Swede tops preliminary draft rankings

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

The Kitchener Rangers' super Swede is among the top-rated players on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings.

Winger Gabriel Landeskog, the Rangers captain and one of the Ontario Hockey League's scoring leaders, topped the list of draft-eligible players from the OHL in the rankings released by the league Tuesday. The preliminary rankings are broken down by league for North American players and by country for Europeans.

Centre Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, considered by many to be the top prospect for the 2011 NHL draft, is first on the list of Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leaguers. Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels tops the list of Western Hockey League players.

Landeskog is one of three Kitchener skaters in the top 10 on the OHL list. Centre Tobias Rieder, a native of Landshut, Germany, is ranked sixth and defenceman Ryan Murphy, touted by Don Cherry as the player who should be picked first, is eighth.

Rounding out the top three skaters from the OHL are Saginaw Spirit winger Brandon Saad and Niagara IceDogs defenceman Dougie Hamilton. Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack is the top-rated goalie.

Saint John Sea Dogs centre Jonathan Huberdeau and defenceman Nathan Beaulieu are ranked behind Couturier on the QMJHL list. Six Saint John players are among the top 11 players on the list.

Christopher Gibson of the Chicoutimi Sagauneens is the No. 1 goalie.

Portland Winterhawks wingers Sven Baertsci and Ty Rattie are ranked second and third in the WHL rankings. Brandon Wheat Kings' Liam Liston is the top goalie.

More surgery for Markov?

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov could be going back under the knife just months after having ACL surgery on his right knee.

The Canadiens have confirmed that Markov re-injured his right knee Saturday against Carolina and will be out long term, according to multiple online reports. The team says he will be out for a "prolonged" but "indefinite" time.

But the Habs are denying Markov has already undergone surgery, and won't confirm that he requires it.

Markov returned to action Oct. 30 after having surgery last spring. His recovery time was around five months, leading to speculation he will be out of the Habs' lineup for at least that long this time.

In seven games this season, Markov had one goal and two assists.

Poni on IR

Kings forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been put on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Ponikarovsky was injured during the Kings win over Nashville Nov. 6. He has two goals and two assists in 13 games this season.

The Kings recalled Dwight King from Manchester of the AHL to take Ponikarovsky's spot on the active roster.

Quick hits

Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo will be out for three weeks after spraining his left knee Monday against Ottawa. Carcillo has one goal and one assist in 15 games ... Carolina grabbed winger Troy Bodie off waivers from Anaheim. Bodie, 25, had one assist in nine games with the Ducks. Bruins centre David Krejci, out with a concussion since Nov. 6, is close to returning after passing baseline tests. He traveled with the team to New York for Wednesday's game against the Rangers ... Travis Zajac was taken off Ilya Kovalchuk's line by coach John MacLean. Zajac will skate between Brian Rolston and David Clarkson while Dainius Zubrus will centre Kovalchuk and Alexander Vasyunov.


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