I dont remember a top 5 in the draft being this tightly scouted in years........there is some talk that Erik Johnson should go number one but that is not a sure thing with the Blues apparently liking both Jordan Staal and Backstrom as well. When was the last time that every player in the top 5 could have a solid argument for going first overall like could be done this year. Kessel- the surefire number 1 pick going into the world juniors is still thought of as the most skillful player in the draft by quite a ways. Toews- the most skilled 2 way player in the draft, who competes hard and is a big game player EJ- Big time Dman who had dominant World junior tourney and looks to be possible franchise dman Staal- lots of hype from his last name, but he has backed it up this season with a great playoffs and vastly improved skating, as well one of the smartest if not smartest players in the draft. Backstrom- Started out bottom line on his Sr mens team and ended the season being the best Fwd on the team, won rookie of the year award in the SEL and had a great year on most accounts. not to mention won gold in the worlds. Are they all this close? or is the scouting off? or is it just being held closely till draft time.