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43 USHL Players Named to NHL Central Scouting Midterm List

01/19/2016, 11:15am CST

Seven players crack top-50 in Midterm Rankings, in addition to six alumni.

NHL Central Scouting released their “Midterm Rankings” of players eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, and among the North American list are 43 players that have competed in the USHL season. In addition, 12 USHL alumni were named. Of the 43 current players listed, 38 are committed to play college hockey.


The Midterm Rankings include players from all leagues and levels across North America and are a numerical ranking based on NHL Central Scouting evaluations.




Team USA forwards Clayton Keller (8) and Kieffer Bellows (12) are the top-ranked USHL players playing this season. Bellows was named 2015 USHL Rookie of the Year in addition to winning the Clark Cup Championship with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Riley Tufte (17) played 12 games with the Fargo Force earlier this season, and is expected to return to Fargo at the conclusion of his season with Blaine High School. Chad Krys (30), Trent Frederic (39), Mitchell Mattson (49) and Andrew Peeke (50) rounded out the top-50.


Team USA goaltender Joseph Woll (8) was the highest ranked goaltender in the USHL. Currently playing in the NAHL after brief USHL stints are Tyler Johnson (16) and Peter Thome (19). Lincoln’s Peyton Jones (22) and Omaha’s Zackarias Skog (24) round out the USHL listed goaltenders.


16 players listed on the Midterm Rankings were featured in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that took place in Omaha, NE. Team West MVP Wade Allison (192) scored a team-high two points in the game.


Youngstown’s Yushiro Hirano (151) became the first Japanese-born player to skate in the USHL earlier this season. The Tomakomai, Japan native has scored 30 points in 32 games, including 15 goals for the Phantoms.


2016 follows a record-setting 2015 NHL Draft that saw 37 players from the 2014-15 season selected by NHL teams. The 2016 NHL Draft will be held June 24-25 in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center, home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. 



8 Keller Clayton Team USA C Boston University
12 Bellows Kieffer Team USA LW Boston University
17 Tufte Riley Fargo Force LW University of Minnesota Duluth
30 Krys Chad Team USA D Boston University
39 Frederic Trent Team USA C University of Wisconsin
49 Mattson Mitchell Bloomington Thunder C University of North Dakota
50 Peeke Andrew Green Bay Gamblers D University of Notre Dame
51 Lindgren Ryan Team USA D University of Minnesota
52 Anderson Joseph Team USA RW University of Minnesota Duluth
54 Luce Griffin Team USA D University of Michigan
59 Morrison Cameron Youngstown Phantoms LW University of Notre Dame
64 Filipe Matt Cedar Rapids RoughRiders LW Northeastern University
66 Zimmer Max Chicago Steel LW University of Wisconsin
67 Fox Adam Team USA D Harvard University
69 Lockwood William Team USA RW University of Michigan
85 Graham Michael Fargo Force C University of Notre Dame
86 Suthers Keenan Team USA LW Western Michigan University
89 Eliot Mitch Muskegon Lumberjacks D Michigan State University
92 McPhee Graham Team USA LW Boston College
100 Pastujov Nick Team USA LW University of Michigan
101 Laczynski Tanner Chicago Steel C Ohio State University
110 Campoli Michael Team USA D Boston College
116 Ryczek Jake Sioux City Musketeers D Providence College
118 McInnis Luke Youngstown Phantoms D Boston College
127 Printz Greg Chicago Steel LW Providence College
128 Greenway James Team USA D
129 Dodero CJ Sioux City Musketeers LW University of Denver
130 Knierim William Dubuque Fighting Saints RW Miami University
135 Sanchez James Team USA LW University of Michigan
141 Pitlick Rem Muskegon Lumberjacks C University of Minnesota
151 Hirano Yushiroh Youngstown Phantoms RW
163 Walker Zach Team USA RW Boston College
168 Jette Tyler Bloomington Thunder D
172 Hampton Robert Chicago Steel C Northeastern University
175 Rossini Sam Waterloo Black Hawks D University of Minnesota
184 Gosiewski Matt Cedar Rapids RoughRiders C Harvard University
192 Allison Wade Tri-City Storm RW Western Michigan University
LV Duehr Walker Tri-City Storm RW
G - 8 Woll Joseph Team USA G Boston College
G - 16 Johnson Tyler Chicago Steel G University of Maine
G - 19 Thome Peter Omaha Lancers G University of North Dakota
G - 22 Jones Peyton Lincoln Stars G Penn State University
G - 24 Skog Zackarias Omaha Lancers G


1* Matthews Auston Team USA C Zurich
1 Tkachuk Matthew Team USA LW London
9 McAvoy Charles Team USA D Boston University
11 Jones Max Team USA LW London
16 Kunin Luke Team USA C University of Wisconsin
24 Thompson Tage Team USA C University of Connecticut
78 Gerlach Max Fargo Force C Medicine Hat
105 Masonius Joseph Team USA D University of Connecticut
108 Fitzgerald Casey Team USA D Boston College
117 Dineen Cam Tri-City Storm D North Bay
149 Gambrell Dylan Dubuque Fighting Saints F University of Denver
170 Spaxman Ethan Waterloo Black Hawks D Merrimack College

*Internationally ranked (currently not playing in North America)


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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