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56 USHL Players Named to NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

04/11/2017, 10:45am CDT

50 college commits, 10 USHL alumni named ahead of 2017 NHL Draft.


NHL Central Scouting released its Final Rankings of players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, and among the North American lists are 56 players that have competed in the USHL this season. In addition, 10 USHL alumni were named in the rankings. Of the 56 current USHL players listed, 50 are committed to play college hockey.


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




Five of the top-10 goaltenders in the North American rankings have USHL experience, including top goaltender Jake Oettinger (Team USA) of Boston University. Among current USHL goaltenders, Keith Petruzzelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Dayton Rasmussen (Chicago Steel), Cayden Primeau (Lincoln Stars) and Maksim Zhukov (Green Bay Gamblers) sit in the top-10 among North American goaltenders. Petruzzelli and Rasmussen will be suiting up for their respective teams in the Clark Cup Playoffs this upcoming weekend. In total, 13 goaltenders with USHL experience were named to the final rankings.


Top current USHL skaters include Casey Mittelstadt (3rd), Eeli Tolvanen (8th) and Shane Bowers (16th). Mittelstadt finished his USHL season strong, with nine points (5G, 4A) in his final eight games with the Green Bay Gamblers after returning from Eden Prairie. Tolvanen (54 PTS) and Bowers (51 PTS) both finished the season among the top-10 in USHL scoring and will look to lead their respective teams deep into the Clark Cup Playoffs.


Including goaltenders, 66 players with USHL experience appear in the North American rankings. In addition, all 17 USHL teams have at least one player listed. The 66 players with USHL experience are an increase from last year’s 59 listed in the Final Rankings. The 56 current USHL players named in the rankings have also increased, up from 48 last season.


10 total alumni were listed on the North American lists including 2016 USHL Defenseman of the Year Jack Ahcan and former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders teammate Ryan Larkin. Other notable alumni named in the rankings include St. Cloud State University’s Ryan Poehling, Penn State University’s Denis Smirnov, the University of Michigan's Luke Martin, Providence College's Josh Wilkins, Michigan State University's Patrick Khodorenko, and 2016 Clark Cup champion and current Miami University forward Carson Meyer.


Current USHL Players

Ranking First Name Last Name USHL Team College Commitment
3 Casey Mittelstadt Green Bay Gamblers University of Minnesota
8 Eeli Tolvanen Sioux City Musketeers Boston College
16 Shane Bowers Waterloo Black Hawks Boston University
24 Grant Mismash Team USA University of North Dakota
34 Josh Norris Team USA University of Michigan
40 Scott Reedy Team USA University of Minnesota
46 David Farrance Team USA Boston University
51 Mikey Anderson Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota Duluth
54 Max Gildon Team USA University of New Hampshire
57 Jack Rathbone Youngstown Phantoms Harvard University
60 Reilly Walsh Chicago Steel Harvard University
63 Ben Mirageas Chicago Steel Providence College
65 Evan Barratt Team USA Penn State University
67 Dylan Samberg Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota Duluth
68 Tyler Inamoto Team USA University of Wisconsin
78 Mario Ferraro Des Moines Buccaneers University of Massachusetts
79 Nate Knoepke Team USA University of Minnesota
80 Michael Pastujov Team USA University of Michigan
81 Tommy Miller Team USA Michigan State University
92 Kasper Kotkansalo Sioux Falls Stampede Boston University
94 Alexis Binner Green Bay Gamblers University of Maine
97 Isaac Johnson Des Moines Buccaneers
98 Morgan Barron Sioux City Musketeers Cornell University
99 Clayton Phillips Fargo Force University of Minnesota
109 Michael Karow Youngstown Phantoms Boston College
111 Matt Anderson Green Bay Gamblers University of Minnesota Duluth
119 Nick Leivermann Bloomington Thunder University of Notre Dame
121 Noah Cates Omaha Lancers University of Minnesota Duluth
125 John St. Ivany Sioux Falls Stampede Yale University
138 Nick Swaney Waterloo Black Hawks University of Minnesota Duluth
139 Linus Weissbach Tri-City Storm University of Wisconsin
157 Skyler Brind'Amour Bloomington Thunder Michigan State University
160 Tyce Thompson Dubuque Fighting Saints Providence College
161 Micah Miller Sioux City Musketeers St. Cloud State University
162 Jakub Sirota Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
165 Jacob Tortora Team USA Boston College
175 Phil Kemp Team USA Yale University
180 Graham Slaggert Team USA University of Notre Dame
183 Zach Solow Dubuque Fighting Saints Northeastern University
188 Hunter Lellig Waterloo Black Hawks
191 Brannon McManus Chicago Steel University of Minnesota
196 Vladislav Dzhioshvili Bloomington Thunder University of Vermont
214 Logan Cockerill Team USA Boston University
217 Scooter Brickey Des Moines Buccaneers Western Michigan University
LV Logan Hutsko Team USA Boston College

Current USHL Goaltenders

Ranking First Name Last Name USHL Team College Commitment
2 Keith Petruzzelli Muskegon Lumberjacks Qunnipiac University
6 Dayton Rasmussen Chicago Steel University of Denver
7 Cayden Primeau Lincoln Stars Northeastern University
9 Maksim Zhukov Green Bay Gamblers
12 Jeremy Swayman Sioux Falls Stampede University of Maine
17 Josef Korenar Lincoln Stars
22 Daniel Lebedeff Madison Capitols University of Wisconsin
23 Jaxon Castor Dubuque Fighting Saints Arizona State University
24 David Hrenak Green Bay Gamblers
28 Adam Scheel Team USA University of North Dakota
29 Matthew Murray Fargo Force University of Massachusetts

USHL Alumni (Skaters)

Ranking First Name Last Name USHL Team Current Team
13 Ryan Poehling Lincoln Stars St. Cloud State University (NCAA)
61 Luke Martin Team USA University of Michigan (NCAA)
106 Patrick Khodorenko Team USA Michigan State University (NCAA)
151 Carson Meyer Tri-City Storm Miami University (NCAA)
156 Jack Ahcan Cedar Rapids RoughRiders St. Cloud State University (NCAA)
167 Denis Smirnov Fargo Force Penn State University (NCAA)
171 Samuel Bucek Chicago Steel Shawinigan (QMJHL)
190 Josh Wilkins Sioux City Musketeers Providence College (NCAA)

USHL Alumni (Goaltenders)

Ranking First Name Last Name USHL Team Current Team
1 Jake Oettinger Team USA Boston University (NCAA)
20 Ryan Larkin Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Miami University (NCAA)


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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