Here is the culmination of work that began for your "Game Time" Prospect Department last summer, right after the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Your GTPD takes a day or two off after each year's draft to recharge, and then starts right into researching the players who will be available for the next season's draft.
Beginning with the "Players To Watch" lists that come out during training camp, through Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings during the holiday season, through the release of the CSS Final rankings in May, right up to the draft itself... Your GTPD is on the case trying to bring you as much information as possible about players who, in some cases, will be "Tomorrow's Blues."
We prepare a separate Excel spreadsheet for the North American skaters, the European skaters, the North American goaltenders, and the European goaltenders. Presented today are all four spreadsheets.
Explanation of Column Headings:
-- REG: Region, either North America (NA) or Europe (EU).
-- PTW: Player ranking on Players To Watch listing.
-- MID: Player ranking on CSS Midterm listing.
-- FIN: Player ranking on CSS Final listing.
-- COMMITMENT: College that the player has committed to, if applicable.
Players whose stat lines are highlighted in blue are players on this year's "Game Time" Prospect Department "Hot List," which will be explored in greater detail next week.
To open the Microsoft OneDrive Excel spreadsheet:
-- Hover over the icon at the far right end of the dark grey bar below the worksheet.
-- It should read "View full-size workbook."
-- Click on the icon.
Reading the stat lines for Swedish players:
-- The season in the Swedish junior ranks is divided into two parts. For the U20 leagues (Sodra, or southern, and Norra, or northern) the first half of the season is the "regular" season, and the second half is divided into a "Top 10" series, for the five top clubs in each of the two leagues, and a "Continuation" series (Fortsättning) for the other clubs.
-- The U18 leagues are divided into "Elite" series in each of the four compass-point regions (Norr, Öst, Syd and Väst), and then the top 20 clubs play in the second-half J18 Allsvenskan.
-- For example, look at the stat line for the top-ranked European goalie, Filip Gustavsson. Under "League," note that he played in "SWEDEN-JR," which is the code for the U20 league. Under "Team," note that he played for "LULEÅ JR (n/Fo)." This means that the Luleå U20 squad played the first half of the season in the Norra, or Northern, league, and the second half of the season in the Fortsättning, or Continuation series (for teams that did not finish in the top five in their respective leagues).