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NHL CSS Midterm Rankings

01/18/2017, 11:00am CST

50 USHL players and 12 alumni were listed on the January NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings.


NHL Central Scouting released its Midterm Rankings of players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, and among the North American lists are 50 players that have competed in the USHL this season. In addition, 12 USHL alumni were named in the rankings. Of the 50 current players listed, 43 are committed to play college hockey.


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




Four of the five top goaltenders in the North American rankings have USHL experience, including top goaltender Keith Petruzzelli. The Muskegon Lumberjacks goaltender was named USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game MVP for Team East last week after stopping all 21 shots he faced in 30 minutes of play. All four goaltenders that played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game are ranked among the top-six North American goaltenders: Petruzzelli (1st), Cayden Primeau (4th), Maksim Zhukov (5th) and Dayton Rasmussen (6th).


Top USHL skaters include Casey Mittelstadt (5th), Eeli Tolvanen (7th) and Shane Bowers (13th). Mittelstadt is currently playing with Eden Prairie High School and is expected to rejoin the Green Bay Gamblers after the Minnesota State High School League Ice Hockey Championship. Tolvanen and Bowers both rank in the top-25 in USHL scoring.


Including goaltenders, 19 players with USHL experience appear in the top-50 North American rankings. 16 of the 17 USHL teams have at least one player listed. The 50 players with USHL experience are up from last year’s 43 listed in the Midterm Rankings.


12 total alumni were listed on the North American lists including 2016 USHL Defenseman of the Year Jack Ahcan. The St. Cloud State University defenseman recently won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship. Other notable alumni include Boston University’s Jake Oettinger, St. Cloud State University’s Ryan Poehling, Penn State University’s Denis Smirnov, and 2016 Clark Cup champion and current Miami University forward Carson Meyer.


North American Skaters

Ranking Name USHL Team NCAA Commitment/Current Team
5 Casey Mittelstadt Green Bay Gamblers University of Minnesota
7 Eeli Tolvanen Sioux City Musketeers Boston College
13 Shane Bowers Waterloo Black Hawks Boston University
14 Ryan Poehling* Lincoln Stars St. Cloud State University
30 Grant Mismash Team USA University of North Dakota
46 Josh Norris Team USA University of Michigan
47 Scott Reedy Team USA University of Minnesota
48 Ben Mirageas Bloomington Thunder Providence College
52 David Farrance Team USA Boston University
55 Evan Barratt Team USA Penn State University
56 Mikey Anderson Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota Duluth
61 Tommy Miller Team USA Michigan State University
64 Tyler Inamoto Team USA University of Wisconsin
65 Reilly Walsh Chicago Steel Harvard University
67 Luke Martin* Team USA University of Michigan
69 Alexis Binner Green Bay Gamblers University of Maine
72 Clayton Phillips Fargo Force University of Minnesota
76 Max Gildon Team USA
81 Matt Miller Sioux City Musketeers Michigan State University
88 Morgan Barron Sioux City Musketeers Cornell University
89 Kasper Kotkansalo Sioux Falls Stampede Boston University
94 John St. Ivany Sioux Falls Stampede Yale University
97 Samuel Bucek* Chicago Steel Shawinigan (QMJHL)
104 Paul Washe Fargo Force Western Michigan University
106 Nate Knoepke Team USA University of Minnesota
107 Mario Ferraro Des Moines Buccaneers University of Massachusetts-Lowell
113 Jakub Sirota Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
114 Nick Leivermann Bloomington Thunder University of Notre Dame
116 Carson Meyer* Tri-City Storm Miami University
117 Michael Karow Youngstown Phantoms Boston College
118 Isaac Johnson Des Moines Buccaneers
121 Jacob Tortora Team USA Boston College
124 Jack Ahcan* Cedar Rapids RoughRiders St. Cloud State University
127 Patrick Khodorenko Team USA Michigan State University
128 Matt Anderson Green Bay Gamblers University of Minnesota Duluth
131 Denis Smirnov* Fargo Force Penn State University
146 Graham Slaggert Team USA University of Notre Dame
149 Corson Green Chicago Steel University of New Hampshire
157 Micah Miller Sioux City Musketeers St. Cloud State University
159 Hunter Lellig Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota Duluth
160 Josh Wilkins* Sioux City Musketeers Providence College
178 Brannon McManus Chicago Steel University of Minnesota
179 Phil Kemp Team USA Yale University
182 Nick Swaney Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota Duluth
186 Cam Lee* Green Bay Gamblers Western Michigan University
192 Logan Cockerill Team USA Boston University
201 Nolan Moyle Green Bay Gamblers Michigan State University
202 Skyler Brind'Amour Bloomington Thunder Michigan State University
210 Zach Walker* Team USA Boston College
LV Santeri Virtanen Dubuque Fighting Saints
LV Logan Hutsko Team USA Boston College

North American Goaltenders

Ranking Name USHL Team NCAA Commitment/Current Team
1 Keith Petruzzelli Muskegon Lumberjacks Quinnipiac University
3 Jake Oettinger* Team USA Boston University
4 Cayden Primeau Lincoln Stars Northeastern University
5 Maksim Zhukov Green Bay Gamblers
6 Dayton Rasmussen Tri-City Storm University of Denver
15 Josef Korenar Lincoln Stars
18 Jeremy Swayman Sioux Falls Stampede University of Maine
20 Ryan Larkin* Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Miami University
21 Daniel Lebedeff Madison Capitols University of Wisconsin
24 Matthew Murray Fargo Force University of Massachusetts
26 David Hrenak Green Bay Gamblers

*USHL alumni


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17.  30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts,  and more than 400 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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