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01-17-2013, 10:11 AM
Rabid Ranger
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Originally Posted by razor ray View Post
After winning the World Juniors, as well as reviewing hockey enrollement in the USA, I'm really surprised how few Americans are in the top part of the ranking. In the Midterm Ranking for the North Americans Skaters here is what is looks like for the top 40:

#1 Jones
#13 Ernie
#20 Compher
#21 McCoshen
#25 Hartman
#28 Lodge
#31 McCarron
#32 Hurley
#36 Pesce
#37 Bailey

Of the top 19 players:
15 Canadians
2 Americans
2 International

To me having only 2 Americans in the top 19 is really not that great. It seems like the last few drafts the American numbers for top tier players is getting worse, not better.
I take the CSB rankings with a grain of salt. The U.S. will once again have 6 or so players selected in the first round with two likely top ten picks (Jones and Erne) with Jones the odds on favorite to be picked #1. The bigger concern (vexed is more like it) is the lack of high-end forwards that have come on the scene over the last several years. Galchenyuk is that kind of guy but we know his development history. I guess Eichel could fit the bill, but who knows?

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