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NHL Central Scouting July Rankings

07/26/2016, 7:45am CDT

66 USHL Players were named to NHL Central Scouting's Future List; 46 players committed to college hockey.

NHL Central Scouting released its Future List of North American and International prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday.


66 players on 30 man protected and affiliate list USHL rosters were named to the list, including 46 college commits and three players expected to play in the NCAA next season. USHL teams will finalize their 23 man protected list on September 19, 2017.


“The 2016 draft class lived up to all the hype regarding the exceptional talent available and the unpredictability of the order in which prospects would be taken,” NHL director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr told “It’s anticipated that 2016-17 will again be a deep draft class for prospects.”


Headlining the list of prospects are USHL returners Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City Musketeers), Shane Bowers (Waterloo Black Hawks), Dayton Rasmussen (Tri-City Storm) and Brannon McManus (Omaha Lancers). Tolvanen, who scored 38 points in 49 games his rookie season, is expected to reunite with fellow countrymen Aapeli Rasanen (Edmonton Oilers) and Sampo Ranta. Tolvanen scored nine points and seven goals in seven games at the 2016 U18 World Junior Championship en route to winning a gold medal with Team Finland. Bowers played a big role at the center position for Waterloo during his rookie campaign, finishing with 15 goals and 33 points. The Black Hawks advanced to the Western Conference Final where they took the Clark Cup champion Tri-City Storm to a decisive Game 5. Tri-City was a young team last year, and are expected to reload in hopes of defending their 2016 Clark Cup title. Rasmussen will lead the charge as he returns between the pipes after posting a .913 SV% and 2.52 GAA during the regular season. McManus will be the Omaha Lancers leading returning scorer after he posted 17 goals and 39 points in 58 games. The speedy forward will look to continue his power play dominance and step into a larger role this season.


Other top returning players include Mikey Anderson (Waterloo Black Hawks), Joshua Dunne (Green Bay Gamblers), Joey Keane (Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Dominick Mersch (Lincoln Stars). Early scouting reports indicate that Casey Mittelstadt (Green Bay Gamblers), Scott Reedy (Team USA) and Jake Oettinger (Boston University) join Tolvanen as the top NHL Draft talent in the USHL next season.


NHL Central Scouting will release their Preliminary Players to Watch in September, grading players with A, B or C rankings. In conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, USHL will highlight its top talent in Sioux Falls, SD at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 10, 2017. Tickets and broadcast information will be released at a later date. Below is a complete list of USHL players on 30 man protected and affiliate list USHL rosters named to NHL Central Scouting Future List:


First Last USHL Team 2015-16 Team NCAA Commitment
Skyler Brind'Amour Bloomington Thunder Carolina Jr. Hurricanes Michigan State University
Ben Mirageas Bloomington Thunder Avon Old Farms School Providence College
Marko Reifenberger Bloomington Thunder Hill-Murray School
Bram Scheerer Bloomington Thunder Edina High School
Joshua Ess Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Lakeville South High School University of Wisconsin
Marc McLaughlin Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Cushing Academy St. Lawrence University
Corson Green Chicago Steel Northern Cyclones University of New Hampshire
Jesper Kokkila Chicago Steel Karpat
Reilly Walsh Chicago Steel Proctor Academy Harvard University
Isaac Johnson Des Moines Buccaneers Anoka High School
Jakub Sirota Des Moines Buccaneers HC Zlin
Joey Keane Dubuque Fighting Saints Dubuque Fighting Saints Miami University
R.J. Murphy Dubuque Fighting Saints St. Sebastian's School Harvard University
Tyce Thompson Dubuque Fighting Saints Salisbury School Providence College
Santeri Virtanen Dubuque Fighting Saints TPS
Charlie Dovorany Fargo Force Shattuck St. Mary's University of Minnesota-Duluth
Cooper Haar Fargo Force Anaheim Jr. Ducks
Cale Makar Fargo Force Brooks Bandits University of Massachusetts
Clayton Phillips Fargo Force Edina High School University of Minnesota
Grant Anderson Green Bay Gamblers Wayzata High School University of Nebraska Omaha
Matt Anderson Green Bay Gamblers Holy Family Catholic University of Minnesota-Duluth
Alexis Binner Green Bay Gamblers Selects Academy University of Maine
Jesse Bjugstad Green Bay Gamblers Stillwater High School
Joshua Dunne Green Bay Gamblers Green Bay Gamblers
Alex Mella Green Bay Gamblers Shattuck St. Mary's
Casey Mittelstadt Green Bay Gamblers Eden Prairie High School University of Minnesota
Maxim Zhukov Green Bay Gamblers Yaroslavl
Dominick Mersch Lincoln Stars Lincoln Stars
Cayden Primeau Lincoln Stars Philadelphia Revolution Northeastern University
Eero Teravainen Lincoln Stars Jokerit
Mick Messner Madison Capitols Madison Capitols AAA University of Wisconsin
Scooter Brickey Muskegon Lumberjacks Little Caesars Western Michigan University
Keith Petruzzelli Muskegon Lumberjacks Selects Academy Quinnipiac University
Luke Martin NCAA (2016) Team USA University of Michigan
Jake Oettinger NCAA (2016) Team USA Boston University
Ryan Poehling NCAA (2016) Lincoln Stars St. Cloud State University
Noah Cates Omaha Lancers Stillwater High School
Brannon McManus Omaha Lancers Omaha Lancers University of Minnesota
Matt Miller Sioux City Musketeers Victory Honda Michigan State University
Eeli Tolvanen Sioux City Musketeers Sioux City Musketeers Boston College
Tomas Vomacka Sioux City Musketeers Hradec Kravlove
Kasper Kotkansalo Sioux Falls Stampede Espoo Blues
Emil Oksanen Sioux Falls Stampede Espoo Blues
Matthew Quercia Sioux Falls Stampede New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Boston University
John St. Ivany Sioux Falls Stampede Los Angeles Jr. Kings Yale University
Evan Barratt Team USA Team USA Penn State University
Joseph Cassetti Team USA Team USA Boston College
Logan Cockerill Team USA Team USA Boston University
Max Gildon Team USA Team USA University of Wisconsin
Randy Hernandez Team USA Team USA
Tyler Inamoto Team USA Team USA University of Wisconsin
Philip Kemp Team USA Team USA Brown University
Patrick Khodorenko Team USA Team USA Michigan State University
Nate Knoepke Team USA Team USA University of Minnesota
Thomas Miller Team USA Team USA Michigan State University
Grant Mismash Team USA Team USA University of North Dakota
Joshua Norris Team USA Team USA University of Michigan
Scott Reedy Team USA Team USA University of Minnesota
Adam Scheel Team USA Team USA University of Notre Dame
Dayton Rasmussen Tri-City Storm Tri-City Storm University of Denver
Mikey Anderson Waterloo Black Hawks Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota-Duluth
Shane Bowers Waterloo Black Hawks Waterloo Black Hawks
Dylan Mills Waterloo Black Hawks Hill-Murray School
Keaton Pehrson Waterloo Black Hawks Lakeville North High School Michigan Tech
Dylan Samberg Waterloo Black Hawks Hermantown High School University of Minnesota-Duluth
Jack Rathbone Youngstown Phantoms Dexter Academy Harvard University


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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