College Hockey:
Top-rated College Prospects

A list of the top college prospects in this weekend’s NHL Draft in Toronto, and the Central Scouting Service’s report for each player.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 4th
CSS Final ranking: 3rd
6-3 1/2, 202 lbs.
Defense, Shoots Left
Born: February 19, 1983

Ryan is a very strong skater with a long, smooth stride … has exceptional lateral mobility … possesses excellent passing and puck-handling skills … is very confident with the puck and has the ability to lead the offensive rush … has a low, hard shot from the point … an intelligent player with impressive hockey sense … anticipates the play very well and is very strong in one-on-one situations … has the ability to control the tempo of the game … has impressive strength and plays an aggressive game … an effective stick checker, utilizing his long reach … very strong along the boards and in front of the net … plays a very good positional game and can dominate the defensive zone … a tough competitor and consistent player.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 17th
CSS Final ranking: 9th
5-11, 192 lbs.
Center, Shoots Left
Born: June 2, 1983

A very good skater with a long smooth stride … impressive acceleration and can carry the puck at top-end speed … an intelligent player and creative playmaker … has very good hockey sense and sees the ice well … a confident and cool player who works well in pressure situations … has an excellent shot with a quick release … possesses strong puck-handling and passing skills … a natural scorer who displays good patience with the puck … a good competitor and a team leader … plays with an aggressive edge and is strong along the boards and in the corners … can deliver the big body check … will sacrifice himself to make the play.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 7th
CSS Final ranking: 11th
6-0, 190 lbs.
Center, Shoots Left
Born: December 9, 1982

A very good skater with tremendous acceleration and impressive breakaway speed … is well-balanced and hard to knock off the puck … has good hockey sense and anticipates the play well … has a powerful and accurate shot … an effective two-way player who plays a solid positional game … has the ability to score the big goal … an abrasive player who thrives in a physical game … a tenacious forechecker who is very aggressive around the opposition’s net … a punishing body checker … a highly motivated player and an honest worker.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 11th
CSS Final ranking: 13th
6′ 1″, 195 lbs.
Left Wing, Shoots Left
Born: February 14, 1983

A good skater with a smooth powerful stride … is strong on his skates and is hard to knock off his skates … has a hard wrist shot with a quick release … has a good scoring touch … a smart player with solid passing skills … a very good two-way player who knows his responsibilities and plays a sound positional game … effective in power play and penalty kill situations … an intelligent player with good hockey sense … plays aggressively along the boards and in the corners … stands his ground in front of the opposition’s net and will sacrifice himself to make the play … a reliable player and a tenacious forechecker.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 8th
CSS Final ranking: 14th
6-2, 200 lbs.
Center, Shoots Right
Born: October 24, 1982

A powerful skater with great acceleration … possesses natural scoring instincts … has an accurate shot with a quick release … has good puck-handling and passing skills … very effective on the power play and has the ability to make the big play … very good in one-on-one situations … has a good physical presence on the ice … has the ability to dominate and control the play when he takes advantage of his physical strength and size.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 27th
CSS Final ranking: 17th
6-4, 196 lbs.
Right Wing, Shoots Right
Born: April 14, 1983

Barry is a very strong skater with good speed and mobility for a player his size … has a hard wrist shot with a quick release and good scoring instincts … a tough player who is very effective in the corners and in front of the net … a power forward who drives hard to the net … a punishing body checker … is used in power play and penalty killing situations … needs to improve his consistency.


CSS Mid-season ranking: 19th
CSS Final ranking: 19th
5-11, 196 lbs.
Defense, Shoots Left
Born: November 26, 1982

A well-balanced and agile skater with good speed … has strong puck-handling skills and likes to join the offensive attack … an excellent passer who sees the ice very well … has a good quick wrist shot and a heavy slap shot from the point … a gritty player and authoritative body checker … a tough competitor who plays an aggressive game … is very effective on the special teams … a very reliable player who is used in crucial situations … good at blocking shots and will sacrifice himself to make the play.

The following is a self-policing forum for discussing views on this story. Comments that are derogatory, make personal attacks, are abusive, or contain profanity or racism will be removed at our discretion. USCHO.com is not responsible for comments posted by users. Please report any inappropriate or offensive comments by clicking the “Flag” link next to that comment in order to alert the moderator.

Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.

North Dakota 2016 National ChampionsBNY Mellon Wealth Management