Although it is still less than half the way through the season,  I thought I'd start a post  on the 2010-2011 draft.  There are already many articles being published on the subject, so at least this post  could have some links and scouting reports:




Here is a portion of that article:


The Top 10

1. Taylor Hall

Left Wing - Windsor (OHL)
Born: 11/14/91, Kingston, ON
6-1, 185 lbs.

The Insider's Take: Prior to the 2009 draft, several NHL scouts told me that if Taylor Hall were eligible they would take the Kingston, Ont., native ahead of John Tavares, Victor Hedman or Matt Duchene. Hall's forte is as a tenacious goal-scorer who does everything at a high speed. He's a dynamic game-breaker who is an excellent bet to be on Canada's national junior team this year.

2. Cam Fowler

Defence - Windsor (OHL)
Born: 12/05/91, Northville, MI
6-2, 190 lbs.

The Insider's Take: The scouts often refer to the young American as the "total package." He has size, speed and skill and can be a force at both ends of the ice. Originally drafted by the Kitchener Rangers, the graduate of the U.S. national development program went back into the OHL draft when he didn't report to Kitchener, only to be selected by Windsor, where he's playing this season.

3. Tyler Seguin

Centre - Plymouth (OHL)
Born: 01/31/92, Brampton, ON
6-1, 186 lbs.

The Insider's Take: I watched him play minor hockey in his very early years in Whitby. Along the way, he moved to Brampton, Ont., and the Plymouth Whaler centre has now fully blossomed as an elite offensive force who looks like a lock to be a top five pick in this draft. He's probably viewed more as a playmaker than a goal scorer but he has an outstanding shot. Playing on a line with John McFarland and Tyler Toffoli, Seguin was outstanding at the U-18 tourney in August in the Czech Republic. Scouts raved about his play and he may have done enough there to get an invite to Canada's final national junior camp in December.

4. Kirill Kabanov

Right Wing - Spartak Moscow (KHL)
Born: 07/16/92, Moscow, Russia
6-3, 176 lbs.

The Insider's Take: The Russian, who is awaiting the transfer paperwork to allow him to play for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec League, is a highly-skilled, offensive minded lanky centre. Whether he falls victim to the so-called "Russian factor" remains to be seen, because his skills are elite and he's one of several Russians this year who have Top 10 potential. He was, however, shut down by his future Moncton teammate Brandon Gormley in the U-18 championship game.
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