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Central Scouting Unveils '13 Prospects Watch List

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The road to the 2013 NHL Draft began in earnest Wednesday with the release of NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of players to watch in North America and Europe.

The lists, comprised of "A," "B" and "C" players for the upcoming season in each of the major junior hockey leagues, are sent to NHL team scouts for the purpose of tracking the top draft-eligible players entering the 2012-13 season.

All "A" skaters have been identified as potential first-round picks, while "B" players are considered second- or third-round candidates. The players on the "C" list are thought to be fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round possibilities.

Central Scouting's preliminary rankings will be revealed in November. That list includes the top 25 prospects for each of the various leagues throughout North America and Europe.

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While it may be too early to determine the strength of the 2013 draft class, NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said this season's group of forwards "is going to be strong." At this stage, Marr said "A" prospects Nathan Mackinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League are the frontrunners in North America.

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Portland Winterhawks' Seth Jones is among the top 2013 Draft prospects in North America. (Photo: Christopher Mast)

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Hmm.. Seems like some of the bright spots are sub 6'. If the draft is as deep as they think, we could see a few of the smaller guys drop (like Schroeder in 09)

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Hmm.. Seems like some of the bright spots are sub 6'. If the draft is as deep as they think, we could see a few of the smaller guys drop (like Schroeder in 09)

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Being in Portland, im not so sure about Seth Jones yet. Its still early but i just dread this kid's pass! When he passes i actually cover my eyes...

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thanks for posting this i have been looking all over the place for the Prelim rankings.

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