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86 Players with USHL Ties Named to NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List

10/07/2019, 4:45pm CDT
By USHL

67 Active USHL Players Leads All Leagues

NHL Central Scouting announced Monday their Preliminary Players to Watch List, in preparation for the 2020 NHL Draft. The annual list identifies players using the following criteria:

  • A Rating – indicates a 1st round candidate
  • B rating – indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
  • C rating – indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

Among those listed are 86 players who have appeared in at least one USHL regular season game, which is the most in most among all junior leagues. Nineteen USHL alumni were also included in the list. In total, 68 players are currently committed to – or are playing – college hockey, including 14 A-rated or B-rated skaters.

This comes after the USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft this past summer, including a league-record 52 active players. Forty-or-more players from the USHL have been selected in eight-consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 800 USHL alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters for the 2019-20 season.

Ranking First Last USHL Team College Commitment / Current Team *
A Jake Sanderson USA Hockey NTDP University of North Dakota
A Ty Smilanic USA Hockey NTDP Uncommitted
B Blake Biondi Sioux City Musketeers University of Minnesota Duluth
B Thomas Bordeleau USA Hockey NTDP University of Michigan
B Aidan Campbell * USA Hockey NTDP Uncommitted / Erie Otters (OHL)
B Sam Colangelo Chicago Steel Northeastern University
B Brock Faber USA Hockey NTDP Uncommitted
B Danil Gushchin Muskegon Lumberjacks Uncommitted
B Wyatt Kaiser Dubuque Fighting Saints University of Minnesota Duluth
B Tyler Kleven USA Hockey NTDP University of North Dakota
B Yan Kuznetsov * Sioux Falls Stampede University of Connecticut
B Mitch Miller Tri-City Storm University of North Dakota
B Dylan Peterson USA Hockey NTDP Boston University
B Eamon Powell USA Hockey NTDP Boston College
B Luke Reid Chicago Steel University of North Dakota
B Ryder Rolston Waterloo Black Hawks University of Notre Dame
B Luke Tuch USA Hockey NTDP Boston University
B Zachary Urdahl Lincoln Stars University of Wisconsin
C Colby Ambrosio Tri-City Storm Boston College
C Kyle Aucoin Tri-City Storm Harvard University
C Andrei Bakanov * Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Uncommitted / Guelph Storm (OHL)
C Carson Bantle Madison Capitols Michigan Tech University
C Jacob Bauer Lincoln Stars Western Michigan University
C Ryan Beck Dubuque Fighting Saints University of Denver
C Brett Berard USA Hockey NTDP Providence College
C Cameron Berg Omaha Lancers University of Nebraska-Omaha
C Jake Boltmann Lincoln Stars University of Minnesota
C Chase Bradley Omaha Lancers Northeastern University
C Brendan Brisson Chicago Steel University of Michigan
C Jeremie Bucheler * Chicago Steel Northeastern University
C Evan Bushy Sioux Falls Stampede St. Cloud State University
C Nick Capone Tri-City Storm University of Connecticut
C Matt Choupani Des Moines Buccaneers Northeastern University
C Drew Commesso USA Hockey NTDP Boston University
C Tanner Dickinson * Green Bay Gamblers Uncommitted / Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
C Josh Doan Chicago Steel Arizona State University
C Riley Duran * Youngstown Phantoms Providence College / Cape Cod Whalers U18 (EHF Elite)
C Noah Ellis Des Moines Buccaneers University of Massachusetts
C Mark Estapa Tri-City Storm Uncommitted
C Sean Farrell Chicago Steel Harvard University
C Michael Gildon * USA Hockey NTDP Ohio State University
C Noah Grannan USA Hockey NTDP University of Wisconsin
C Patrick Guzzo Waterloo Black Hawks University of Michigan
C Stephen Halliday Dubuque Fighting Saints University of North Dakota
C Samuel Hlavaj * Lincoln Stars Uncommitted / Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
C Dominic James Lincoln Stars University of Minnesota Duluth
C Alex Jefferies * Dubuque Fighting Saints Merrimack College / The Gunnery (High-CT)
C Christian Jimenenz Sioux City Musketeers Harvard University
C Zakary Karpa USA Hockey NTDP Princeton University
C Anthony Kehrer Sioux City Musketeers University of Wisconsin
C Connor Kelley USA Hockey NTDP University of Minnesota Duluth
C Hank Kempf Muskegon Lumberjacks Cornell University
C Ryan Kirwan Madison Capitols Penn State University
C Timofei Kohoklachev * Des Moines Buccaneers Uncommitted / Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL)
C Trevor Kuntar Youngstown Phantoms Harvard University
C Jackson Kunz * Green Bay Gamblers University of North Dakota / Shattuck St. Mary's (USHS-Prep)
C Daniel Laatsch USA Hockey NTDP University of Wisconsin
C Alex Laferriere Des Moines Buccaneers Harvard University
C Jakub Lewandowski Sioux Falls Stampede Uncommitted
C Joel Maatta Sioux City Musketeers Uncommitted
C Vittorio Mancini * Sioux Falls Stampede University of Nebraska Omaha / Frolunda HC (SuperElit)
C Ryan McGuire * Madison Capitols Colgate University
C Hunter McKown USA Hockey NTDP Uncommitted
C Ben Meehan Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of Massachusetts-Lowell
C Zachary Michaelis * Waterloo Black Hawks University of Nebraska-Omaha / Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
C Owen Michaels Lincoln Stars Uncommitted
C Dylan Moulton Green Bay Gamblers Miami University
C Jackson Nieuwendyk Sioux City Musketeers Uncommitted
C Kristof Papp Madison Capitols Michigan State University
C Ondrej Psenicka Waterloo Black Hawks Uncommitted
C Colin Purcell Youngstown Phantoms University of Massachusetts
C Ruben Rafkin * Tri-City Storm Uncommitted / Windsor Spitfires
C Grant Riley * Madison Capitols Uncommitted / Janesville Jets
C Casey Roepke * Green Bay Gamblers University of Wisconsin / Janesville Jets (NAHL)
C Wyatt Schingoethe Waterloo Black Hawks University of Denver
C Patrick Schmiedlin Des Moines Buccaneers Uncommitted
C Ben Schoen Youngstown Phantoms Penn State University
C Ryan Siedem * Central Illinois Flying Aces Harvard University
C Grant Silianoff Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of Notre Dame
C Landon Slaggert USA Hockey NTDP University of Notre Dame
C Sam Stange Sioux City Musketeers University of Wisconsin
C Ethan Szmagaj Waterloo Black Hawks University of Michigan
C Jacob Truscott USA Hockey NTDP University of Michigan
C Danny Weight * USA Hockey NTDP Boston College / Penticton Vees (BCHL)
C Jack Williams Muskegon Lumberjacks Northeastern University
C Chase Yoder USA Hockey NTDP Providence College

* indicates USHL alumni

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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