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74 USHL Ties on Final NHL Central Scouting Rankings

06/04/2021, 3:45pm CDT
By USHL

64 Played in the USHL This Season

After a season that saw the USHL complete 98 percent of its scheduled games during a global COVID-19 pandemic, the USHL had 74 players listed on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft. 

Among those players listed, skaters with USHL ties account for five of the top-10 North American skaters and 17 of the top-32. 

Of the 16 USHL Member Clubs, 15 are represented in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings, including 30 from USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) and 10 from the Chicago Steel. Other teams with five-or-more players includes the Sioux City Musketeers (6), Tri-City Storm (6), Muskegon Lumberjacks (5) and Sioux Falls Stampede (5). 

The USHL's 74 players on the Final Rankings is the most for any single Junior Hockey league in North America, finishing ahead of the OHL (61), WHL (57), and QMJHL (44), among others. 

With the second pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the newest NHL franchise Seattle Kraken will make their first ever draft pick. If they are to choose a player with USHL ties taken with a franchise's first-ever draft selection, it would mark the second time in NHL history a franchise has used its first pick on a player with USHL experience (Rostislav Klesla, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2000, Round 1, #4 overall) and would be the highest selection of a USHL player with a team's first ever NHL Draft selection. In their first NHL Draft, six NHL franchises (Anaheim Ducks, Columbus, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets) have selected a player with USHL experience:

- Rostislav Klesla (Columbus, 2000, 1st franchise selection)
Ken Sauer (Nashville, 1998, 4th franchise selection)
Matt Peterson (Anaheim, 1993, 7th franchise selection)
Maksim Zhukov (Vegas, 2017, 7th franchise selection)
Stephen Baby (Winnipeg*, 1999, 8th franchise selection)
Corwin Saurdiff (San Jose, 1991, 10th franchise selection)
* selection was made as the Atlanta Thrashers

Ranking (List) Name USHL Team Current Team
1 (NAS) Owen Power Chicago Steel University of Michigan (NCAA)
4 (NAS) Luke Hughes USA Hockey NTDP
6 (NAS) Matthew Beniers USA Hockey NTDP University of Michigan (NCAA)
8 (NAG) Arseni Sergeyev Sioux Falls Stampede Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL)
9 (NAS) Matthew Coronato Chicago Steel
10 (NAS) Cole Sillinger Sioux Falls Stampede
12 (NAS) Chaz Lucius USA Hockey NTDP
13 (NAG) Cameron Rowe Des Moines Buccaneers (2019-20), USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19) University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
17 (NAS) Zachary Bolduc Sioux City Musketeers Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
17 (NAG) Samuel Hlavaj Lincoln Stars Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
18 (NAS) Sasha Pastujov USA Hockey NTDP
19 (NAG) Remington Keopple Des Moines Buccaneers
20 (NAS) Shai Buium Sioux City Musketeers
20 (NAG) Kaidan Mbereko USA Hockey NTDP
22 (NAS) Evan Nause Sioux Falls Stampede Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
23 (NAG) Chase Clark Tri-City Storm
24 (NAS) Sean Behrens USA Hockey NTDP
25 (NAS) Tyler Boucher USA Hockey NTDP
26 (NAS) Mackie Samoskevich Chicago Steel
26 (NAG) Colin Purcell Youngstown Phantoms
27 (NAS) Jack Peart Fargo Force
28 (NAS) Tristan Broz Fargo Force
29 (NAS) Dylan Duke USA Hockey NTDP
32 (NAS) Guillaume Richard Tri-City Storm
37 (NAS) Matthew Knies Tri-City Storm
38 (NAS) Brent Johnson Sioux Falls Stampede
39 (NAS) Scott Morrow Fargo Force (2020-21), Youngstown Phantoms (2019-20)
41 (NAS) Jack Bar Chicago Steel
42 (NAS) Aidan Hreschuk USA Hockey NTDP
43 (NAS) Ryan Ufko Chicago Steel
46 (NAS) Ayrton Martino Omaha Lancers
52 (NAS) Jackson Blake Chicago Steel
53 (NAS) Ty Gallagher USA Hockey NTDP
54 (NAS) Redmond Savage USA Hockey NTDP
55 (NAS) Hunter Strand Tri-City Storm (2020-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20)
56 (NAS) Jacob Guevin Muskegon Lumberjacks
58 (NAS) Roman Schmidt USA Hockey NTDP
67 (NAS) Carter Mazur Tri-City Storm (2018-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2018-19)
69 (NAS) David Gucciardi Waterloo Black Hawks (2020-21), Youngstown Phantoms (2020-21), Sioux City Musketeers (2019-20), Muskegon Lumberjacks (2019-20)
70 (ES) Ruben Rafkin Tri-City Storm TPS (Liiga)
72 (NAS) Ty Murchison USA Hockey NTDP
78 (NAS) Kyle Kukkonen Madison Capitols Maple Grove High (USHS-MN)
81 (NAS) Charlie Lurie Fargo Force
87 (NAS) Josh Doan Chicago Steel
91 (NAS) Jack Harvey Chicago Steel (2019-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2020-21)
95 (NAS) Ethan Straky USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21)
98 (NAS) Luke Mittelstadt Lincoln Stars
100 (NAS) Austen May Youngstown Phantoms
106 (NAS) Andrei Buyalsky Dubuque Fighting Saints
112 (NAS) Luke Levandowski Chicago Steel (2020-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2020-21)
116 (NAS) Andre Gasseau USA Hockey NTDP
119 (NAS) Owen McLaughlin USA Hockey NTDP (2020-21), Sioux City Musketeers (2019-20)
121 (NAS) Bennett Schimek Sioux City Musketeers (2020-21), Omaha Lancers (2019-20)
123 (NAS) Charles-Alexis Legault Lincoln Stars (2020-21), Muskegon Lumberjacks (2019-20)
125 (NAS) Ryan St. Louis USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21)
126 (NAS) Liam Gilmartin USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21)
128 (NAS) Justin Janicke USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21)
136 (NAS) Cameron MacDonald Sioux Falls Stampede Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
139 (NAS) Joshua Lopina Lincoln Stars
140 (NAS) Cameron Berg Muskegon Lumberjacks (2019-21), Omaha Lancers (2018-20)
147 (NAS) Daniel Laatsch Sioux City Musketeers (2020-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20)
152 (NAS) Caden Brown USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21)
173 (NAS) Matthew Argentina Waterloo Black Hawks (2019-21)
177 (NAS) Quinn Hutson Muskegon Lumberjacks
178 (NAS) Brody Lamb Green Bay Gamblers
185 (NAS) Paul Davey Des Moines Buccaneers
186 (NAS) Lukas Gustafsson Chicago Steel
189 (NAS) Kenny Connors Dubuque Fighting Saints (2020-21), USA Hockey NTDP (2019-20)
193 (NAS) Colby Saganiuk USA Hockey NTDP
194 (NAS) Jeremy Wilmer USA Hockey NTDP (2019-21)
199 (NAS) Carter Batchelder Waterloo Black Hawks
203 (NAS) Connor Kurth Dubuque Fighting Saints
210 (NAS) Owen Murray Green Bay Gamblers
211 (NAS) Jacob Martin USA Hockey NTDP

KEY:
NAS = North American Skater
NAG = North American Goalie
ES = European Skater


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league 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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