Gabriel Landeskog, seen playing for Sweden in August 2010, is currently on the mend due to an ankle injury. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images))

Kitchener Rangers forward Gabriel Landeskog is the top North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's mid-season rankings for the 2011 draft.

The Swede was placed ahead of Sean Couturier of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels.

Jonathan Huberdeau of the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs was ranked fourth while Tyler Biggs of the U.S. national developmental program placed fifth.

Swedish defenceman Adam Larsson was the top-ranked European skater.

Landeskog has 25 goals and 45 points in 32 games this season and is currently on the sidelines with a high-ankle sprain he suffered at the recent world junior championship.

The 18-year-old is in his second OHL season and is just the league's second-ever European-born captain.

The Minnesota Wild will host the draft on June 24th and 25th.