24 USHL players and three USHL alumni are participating in the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, NY ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center in Chicago.
According to the NHL, the event consists of player interviews, medical assessments and a series of physical fitness tests. All 31 NHL Clubs have the opportunity to conduct individual interviews with players in preparation for the 2017 NHL Draft.
USHL players participating in the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine include top NHL Central Scouting ranked players such as Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City Musketeers), Casey Mittelstadt (Green Bay Gamblers) and Shane Bowers (Waterloo Black Hawks), along with alumni Jake Oettinger (Team USA), Ryan Poehling (Lincoln Stars) and Luke Martin (Team USA).
A full list of USHL players and alumni participating in the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine is listed below.
USHL Players Participating in 2017 NHL Scouting Combine
David Farrance - Team USA
Kasper Kotkansalo - Sioux Falls Stampede
Eeli Tolvanen - Sioux City Musketeers
Shane Bowers - Waterloo Black Hawks
Keith Petruzzelli - Muskegon Lumberjacks
Maksim Zhukov - Green Bay Gamblers
Ben Mirageas - Chicago Steel
Jake Oettinger* - Team USA
Reilly Walsh - Chicago Steel
Mikey Anderson - Waterloo Black Hawks
Tyler Inamoto - Team USA
Casey Mittelstadt - Green Bay Gamblers
Josh Norris - Team USA
Jack Rathbone - Youngstown Phantoms
Tommy Miller - Team USA
Clayton Phillips - Fargo Force
Ryan Poehling* - Lincoln Stars
Dayton Rasmussen - Chicago Steel
Dylan Samberg - Waterloo Black Hawks
Evan Barratt - Team USA
Mario Ferraro - Des Moines Buccaneers
Max Gildon - Team USA
Nate Knoepke - Team USA
Luke Martin* - Team USA
Grant Mismash - Team USA
Cayden Primeau - Lincoln Stars
Scott Reedy - Team USA
* - indicates 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.