..at least for public information ...this is in regard to fACE-OFF stats which are not published by the WHL and OHL on their websites...so--especially in evaluating CENTRES --how can we know (maybe the teams keep their own internal stats on this in those leagues and reveal them to the NHl teams --or maybe the scouts take theirown samples of such data on centres they scout)--but WE 'amateur" draftniks cannot get this vital assessment data which could be a very important decider among several alternatives who might be avaibale at certain selection spots. How is RNH in the face-off dot? Superior. Average. Poor ? IT could make a big difference in selection alternatives. WE know the Q players' face-off stats..THUS though ZACK PHILLIPS is ranked higher than RYAN STROME by central Scouting at mid-term -we know PHILLIPS is just 44% in the face-off dot ...IF STROME is way superior there -then that could make an enormous difference in switching th rankings in several teams eyes...NOT that face-offs alone would do it -but if in all other factors the ranking scores come close --face-=offs could be a decider.. The fact is the OHL does not give the face-off stories -so I have no idea if Stome is Superior ,average or poor /below average at winning draws..If Strome is special at draws and RNH is poor -then maybe Strome rises even ahead of RNH.. The point is -without this criteria-especially for centres,it is difficult to establish target selection preferences unless other factors clearly indicate a BPA ranking ..but if considering all the other criteria it is relatively close,then obviously face-offs could be a big deciding item. Certainly we know that MIKKA ZIBANEJAD (perhaps a 12-19 pick?) and JOACHIM NERMARK (a late first to 40 pick?) excell at face-offs among their Swedish Jr. peer groups..That fact alone would not push them into the same higher class than RNH,Couturier ,Strome or Phillips as most "conensus " rankings have them --but still,face-off acumen SHOULD be of great importance -especially to teams lacking depth of centres with such ability on the draws. Perhaps some teams drafting top ten would consider trading their picks down if they could get either immediate help plus a first rounder or two firsts back and still draft a Zibanejad or a Nermark with the later pick or one of the later picks ... Anyway-it would be great if the OHL and WHL would start showing face-off stats. Unfortunately we do not have those for comparing to prospects where we do have such stats... (though as I said-maybe privately the teams in those leagues keep such ststs and release them to the nHl scouts,or the scouting orgs /and or NHL team scouts do their own private stats on "targets" they try to rank for the draft. Are face-off that important? YES! Just ask the Blackhawks--who except for Toews excellence on draws,find that everyone else they have used at centre is not very adept at it..for a team supposedly trying to play a possession game,starting off lossing possession forces chasing ,tales away energy,takes away opportunity to score-it is not optimal ...one would like to win a lot more draws. SO I call out the OHL and WHL to start showing us the face-off stats to get a true picture of the "effectiveness" of their draft-elogible centre prospects.