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NHL Central Scouting Names USHL Players on Prelim Rankings

Thursday November 17, 2011

Indiana Ice goaltender Jon Gillies and Team USA defenseman Jacob Trouba are among the top-rated USHL players in NHL Central Scouting prelim rankings. (photos by Whiteshark Photography and Tom Sorensen)

NHL Central Scouting has begun its initial stages of ranking the top draft-eligible prospects in advance of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and on Thursday released their preliminary rankings of players in each of the top North American junior hockey leagues.

The top 25 skaters and top goaltenders for each league were listed.  Six of the top 10 players listed in the USHL are defenseman, including Team USA defenseman Jacob Trouba who is the #1 ranked USHL player.  Dubuque Fighting Saints captain Zemgus Girgensons is #2 on the rankings followed by teammate and defenseman Michael Matheson.

Jon Gillies of the Indiana Ice was the top-rated goaltender among the six USHL goaltenders listed, followed by Collin Olson of Team USA and Alex Lyon of the Omaha Lancers.

Eleven USHL teams had at least one player on the preliminary rankings.

NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Rankings – USHL


#1 – Jacob Trouba (D), Team USA

#2 – Zemgus Girgensons (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints

#3 – Michael Matheson (D), Dubuque Fighting Saints

#4 – Stefan Matteau (F), Team USA

#5 – Brady Skjei (D), Team USA

#6 – Jordan Schmaltz (D), Green Bay Gamblers

#7 – Nicolas Kerdiles (F), Team USA

#8 – Matthew DeBlouw (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks

#9 – Brian Cooper (D), Fargo Force

#10 – Patrick Sieloff (D), Team USA

#11 – Robert Baillargeon (F), Indiana Ice

#12 – Nikolas Olsson (F), Team USA

#13 – Thomas DiPauli (F), Team USA

#14 – A.J. Michaelson (F), Waterloo Black Hawks

#15 – Zachary Aston-Reese (F), Lincoln Stars

#16 – Gavin Stoick (F), Team USA

#17 – Austyn Young (F), Sioux Falls Stampede

#18 – Vince Hinostroza (F), Waterloo Black Hawks

#19 – Kevin Roy (F), Lincoln Stars

#20 – Cameron Darcy (F), Team USA

#21 – Frankie Vatrano (F), Team USA

#22 – Dakota Mermis (D), Green Bay Gamblers

#23 – Quentin Shore (F), Team USA

#24 – Cliff Watson (D), Sioux City Musketeers

#25 – Riley Barber (F), Team USA



#1 – Jon Gillies, Indiana Ice

#2 – Collin Olson, Team USA

#3 – Alex Lyon, Omaha Lancers

#4 – Stephon Williams, Sioux Falls Stampede

#5 – Jared Rutledge, Team USA

#6 – Matt Morris, Dubuque Fighting Saints


In addition, NHL Central Scouting released a “Watch List” of players for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft that are currently playing college hockey.  Among the 17 players listed, nine are alumni of the USHL and all played in the League last season.

Joakim Ryan (D), Cornell University – Dubuque Fighting Saints

Cole Bardreau (F), Cornell University – Team USA

Ryan Haggerty (F), RPI – Team USA

Matt Killian (F), Yale University – Team USA

Adam Reid (F), Northeastern University – Team USA

Austin Wuthrich (F), University of Notre Dame – Team USA

Jake McCabe (D), University of Wisconsin – Team USA

Brendan Woods (F), University of Wisconsin – Muskegon Lumberjacks/Chicago Steel

Jarrod Rabey (D), St. Cloud State University – Indiana Ice


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12.  With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 18 NHL draftees on its rosters last season, and over 280 players committed to NCAA Division I schools during the 2010-11 season, the USHL is emerging 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 multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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