Bedard leads 2023 NHL Draft Central Scouting North America.

The top spot on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters presented by...

...BioSteel for the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft belongs to Regina of the Western Hockey League's Connor Bedard, a center.

On Tuesday, Central Scouting released its final rankings of the top skaters and goalies from North America and abroad.

Center The top skater in the world is Orebro's Leo Carlsson, who plays in the Swedish Hockey League.

Following a two-day video conference to discuss and finalize the regional lists, Central Scouting held its last meetings earlier this month with a five-day in-person session in Toronto.

The first round of the 2023 draft will take place on June 28 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, followed by rounds two through seven on June 29.

The NHL Draft Lottery, which determines the first 16 picks in the draft, will take place on May 8 at the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVAS).