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Generals Serron Noel stays in NHL Entry Draft top 10 rankings

The Oshawa Generals have five payers in the final NHL Central Scouting North American rankings for this weekend’s Entry Draft. The draft takes place June 22 and June 23 in Dallas, Texas. Clockwise are right-winger Serron Noel, ranked at #10, center Allan McShane, defenseman William Ennis, left-winger Renars Krastenbergs, and defenseman Nico Gross. (Photos courtesy of Ian Goodall)

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

The NHL Entry Draft can be a night where dreams come true or come to a crashing halt.

A number of members of Oshawa Generals roster will be watching the selection boards this weekend as the professional teams stock their reserves for the future.

In the final NHL Central Scouting North American rankings released earlier this month, right-winger Serron Noel is 10th overall, down slightly from his mid-term ranking of ninth.

The 6’5, 209 lbs Guelph-native scored 28 goals and 53 points last season, good enough for second and fifth overall respectively on the Generals.

Centerman Allan McShane is the next highest ranked General at #50, slipping from a midterm ranking of #33.

McShane was acquired by Oshawa from the Erie Otters in January 2017 and has been close to a point-per-game player since.

Last season, he scored 20 goals and added 45 assists to finish second in team scoring.

He was also nominated for the William Hanley Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Swiss born defenseman Nico Gross placed #56 in the final draft rankings, down slightly from #47 at midterm.

Gross signed with the Generals last August as the team’s 2017 Import Draft selection.

In 58 games in 2017-18, he posted four goals with 10 assists and 46 PIM.

Defenseman William Ennis made huge strides in the final rankings, jumping from #173 to #116.

Ennis played a larger role on the team in his second year, playing 66 games, scoring one goal and 10 assists with only 19 minutes in penalties.

Meanwhile, left-winger Renars Krastenbergs jumped into the mix, with a final ranking of #137 after being left off the midterm list.

In 61 games in 2017-18, Krastenbergs more the doubled his goal total from nine to 21, and finished seventh in team scoring with 38 points.

Two Generals were selected in the 2017 Entry Draft, captain Jack Studnicka by the Boston Bruins with the 53rd pick and Matt Brassard by the Vancouver Canucks at 188th overall.

The last General drafted in the first round was Michael Dal Calle, selected fifth overall by the New York Islanders in 2014.

The 2018 NHL Entry draft takes place June 22 and 23 in Dallas, Texas.