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Monday, June 20, 2011

Bob McKenzie's final 2011 NHL Entry Draft list debuts tonight on TSN

As always, this list is eagerly anticipated because of Bob McKenzie's status and connections.

His rankings closely resemble the kids who are going to be the first-round picks if not the order. A year ago, he got 25 out of 30 of the 2010 draft's players in round 1. He came onto NHL Live today with E.J. Hradek and Bill Pidto to say his low-end was 23 right, with a high of 28.

McKenzie shed light on his rankings and how he comes up with it. He said that for the 2011 list, he talked to 10 scouts in the NHL and polled them to get a numerical reading of where everyone will go and use a mathematical formula to see where they will go. Not like a scouting service saying where they should be taken, but a consensus opinion among 10 NHL scouts who feel the players will be taken.

The TSN show comes on at 7:30 p.m. and once we can digest the list, will provide some analysis on some of the more interesting selections. He confirmed that there is a top-9, near consensus this year, which jives with the evidence that Mika Zibanejad has worked himself squarely into the high-end picture.

In the meantime, here's the link to our analysis of his mid-season edition for your perusal.

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