercyhurst
 Mark Dekanich G Colgate
 Matt Fornataro F New Hampshire
 Sean Garrity F St. Cloud State
 Matt Greene F Boston College
 Jack Hillen D Colorado College
 Rob Jarvis D Dartmouth
 Mike Lesperance F Western Michigan
 Todd Perry D Boston College
 Chris Poli F Brown
 Mike Radja F New Hampshire
 Kyle Radke D Notre Dame
 Brian Salcido D Colorado College
 Brandon Scero F Nebraska-Omaha
 Bobby Selden D Northern Michigan
USHL 'A' Players (College Commitments Only)
 Justin Abdelkader F Michigan State
 Phil Axtell F Michigan Tech
 Chris Butler D Denver
 Tom Gorowsky F Wisconsin
 Christian Hanson F Notre Dame
 Nick Kemp F Minnesota Duluth
USHL 'B' Players (College Commitments Only)
 Zach Bearson F Wisconsin
 Brock Bradford F Boston College
 Adam Davis D Northern Michigan
 Tim Filangieri D Boston College
 Tim Kennedy F Michigan State
 Dennis McCauley F Northeastern
 John McCarthy F Boston University
 David Meckler F Yale
 Tim Miller F Michigan
 Chad Rau F Colorado College
 Gary Steffes F Miami
 Garrett Suter D Wisconsin
 Matt Vokes F Brown
USHL 'A' Goaltenders (College Commitments Only)
 Jordan Pearce G Notre Dame
USHS East 'A' Players (College Commitments Only)
 Anthony Aiello D Boston College
 Pat Cullity D Boston University
 Benn Ferriero F Boston College
 Shea Guthrie F Clarkson
 Brendan Milnamow D Union
 Keith Yandle D New Hampshire
USHS East 'B' Players (College Commitments Only)
 Kyle Kucharski F Boston College
 Hunter Thunel D Brown
USHS East 'B' Goaltenders (College Commitments Only)
 Jonathan Quick G Massachusetts
USHS West 'A' Players (College Commitments Only)
 Taylor Chorney D North Dakota
 Michael Gergen F Minnesota Duluth
 Jared Hummel D St. Cloud State
 Brian Lee D North Dakota
 Matt Niskanen D Minnesota Duluth
 T.J. Oshie F North Dakota
 Chris Vande Velde F North Dakota

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