The time is here folks. The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is a little under a month away, which means it is time for me to unveil my rankings for the draft.
The top 50 will be released in four parts: Part 1 - Honorable Mentions (for the first time this year), Part 2 - Prospects 50-31, Part 3 - Prospects 30-11, and Part 4 - Prospects 10-1.
Just for clarification, for my top 50 ranking, I haven't included any players eligible for draft re-entry, such as Tanner Pearson. This has been consistent all the way through my lists. Instead, I did a list of the top 10 draft re-entries, which can be found here.
Also for clarification, this list is MY list of the top 50 OHL prospects, as if I were drafting for my own team. In other words, this isn't a list of where I THINK or believe players will go, but a ranking of my own opinion on the top players eligible for this draft based on my viewings this season.
I decided to do an Honorable Mentions list this year for the first time because I quite often get asked why I've left certain guys off my list. So to start off my rankings, here are 10 guys who JUST failed to make the cut, plus another who was injured this year.
The other parts will be released over the next couple of days.
Here's the first part, an Honorable Mentions list.