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81 USHL Ties on Final NHL Central Scouting Rankings

04/08/2020, 4:00pm CDT

63 Current USHL Players Recognized by NHL Central Scouting

NHL Central Scouting announced Wednesday its Final Rankings ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft, which featured 80 ranked players with USHL ties. Among the 80, 62 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 seven teams - USA Hockey National Team Development Program (19), Chicago Steel (9), Des Moines Buccaneers (6), Lincoln Stars (6), Muskegon Lumberjacks (6), Tri-City Storm (6), and Waterloo Black Hawks (5) - all with five or more players in the rankings. 

According to the NHL Central Scouting rankings, the USHL would have five first round selections including Jake Sanderson (4 - NTDP), Brendan Brisson (20 - Chicago), Ty Smilanic (24 - NTDP), Thomas Bordeleau (29 - NTDP), and Sam Colangelo (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 two of the top three. 
  • Five of the top ten USHL scorers (2 - Brisson, 3 - Colangelo, 5 - Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, 7 - Sean Farrell, 10 - Trevor Kuntar) are among those listed.
  • Two players, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defenseman Ben Meehan 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
4 Jake Sanderson USA Hockey NTDP
20 Brendan Brisson Chicago Steel
24 Ty Smilanic USA Hockey NTDP
29 Thomas Bordeleau USA Hockey NTDP
31 Sam Colangelo Chicago Steel
36 Yan Kuznetsov Sioux Falls Stampede University of Connecticut (NCAA)
37 Wyatt Kaiser Dubuque Fighting Saints
40 Luke Tuch USA Hockey NTDP
41 Danil Gushchin Muskegon Lumberjacks
42 Tyler Kleven USA Hockey NTDP
43 Dylan Peterson USA Hockey NTDP
44 Brock Faber USA Hockey NTDP
45 Brett Berard USA Hockey NTDP
49 Mitch Miller Tri-City Storm
51 Eamon Powell USA Hockey NTDP
61 Alex Laferriere Des Moines Buccaneers
62 Sean Farrell Chicago Steel
64 Blake Biondi Sioux City Musketeers
67 Tanner Dickinson Green Bay Gamblers Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
68 Jacob Truscott USA Hockey NTDP
71 Colby Ambrosio Tri-City Storm
83 Luke Reid Chicago Steel
84 Ruben Rafkin Tri-City Storm Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
88 Landon Slaggert USA Hockey NTDP
91 Wyatt Schingoethe Waterloo Black Hawks
92 Chase Yoder USA Hockey NTDP
93 Artem Shlaine Muskegon Lumberjacks
94 Jackson Kunz Green Bay Gamblers
95 Riley Duran Youngstown Phantoms Lawrence Academy (USHS)
97 Alex Jefferies Dubuque Fighting Saints The Gunnery (USHS)
102 Ryder Rolston Waterloo Black Hawks
104 Carson Bantle Madison Capitols
105 Ryan McGuire Madison Capitols
108 Ilya Usov Central Illinois Flying Aces Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
110 Sam Stange Sioux Falls Stampede
113 Jake Boltmann Lincoln Stars
116 Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm Tri-City Storm Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
117 Nathan Schweitzer Sioux Falls Stampede
123 Stephen Halliday Dubuque Fighting Saints
124 Aidan Thompson Lincoln Stars Berkshire School (USHS)
125 Kristof Papp Des Moines Buccaneers
126 Nick Capone Tri-City Storm
127 Lucas Meruci Des Moines Buccaneers
128 David Ma Chicago Steel
132 Mason Lohrei Green Bay Gamblers
142 Danny Weight USA Hockey NTDP Penticton Vees (BCHL)
143 Trevor Kuntar Youngstown Phantoms
144 Zachary Urdahl Lincoln Stars
146 Joel Maatta Sioux City Musketeers
152 Grant Slukynsky Fargo Force
155 Declan McDonnell Lincoln Stars Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
156 Evan Bushy Sioux City Musketeers
157 Daniel Laatsch USA Hockey NTDP
158 Kyle Aucoin Tri-City Storm
159 Ben Schoen Youngstown Phantoms
162 Declan Carlile Muskegon Lumberjacks Merrimack College (NCAA)
180 Joe Miller Chicago Steel
182 Timothy Lovell Des Moines Buccaneers
184 Christian Jimenez Sioux City Musketeers
185 Cameron Berg Muskegon Lumberjacks
186 Kienan Draper USA Hockey NTDP St. Andrew's College (CAHS)
189 Matthew Gleason Chicago Steel
199 Zakary Karpa USA Hockey NTDP
200 Austen Swankler Sioux Falls Stampede Erie Otters (OHL)
203 Zachary Michaelis Waterloo Black Hawks Elk River High (USHS)
204 Hank Kempf Muskegon Lumberjacks
206 Hunter McKown USA Hockey NTDP
211 Gunnarwolfe Fontaine Chicago Steel
212 Carl Berglund Sioux Falls Stampede University of Massachusetts-Lowell (NCAA)
214 Chase Bradley Sioux City Musketeers
215 Noah Ellis Des Moines Buccaneers
G-2 Drew Commesso USA Hockey NTDP
G-3 Samuel Hlavaj Lincoln Stars Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
G-15 Noah Grannan USA Hockey NTDP
G-17 Colin Purcell Youngstown Phantoms
G-20 Jakub Dobes Omaha Lancers
G-21 Grant Riley Madison Capitols Janesville Jets (NAHL)
G-23 Gabriel Carriere Waterloo Black Hawks
G-25 Cameron Rowe Des Moines Buccaneers
G-27 Victor Ostman Chicago Steel
G-28 Aidan Campbell USA Hockey NTDP Erie Otters

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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