NEW YORK (CP) - University of Wisconsin left-winger Dany Heatley is
the top North American prospect for the NHL draft in June, according
to the final rankings released Monday by NHL Central Scouting.
Heatly, from Calgary, was ranked No. 1 in Central Scouting's mid-
The six-foot-one, 200-pound forward had 27 goals and 25 assists in 35
games as a freshman with the Badgers. He was one of Canada's top
forwards in a bronze-medal effort at the world junior hockey
championship in January.
Brampton Battalion defenceman Rostislav Klesla also retained his No.
2 ranking. The six-foot-two, 198-pound blue-liner from the Czech
Republic had 16 goals and 29 assists in 67 games.
Europeans who play in Canada or the U.S. are ranked among North
Prince Albert Raiders forward Scott Hartnell, Boston College
defenceman Brooks Orpik and Erie Otters centre Brad Boyes round out
the top five.
Brent Krahn of the Calgary Hitmen is the top-ranked North American
goaltender. The six-foot-four, 200-pound native of Winnipeg posted a
record of 33-6-0 and a goals-against average of 2.38.
The top European prospect is Russian right-winger Pavel Vorobiev, who
plays for Yarsoslavl in the Russian senior league. He is followed by
Russian forwards Mikahil Yakubov and left-winger Alexei Smirnov and
Slovakia's Marian Gaborik.
Russian Ilja Bryzgalkov, from the club Togliatti, is ranked first
among European goaltenders. He is currently playing for Russia at the
world hockey championship.
The Canadian Press, 2000