Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Knights' Bouchard ranked top North American defenceman ahead of National Hockey League draft

Knights' Bouchard ranked top North American defenceman ahead of National Hockey League draft

Evan Bouchard is the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's top North American defenceman heading into the first round of the 2018 draft June 22 at Dallas.

Centre Matthew Struthers, wingers Justin Brazeau and Luke Burghardt all remain on the list of the top 217 North American skaters, but defenceman Adam Thilander dropped out of the rankings.

Durzi was ranked at No. 37 on the list, the 19-year-old defenceman is a draft re-entry this year.

After being passed over twice by Central Scouting, Jermaine Loewen comes in as the 160th best prospect in the final ranking.

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With New Hampton, Kesselring finished with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 38 games from the blue line.

Carlile was ranked No. 176 in the final rankings, making his debut on the list after not being ranked in the mid-term rankings. He's added seven points, three goals and four assists, in 10 games so far in the postseason.

The Parry Sound native stands five-foot-seven, but has been credited by coaches and scouts for playing in the "hard areas" of the ice. He scored in a pre-tournament game against Slovakia on Sunday. Roberts had 15 goals and 12 assists in 44 games after being traded to the Flint Firebirds. He trails only Barrie's Andrei Svechnikov, Knights draft pick Brady Tkachuk (who played at Boston University this past season) and Filip Zadina of the Halifax Mooseheads. Central Scouting releases separate lists for North American and European skaters, as well as North American and European goaltenders.

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