This is my final top 60 for the 2004 Entry Draft now that everything of note for the 2004 draft class (except for the last few CHL teams) has wrapped up. I have attended several hundred games and tournaments (all over the place) with prospects in them this year plus have chatted and corresponded with scouts, coaches, other hockey people and have read just about everything of import that has been written about these players. Note: This is NOT a mock draft but a ranking. 1. Alex Ovechkin- Gee! What a surprise! 2. Evegeny Malkin- Duh! 3. Rostislav Olesz- The concussion doesnâ€™t seem to have been a problem. I see Michalek with slightly better hands here so he stays at #3 for me. 4. A.J. Thelen- Better upside than Barker. REALLY impressed against older competition. 5. Laurie Tukonen- Was a man among boys at U18s. Excellent all-around sure-fire pro type. 6. Cam Barker- Has fairly obvious holes in his game but can also be a game-breaking big time talent. 7. Alex Radulov- Dynamic, catalyst, wants the puck and wants to win type. Exciting. 8. Andrew Ladd- Everyone who sees him seems to come away as a believer. Me too. 9. Marek Schwarz- Still ranks clearly as the best goalie for 2004. 10. Rob Schremp- This much talent gets you just about everywhere. I donâ€™t buy the attitude problem stuff. 11. Wojtek Wolski- Still quite hasnâ€™t put it all together but if/when he doesâ€¦ 12. Alex Picard- He just keeps scoring. I like his hunger and enthusiasm. 13. Drew Stafford- Solid 2nd line NHLer. Good 2 way guy. 14. Ladislav Smid- A lot of people poo-poo him because of Pierre McGuireâ€™s comments based on one play in one WJC game. Nah- this guy could be a stud defenseman. 15. Dave Bolland- Love his drive, instincts and energy but seemed to run out of steam in the end. 16. Alvaro Montoya- Seems to be the consensus no.2 goalie this year. 17. Kyle Chipchura- Forget the stats- this guy really seems to have ALL the intangibles. Very well-rounded hockey player. 18. Wes Oâ€™Neill- Was up and down all year but size/skating ratio still makes him a prized pick. 19. Mike Green- Very solid canâ€™t miss pick at this position. 20. Andrej Meszaros- Somewhat like Barker, love his positive puck movement and vision but has holes. 21. David Schantz- Outstanding playoff performance puts him into top 20 range. 22. Bruce Graham- Eric Daze but with even better playmaking potential. 23. Cory Schneider- Made a believer out of many at recent U18s. 24. Roman Voloshenko- Opportunistic sniper is on the rise. Needs to improve foot speed. 25. Boris Valabik- Meanest and biggest of he early picks. 26. Oscar Hedman- Excellent performance at U18s lands him 1st round status. 27. Johan Fransson- Proved his worth at high levels of play all year. 28. Lukas Kaspar- Can SHOOT and drive to the net like few others in this draft. 29. Blake Wheeler- Dominant HSer is rising with a bullet. 30. Lauri Korpikoski- Has come out of nowhere and improved almost every game. Real sleeper. 31. Jakub Sindel- Great hands but is his physical game suited to the NHL? I worryâ€¦ 32. Enver Lisin- Great feet, but is the rest of his game suited to the NHL? I worryâ€¦ 33. Petteri Nokelainen- Rough and tumble guy starting to show off high skill package too. 34. Adam Pineault- Draft position could be affected by choice of team for next season. Big upside and downside here. 35. Johannes Salmonsson- Will he even opt-in? Injury worriesâ€¦ 36. Carl Soderburg- Plays well-rounded pro-style game. 37. Devan Dubnyk- Had hot-and-cold year. Still needs to prove himself. 38. Travis Zajac- Just going on othersâ€™ comments here. 39. Roman Tesliuk- Due for big breakout next year. Very smart- excellent skater. Could turn out to be very underrated at this position. 40. David Booth- Pro-style two-way player with some skill but needs more mobility. 41. Kiril Lyamin- Best Russian U18 DF but lacks anything dynamic in his game. 42. Paul Stastny- Smart, skilled and who can argue with the name? 43. Mikhail Yunkov- Classic skilled, fast Russian forward. 44. Kyle Wharton- Really came on in 2nd half to show dominating potential. 45. Sergei Ogorodnikov- Poor manâ€™s Radulov. Could surprise. 46. John Lammers- Fun to watch. Very nice skill package- due for scoring breakout next season. 47. Adam Berti- Can blow hot or cold. A poor manâ€™s Wolski? 48. Justin Peters- Clearly best goalie pick for mid 2nd round. 49. Karel Hromas- Banger plays physical, traffic game well. 50. Alexei Emelin- Talented and smart with nice upside. Needs muscle. 51. Bryan Bickell- Power forward? Skilled bug guy? Space filler? Still donâ€™t know. 52. Roman Tomanek- Showed great offensive instincts at recent world U18s. 53. Ryan Garlock- Just keeps up steady, decent play. Safe bet. 54. Vaclav Meidl- The Euro version of Bickell. Must find game-type and develop consistency. 55. T.J. Hensick- You canâ€™t ignore this level of skill for too long. 56. Sami Lepisto- Was his WJC performance an anomaly? Will size be a problem? Big upside and downside. 57. Andy Rogers- Still love that size/skating ratio. Due for offensive breakout next year. 58. Martins Karsums- Reminds me of Hensick. Fun to watch- great energy guy. 59. Juraj Gracik- Shows power forward potential. 60. Alex Pluschyev- Real up and down player who sleepwalks through some shifts but oozes talent. 61. Evan McGrath- Only here because of the hidden talent in there SOMEWHERE. Really did not impress me (or many people) this year. Be very wary. 62. Jeff Schultz- Big project. Must improve footwork, faded late in season. Other possible/likely 2nd rounders who I've missed (since compensation picks will be added) are U.S., U.S.-going or U.S. based players who I didn't see much or at all: Steve Birnstill, Casey Borer, Darrin Olver, Grant Lewis, Mike Lundin, Keith Yandle, Kyle Kluberanz, Matt Auffrey, Kevin Porter, Chad Kolarik, Geoff Paukovich, Paul Baier, Kris Chucko, Ray Sawada, Victor Orestovich, Jon Sigalet... If you want to ask where I rate other players please feel free to do so. I must admit to being less knowledgeable (1st hand) about USHS and USHL players though.