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NHL Scouting Rankings Filled With USHL Players

01/14/2014, 8:00am CST
By bwerger

44 players from the League among rankings

NHL Central Scouting released their midterm rankings of top prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, and among the list of North American players are 44 that have played in the USHL this season.

The rankings are an overall look at prospects from the top junior leagues in North America, which includes the USHL.  NHL Central Scouting also produces rankings for top European players.

The highest ranked USHL player on the list is Team USA forward Sonny Milano at #16, who leads the team with 24 points (7g, 17a) in 12 USHL contests.  He is followed by his teammate Dylan Larkin at #17, who has netted nine goals in 12 USHL games this year.  Just behind them is Green Bay Gamblers forward Nick Schmaltz at #19, who leads his team with 29 points (8g, 21a) over 26 games and is coming off a record-setting performance at the World Junior A Challenge in November.

A pair of Team USA goaltenders are highly ranked as Ed Minney is listed at #2 and Blake Weyrick is at #3.  Other notable players on the list include USHL leading scorer Jake Randolph of the Omaha Lancers (#197), who has 58 points (16g, 42a) through 35 games, Matt Iacopelli of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (#132), who is currently second in the League with 23 goals, and Mark Friedman of the Waterloo Black Hawks (#133), who is currently tied among USHL defensemen in scoring with 27 points (5g, 22a).

A total of 12 USHL Member Clubs have at least one current player among the rankings, led by Team USA’s Under-18 squad with 14 players, Waterloo Black Hawks with five, and the Muskegon Lumberjacks and Dubuque Fighting Saints each with four.

In addition to the current USHL players on the midterm rankings, a total of 21 alumni of the League appear on the list by NHL Central Scouting, including Thatcher Demko (Team USA/Omaha Lancers) who is ranked the top North American goaltender in advance of the 2014 NHL Draft.

USHL Players on NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings


#16 Sonny Milano (F), Team USA

#17 Dylan Larkin (F), Team USA

#19 Nick Schmaltz (F), Green Bay Gamblers

#21 Alex Tuch (F), Team USA

#27 Jack Glover (D), Team USA

#29 Jack Dougherty (D), Team USA

#32 Ryan Collins (D), Team USA

#39 Shane Eiserman (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints

#41 Josh Jacobs (D), Indiana Ice

#44 Johnathan MacLeod (D), Team USA

#61 Luc Snuggerud (D), Muskegon Lumberjacks

#68 Maxim Letunov (F), Youngstown Phantoms

#70 Steven Spinner (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks

#72 Austin Poganski (F), Tri-City Storm

#81 Shane Gersich (F), Team USA

#86 Anders Bjork (F), Team USA

#91 Neal Pionk (D), Sioux City Musketeers

#92 Karson Kuhlman (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints

#95 Ryan Hitchcock (F), Team USA

#100 Jared Fiegl (F), Team USA

#107 Anthony Angello (D), Omaha Lancers

#111 Chris Wilkie (F), Tri-City Storm

#128 Seamus Malone (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints

#132 Matt Iacopelli (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks

#133 Mark Friedman (D), Waterloo Black Hawks

#141 Joe Wegwerth (F), Team USA

#150 Tyler Sheehy (F), Waterloo Black Hawks

#164 J.J. Piccinich (F), Youngstown Phantoms

#173 Cooper Watson (D), Waterloo Black Hawks

#175 Christopher Brown (F), Green Bay Gamblers

#179 Ryan Mantha (D), Sioux City Musketeers

#186 Brandon Montour (D), Waterloo Black Hawks

#191 Waltteri Hopponen (F), Sioux City Musketeers

#197 Jake Randolph (F), Omaha Lancers

#203 Dakota Joshua (F), Sioux Falls Stampede

#206 Hunter Warner (D), Fargo Force

#207 Blake Hillman (D), Dubuque Fighting Saints

**Lawton Courtnall (F), Waterloo Black Hawks

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#2 Ed Minney, Team USA

#3 Blake Weyrick, Team USA

#15 Hayden Lavigne, Tri-City Storm

#28 Cam Hackett, Green Bay Gamblers

#30 Eric Schierhorn, Muskegon Lumberjacks

#34 Jason Pawloski, Indiana Ice




#10 Anthony DeAngelo (D), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2010-11)

#30 Connor Chatham (F), Omaha Lancers/Team USA (2011-13)

#33 Ryan MacInnis (F), Team USA (2012-13)

#38 Brendan Lemieux (F), Green Bay Gamblers (2012-13)

#47 Blake Siebenaler (D), Indiana Ice (2012-13)

#52 Nick Magyar (D), Sioux City Musketeers (2012-13)

#57 Alex Schoenborn (F), Lincoln Stars (2011-12)

#69 Christian Dvorak (F), Chicago Steel (2012-13)

#88 Kevin Labanc (F), Team USA (2011-13)

#93 Blake Clarke (F), Fargo Force (2011-12)

#106 Rinat Valiev (D), Indiana Ice (2012-13)

#115 Gavin Bayreuther (D), Fargo Force/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2012-13)

#118 Jason Cotton (F), Tri-City Storm (2012-13)

#119 Michael Turner (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks/Chicago Steel (2010-12)

#127 Thomas Ebbing (F), Chicago Steel (2012-13)

#161 Scott Savage (D), Team USA (2011-13)

#168 Tyler Nanne (F), Lincoln Stars (2012-13)

#202 Parker Reno (D), Fargo Force (2012-13)

#209 Evan Allen (F), Team USA (2011-13)



#1 Thatcher Demko, Team USA/Omaha Lancers (2011-13)

#32 Hunter Miska, Team USA (2011-13)


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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