2010 Consolidated NHL Draft Rankings - Final

Taylor Hall The 2010 NHL Draft is almost upon us and as it gets closer so begins the deluge of NHL draft rankings and mock drafts that everyone and their mother seems to put out... and as much as we like to hear lots of different opinions, we also like to know what the consensus opinion is, so we take all the major rankings, a few mock drafts and use some Reaganomics & the Colonel's Secret Recipe to come up with the FHS 2010 Consolidated NHL Draft Rankings.

To see how the consensus opinion ended up last year, take a look back at our 2009 Consolidated Rankings.

Stay tuned over the next two weeks for more of our NHL Draft coverage as well have our very own Mock Draft and the all important Fantasy Draft Rankings.

We've been updating the consolidated rankings each month (almost) so you can see how players have been skyrocketing or sinking over the course of the season.  Here's our final 2010 rankings (based on the 14 sources we considered): 

Rank Apr Rank Mar Rank Feb Rank Jan Rank Dec Rank Oct Rank Player Pos Team League
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Taylor Hall LW Windsor OHL
2 2 2 2 2 2 3 Tyler Seguin C Plymouth OHL
3 3 3 3 3 3 2 Cam Fowler D Windsor OHL
4 4 4 6 7 9 9 Erik Gudbranson D Kingston OHL
5 5 5 5 5 6 7 Brandon Gormley D Moncton QMJHL
6 6 7 4 4 5 5 Brett Connolly LW Prince George WHL
7 9 10 12 15 NR NR Nino Niederreiter LW Portland WHL
8 12 11 11 11 13 18 Alex Burmistrov C Barrie OHL
9 7 6 7 6 8 10 Vladimir Tarasenko LW Novosibirsk KHL
10 8 9 9 8 7 8 Mikael Granlund LW HIFK Fin
11 14 21 23 27 NR NR Ryan Johansen C Portland WHL
12 10 12 14 13 11 20 Derek Forbort D USA-U18 NTDP
13 13 15 20 23 17 19 Austin Watson RW Peterborough OHL
14 11 13 10 10 12 12 Mark Pysyk D Edmonton WHL
15 15 16 16 16 19 30 Emerson Etem C Medicine Hat WHL
16 17 19 17 17 28 26 Nick Bjugstad W Blain HS-MN
17 19 17 19 20 24 21 Jeff Skinner C Kitchener OHL
18 20 23 25 25 18 14 Quinton Howden LW Moose Jaw WHL
19 24 24 24 21 30 23 Jack Campbell G USA-U18 NTDP
20 21 18 18 18 23 13 Jonathan Merrill D USA-U18 NTDP
21 16 14 15 14 22 24 Riley Sheahan C Notre Dame NCAA
22 26 NR NR NR NR NR Dylan McIlrath D Moose Jaw WHL
23 23 26 29 NR 29 NR Jaden Schwartz C Tri-City USHL
24 22 20 13 12 10 6 John McFarland LW Sudbury OHL
25 27 22 22 24 14 16 Evgeny Kuznetsov RW Chelyabinsk KHL
26 29 28 NR NR NR NR Tyler Pitlick C Minn St-Mnkt NCAA
27 25 27 21 19 16 11 Stanislav Galiev C Saint John QMJHL
28 NR 29 NR 30 21 29 Jarred Tinordi D USA-U18 NTDP
29 28 25 27 28 NR NR Brock Nelson C Warroad HS-MN
30 NR NR NR NR NR NR Calvin Pickard G Seattle WHL

Notes: 

  • Taylor Hall was #1 wire-to-wire this year and wasn't really challenged as he was #1 in 11 of the 14 sources
  • Despite some people not being convinced about Cam Fowler as a potential top dman, he was ranked between #3 & #6 in all 14 sources
  • Brett Connolly is a solid 6th and would have been higher if it wasn't for ISS having him at #13
  • Nino Niederreiter was the biggest riser as he wasn't even in the top 30 before the WJC and has slowly risen all the way to #7
  • Alexander Burmistrov is another who has improved his stock all the way from 18th back in October to 8th in the final rankings... this due to a good showing in the mocks and independent rankings as he's only ranked 14th by ISS & the 11th best skater in NA by CS
  • There's a wide range of opinions on Mikael Granlund as he's ranked between 3rd & 15th depending on who you listen to
  • Ryan Johansen is another one who wasn't in the top 30 back in October but has vaulted himself to the brink of the top 10 now
  • Others who have been steadily climbing are #13 Austin Watson, #16 Nick Bjugstad and #23 Jaden Schwartz and those that have been slowly fading are #20 Jonathan Merrill, #25 Evgeny Kuznetsov and #27 Stanislav Galiev
  • Jeff Skinner is ranked in the top 10 by 5 of 14 sources but is hurt by CS ranking him as 34th best skater in NA... really???... this is a dude that scored 70 goals this year (regular & playoffs) 
  • Jack Campbell makes the biggest rise since April as he's up five spots to #19 and is ranked in the top 15 by 9 of 14 sources
  • John McFarland holds onto a 1st round spot but he's been slowly sliding all the way from #6 back in October... but he's not even the worst as Kirill Kabanov was #4 as late as December before falling all the way out of the top 30 (he's #32)
  • Calvin Pickard moves into the top 30 for the first time right at the end to give us two goalies in the 1st round
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