Hughes, Kakko finish atop Central Scouting’s final draft rankings

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are the No. 1 North American and international skaters, respectively, in the final draft rankings released Monday by NHL Central Scouting.

Hughes, the presumptive first overall pick in June's draft, has produced 48 points in 24 games with the U.S. national team development program's Under-18 squad this season. The 17-year-old center will turn 18 on May 14.

Kakko, an 18-year-old winger from Finland, notched 38 points in 45 contests with TPS Turku in 2018-19, and added four goals and an assist in five playoff games.

The New Jersey Devils won the draft lottery on April 9 and own the first overall pick. The New York Rangers will pick second.

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