The team holding the top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft will need to consider one important question prior to stepping to the podium to announce its selection on June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

What do we need right now?

Is it a poised and polished minute-munching, two-way defenseman? Or a sublimely skilled center? There are no wrong decisions at the top this year.

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr and his staff made that point loud and clear Wednesday with the release of Central Scouting's final rankings of the top draft-eligible skaters and goaltenders from North America and Europe.

While there was much debate and discussion regarding the top-three North American skaters on the board, Central Scouting ultimately decided that no change was necessary from the midterm list released in January.

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones remains No. 1, followed by Halifax Mooseheads teammates center Nathan MacKinnon at No. 2 and left wing Jonathan Drouin at No. 3.

"These are players you can build your team around, so what kind of player do you want to build with?" Marr said. "Do you want to build from the back-end out, or do you want to build up the middle? There's no steadfast answer, so the projection is what the player will mean to the team.

"We think Seth's game is still going to develop, as are MacKinnon and Drouin, but we had no reason to remove Seth from that No. 1 spot. We do feel Nathan will get stronger and continue to develop."

After deeming 6-foot-3.5, 205-pound Jones as the top prospect on the board this season, the scouts exchanged arguments and observations why MacKinnon should remain ahead of linemate Drouin, who had nine more goals and 30 more points in five more games during the regular season.

"Nate MacKinnon is a right-handed centerman that can play in any area of the ice," Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "With the way he thinks the game, there would seem to be a huge ceiling for this kid and what he can become.

"Drouin couldn't have done anything more to push the envelope against MacKinnon and Seth Jones, so that's as tight a gap as you'll ever get between first and third. If you're picking No. 1, 2 or 3, you're a happy team."