Forward Josh Nodler leads a group of seven players with Fargo Force ties on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings heading into the 2019 NHL Draft at the end of the month as the Force look to have their most successful Draft of all time.
The former Honeybaked skater is coming off a rookie season that saw him register 42 points (17-25-42) in 54 games played for the Force. His 25 assists tied for third on the team while he finished fourth among Fargo skaters for goals and points. Among USHL rookies, Nodler finished tied for seventh with 17 goals and was 11th with 42 points.
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The Michigan State University commit represented the Force at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He also skated for his country as a member of Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. A nine-game point streak early in the season (September 28 – October 27) saw the Oak Park, Mich. native collect 10 (3-7-10) of his 42 points this season.
Nodler was joined on the NHL Central Scouting rankings by forwards Aaron Huglen (90), Kyle Bettens (191) and Kaden Bohlsen (196) as well as defenseman Spencer Meier (178). Force defenseman Ethan Frisch was previously ranked (109, Midterm), while defenseman Ryan Siedem and forward Lynden Breen – who were both acquired in the Central Illinois Flying Aces Dispersal Draft – were #116 and #183, respectively, among North American Skaters in the final rankings. With seven players on the final rankings, the Force could set a new team record for most players taken in a single NHL Draft after they had four players selected in 2012.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“Josh made great advancements in his play this season. He’s a focused young man and works hard at his game in practice and on his own. He has elite playmaking ability and has a rocket of a shot that allows him to score from outside the hashmarks. His defensive awareness and execution improved a ton to where we were able to play him at center later in the year. He has a strong 200-foot game.”
– Cary Eades, Fargo Force General Manager
“Josh has had an excellent year and has progressed very well. He is a very smart player and makes the players on the ice with him better. His 200-foot game is going to make us a much deeper team at the center. Josh has always been a great leader both on and off the ice, and he will fit in well with our culture.”
– Danton Cole, Michigan State University Head Coach
"Smart two-way player is an underrated playmaker. Starred for Team USA at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Going to Michigan State."
– McKeen's Draft Guide
BY THE NUMBERS:
25 – Highest total pick a Fargo player has been selected at (2016, Riley Tufte)
16 – Fargo Force players taken all-time in the NHL Draft
13 – Amount of NHL teams that have drafted Force players
4 – Most Force players taken in one Draft (2012)
3 – Years in a row at least one Fargo player has been taken in the NHL Draft
For more information, please visit the 2019 NHL Draft Hub.
The NHL Draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver from June 21-22. For continued coverage of the top USHL prospects heading into the Draft, follow the USHL on Twitter (@USHL), Facebook (ushlhockey) and Instagram (@ushl).
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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