NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings for the 2012 draft on Monday. As expected, Hockey East is well represented. Eleven players committed to Hockey East schools cracked the top 100 among North American skaters, and 22 (updated to 23) total made the 210-player list. In addition, two Hockey East commits (updated to three) were ranked among the top 35 North American goalies. Below the jump is the full list of Hockey East recruits to make the list. All players are expected to be on campus next season unless otherwise noted.
North American Skaters
18- F Zemgus Girgensons (Vermont)
30- D Michael Matheson (BC)
36- F Sam Kurker (BU, 2013)
43- F Mark Jankowski (Providence)
50- F Robbie Baillargeon (BU, 2013)
58- F Devin Shore (Maine)
69- F Chris Calnan (BC, 2013)
76- F Danny O’Regan (BU)
88- F Frank Vatrano (BC)
98- F Paul DeJersey (Providence)
99- D Doyle Somerby (BU, 2013)
101- F Adam Gilmour (BC, 2013)
130- F Will Merchant (Maine)
132- F John Stevens (Northeastern, 2013)
134- F Cam Darcy (Northeastern)
142- F Wade Murphy (Merrimack, 2013)
143- F Brendan Collier (BU, 2013)
145- F Kevin Duane (BU, 2013)
150- F Matt Lane (BU)
177- D Matt Grzelcyk (BU)
184- D Travis Jeke (BC)
200- D Ben Hutton (Maine)
206- D Sam Wolfe (Maine, 2013)
Note: Lowell freshman defenseman Dmitry Sinitsyn received a “Limited Viewing” because he did not play in any games this season.
Per usual, this list is dominated by BC and BU recruits. What really stands out is just how loaded BU’s 2013 class is — six guys in the top 145. There are rumors that Kurker is considering decommitting, but that class will still be stacked even if he does renege. Also worth noting, Nate Leaman is already starting to bring some top-end talent to Providence, with Jankowski and DeJersey leading this year’s class.
Update: Kurker has since been accepted to BU, and it appears that him decommitting is not very likely. This list has also been updated to include Adam Gilmour’s commitment to BC.
North American Goalies
6- Jon Gillies (Providence)
25- Matt Morris (Maine)
28- Sean Maguire (BU)
Note: Jon Gillies, who had been committed to Northeastern up until last week, is ranked sixth.
Obviously everyone will be watching to see what Gillies’ next move is. I’ve been told that at least one Hockey East school has shown interest. Gillies told the Maine Hockey Journal that he was “50-50” between going to another college or going to the Quebec Remparts, who own his major junior rights.
Update: Gillies will be staying in Hockey East after all, as he recently announced that he will be attending Providence.