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USHL Players Highlight NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

Wednesday April 24, 2013

Ian McCoshen of the Waterloo Black Hawks and John Hayden of Team USA lead a crop of 50 USHL players in the Final Rankings by NHL Central Scouting for the 2013 NHL Draft. (photos by Britta Lewis and Tom Sorensen)

USHL players recognized in advance of the 2013 NHL Draft

NHL Central Scouting released their Final Rankings of players eligible for the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft and among the list are 50 players who spent time in the USHL this season.

Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ian McCoshen leads all USHL skaters as he was listed at #24 on the rankings, followed by Team USA forward John Hayden who was one of the MVP’s at the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.  Team USA forwards J.T. Compher and Michael McCarron are ranked #34 and #35 respectively.

Of the first 10 USHL players ranked, six of them are defensemen, including Michael Downing (#49) of the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Gustav Olofsson (#51) of the Green Bay Gamblers.

Making one of the biggest jumps from the Midterm Rankings released by NHL Central Scouting in January is Jake Guentzel of the Sioux City Musketeers.  He was listed at #114 in the Midterm Rankings but has moved up to #80 following a stellar second half of his rookie season in the USHL.

Among the goaltenders, Cal Petersen of the Waterloo Black Hawks is the top rated USHL netminder at #4, just two spots ahead of teammate Eamon McAdam at #6.  All four of the USHL goaltenders ranked are currently competing in the Clark Cup Playoffs, including Charlie Lindgren (#19) of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Sean Romeo (#24) of the Youngstown Phantoms.

At least one player from 15 of the 16 USHL Member Clubs is listed on the Final Rankings by NHL Central Scouting. 

In addition, eight players who are alumni of the USHL appeared on the rankings, most notably former Team USA defenseman Seth Jones who is #1 overall among the North American skaters.

The 2013 NHL Draft will take place on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, Jersey - home of the New Jersey Devils.

USHL Players on NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings


#24 Ian McCoshen (D) – Waterloo Black Hawks

#29 John Hayden (F) – Team USA

#34 J.T. Compher (F) – Team USA

#35 Michael McCarron (F) – Team USA

#44 Thomas Vannelli (D) – Team USA

#45 Connor Hurley (F) – Muskegon Lumberjacks

#47 Steven Santini (D) – Team USA

#49 Michael Downing (D) – Dubuque Fighting Saints

#51 Gustav Olofsson (D) – Green Bay Gamblers

#53 Keaton Thompson (D) – Team USA

#62 Sean Malone (F) – Team USA

#64 Teemu Kivihalme (D) – Fargo Force

#70 Hudson Fasching (F) – Team USA

#77 Avery Peterson (F) – Sioux City Musketeers

#80 Jake Guentzel (F) – Sioux City Musketeers

#81 Blake Heinrich (D) – Sioux City Musketeers

#84 Tyler Motte (F) – Team USA

#87 Will Butcher (D) – Team USA

#88 Connor Clifton (D) – Team USA

#93 Brendan Harms (F) – Fargo Force

#94 Nick Hutchison (F) – Tri-City Storm

#96 Luke Johnson (F) – Lincoln Stars

#97 Jason Salvaggio (F) – Indiana Ice

#106 Grant Besse (F) – Omaha Lancers

#130 Peter Quenneville (F) – Dubuque Fighting Saints

#136 Alex Kile (F) – Green Bay Gamblers

#140 Parker Reno (D) – Lincoln Stars

#141 Neal Pionk (D) – Sioux City Musketeers

#143 Alex Iafallo (F) – Fargo Force

#148 Gage Ausmus (D) – Team USA

#157 Evan Allen (F) – Team USA

#170 Jake Jackson (F) – Waterloo Black Hawks

#176 Adam Johnson (F) – Indiana Ice

#181 Clint Lewis (D) – Team USA

#182 John Stevens (F) – Dubuque Fighting Saints

#186 Ross Olsson (F) – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

#187 Tyler Hill (F) – Chicago Steel

#191 Anthony Louis (F) – Team USA

#192 Trevor Moore (F) – Tri-City Storm

#193 Taylor Cammarata (F) – Waterloo Black Hawks

#201 Thomas Aldworth (F) – Tri-City Storm

#202 Keifer Sherwood (F) – Youngstown Phantoms

#203 Justin Kloos (F) – Waterloo Black Hawks

#208 Gabe Guertler (F) – Fargo Force

#209 Vinni Lettieri (F) – Lincoln Stars

#210 Frank DiChiara (F) – Dubuque Fighting Saints



#4 Cal Petersen – Waterloo Black Hawks

#6 Eamon McAdam – Waterloo Black Hawks

#19 Charlie Lindgren – Sioux Falls Stampede

#24 Sean Romeo – Youngstown Phantoms



Alumni on Final Rankings

#1 Seth Jones (D) – Team USA (2010-12)

#16 Ryan Hartman (F) – Team USA (2010-12)

#26 Adam Erne (F) – Indiana Ice (2010-11)

#38 Justin Bailey (F) – Indiana Ice (2011-12)

#95 Dakota Mermis (D) – Green Bay (2011-12), Team USA (2010-11), Lincoln (2009-10)

#132 Jonny Brodzinski (F) – Fargo Force (2010-12)

#142 Andrew Copp (F) – Team USA (2010-12)

#177 Ryan Lomberg (F) – Muskegon Lumberjacks (2011-12)


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 11th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2012-13.  With 19 NHL Draft picks on team rosters and over 250 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).

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