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80 USHL Ties on NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

01/14/2020, 10:15pm CST

58 Current USHL Players Recognized by NHL Central Scouting

NHL Central Scouting announced Monday its Midterm Rankings ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft, which featured 80 ranked players with USHL ties. Among the 80, 58 are currently playing in the USHL or have played at least one game this season in the league. 

In total, 16 USHL teams (current or former) are represented in the rankings, including 10 teams - USA Hockey National Team Development Program (22), Chicago Steel (9), Waterloo Black Hawks (7), Muskegon Lumberjacks (6), Des Moines Buccaneers (5), Lincoln Stars (5), Madison Capitols (5), Sioux City Musketeers (5), Sioux Falls Stampede (5), and Tri-City Storm (5) - all with five or more current or former players in the rankings. 

According to the NHL Central Scouting rankings, the USHL would have five first round selections including Jake Sanderson (11 - NTDP), Ty Smilanic (18 - NTDP), Thomas Bordeleau (26 - NTDP), Yan Kuznetsov (28 - Sioux Falls*) and Brendan Brisson (31 - Chicago). The USHL has produced five-or-more first round picks in each of the last six NHL Drafts. 

Other Stats:

  • Of the 31 North American goaltenders rated, ten have ties to the USHL, including five of the top 10.  
  • Four of the top five USHL scorers (1 - Sean Farrell, T-2 - Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, T-3 - Trevor Kuntar, T-3 - Sam Colangelo) are among those listed.
  • Two players, Youngstown Phantoms forward Ben Schoen and former USA Hockey NTDP forward Michael Gildon are listed as Limited Viewing players, who were not seen enough by NHL Central Scouting to be given a ranking. 
Ranking Name USHL Team Current Team
11 Jake Sanderson USA Hockey NTDP
18 Ty Smilanic USA Hockey NTDP
26 Thomas Bordeleau USA Hockey NTDP
28 Yan Kuznetsov Sioux Falls Stampede University of Connecticut (NCAA)
31 Brendan Brisson Chicago Steel
33 Sam Colangelo Chicago Steel
34 Dylan Peterson USA Hockey NTDP
35 Luke Tuch USA Hockey NTDP
36 Brett Berard USA Hockey NTDP
37 Danil Gushchin Muskegon Lumberjacks
40 Brock Faber USA Hockey NTDP
44 Tyler Kleven USA Hockey NTDP
48 Mitch Miller Tri-City Storm
49 Eamon Powell USA Hockey NTDP
53 Sean Farrell Chicago Steel
55 Tanner Dickinson Green Bay Gamblers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
56 Wyatt Kaiser Dubuque Fighting Saints
63 Ilya Usau Central Illinois Flying Aces Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
68 Alex Laferriere Des Moines Buccaneers
70 Ryder Rolston Waterloo Black Hawks
72 Ruben Rafkin Tri-City Storm Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
78 Jacob Truscott USA Hockey NTDP
81 Nathan Schweitzer Sioux Falls Stampede
82 Colby Ambrosio Tri-City Storm
87 Landon Slaggert USA Hockey NTDP
88 Chase Yoder USA Hockey NTDP
91 Blake Biondi Sioux City Musketeers
96 Jake Boltmann Lincoln Stars
97 Cameron Berg Omaha Lancers
98 Alex Jefferies Dubuque Fighting Saints The Gunnery (High-CT)
101 Daniel Laatsch USA Hockey NTDP
102 Ben Meehan Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
110 Luke Reid Chicago Steel
112 Artem Shlaine Muskegon Lumberjacks
113 Jackson Kunz Green Bay Gamblers Shattuck St. Mary's (USHS-Prep)
116 Danny Weight USA Hockey NTDP Penticton Vees (BCHL)
120 Carson Bantle Madison Capitols
124 Joel Maatta Sioux City Musketeers
127 Kyle Aucoin Tri-City Storm
128 Sam Stange Sioux City Musketeers
129 Aidan Thompson Lincoln Stars Neponset Valley River Rats (BEAST U18)
130 Zachary Urdahl Lincoln Stars
132 Wyatt Schingoethe Waterloo Black Hawks
133 Noah Ellis Des Moines Buccaneers
135 Trevor Kuntar Youngstown Phantoms
139 Ryan McGuire Madison Capitols Colgate University (NCAA)
140 Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm Tri-City Storm Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
142 Riley Duran Youngstown Phantoms Cape Cod Whalers U18 (EHF Elite)
143 Kristof Papp Madison Capitols
146 Evan Bushy Sioux Falls Stampede
150 Parker Ford Sioux City Musketeers Providence College (NCAA)
158 Hunter McKown USA Hockey NTDP
159 Zakary Karpa USA Hockey NTDP
163 Connor Kelley USA Hockey NTDP
167 Kienan Draper Muskegon Lumberjacks, USA Hockey NTDP St. Andrew's College (CISAA)
172 Christian Jimenez Sioux City Musketeers
174 Zachary Michaelis Waterloo Black Hawks Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
176 Patrick Guzzo Waterloo Black Hawks
178 Stephen Halliday Dubuque Fighting Saints
179 Timothy Lovell Des Moines Buccaneers, Chicago Steel
181 Josh Doan Chicago Steel
186 Hank Kempf Muskegon Lumberjacks
187 Matthew Gleason Chicago Steel
196 Matt Choupani Des Moines Buccaneers
200 Austen Swankler Waterloo Black Hawks, Sioux Falls Stampede Erie Otters (OHL)
203 Andrei Bakanov Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Guelph Storm (OHL)
207 Carl Berglund Sioux Falls Stampede University of Massachusetts-Lowell (NCAA)
208 Michael Vorlicky Madison Capitols University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
209 Declan Carlile Lincoln Stars, Muskegon Lumberjacks Merrimack College (NCAA)
211 Gunnarwolfe Fontaine Chicago Steel
G-2 Drew Commesso USA Hockey NTDP
G-3 Samuel Hlavaj Lincoln Stars Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
G-6 Colin Purcell Youngstown Phantoms
G-8 Noah Grannan USA Hockey NTDP
G-9 Jakub Dobes Omaha Lancers
G-11 Grant Riley Madison Capitols Janesville Jets (NAHL)
G-18 Gabriel Carriere Waterloo Black Hawks
G-19 Cameron Rowe Des Moines Buccaneers, USA Hockey NTDP
G-28 Aidan Campbell USA Hockey NTDP Erie Otters (OHL)
G-29 Logan Stein Waterloo Black Hawks
LV Michael Gildon USA Hockey NTDP Ohio State University (NCAA)
LV Ben Schoen Youngstown Phantoms

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