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USHL Leads the World on NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List

10/02/2018, 12:45pm CDT
By USHL

65 USHL players on NHL Central Scouting Preliminary list most of any league in the world.

NHL Central Scouting announced their Preliminary Players to Watch list in preparation for the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. The annual list identifies players using the following criteria:

 

  • A Rating – indicates a 1st round candidate
  • B Rating – indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
  • C Rating – indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

 

65 players who have played at least one USHL regular season game were named to the list. The 65 players were the most of any junior league in the world. Four USHL alumni were also included in the list. In total, 52 players with USHL ties are currently committed to or playing college hockey, including 16 A-rated or B-rated skaters.

 

Of the 14 USHL teams that had players named to the list, all 14 had more than one player listed.

 

The news comes after the 2018 NHL Draft in which the USHL had 57 players with league ties selected, including 45 players who played during the 2017-18 season, both of which set new USHL records. The USHL also led all junior leagues in the world with the 45 players who played in the league last season, at least 10 more than any other league in the world. 40 or more players from the USHL have been selected in seven consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season were committed to NCAA Division I schools.  

 

The news also comes after the 2018 Dick's Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic, where scouts from every NHL team were in attendance to watch all 17 USHL teams play two regular season games.

USHL Players - NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List

Rank Position First Last USHL Team NCAA Commitment/Current Team
A F Matthew Boldy Team USA Boston College
A F Cole Caufield Team USA University of Wisconsin
A F Jack Hughes Team USA Uncommitted
A G Spencer Knight Team USA Boston College
A F Alex Turcotte Team USA University of Wisconsin
A D Alex Vlasic Team USA Boston University
A D Cameron York Team USA Boston College
A F Trevor Zegras Team USA Boston University
B F Egor Afanasyev Muskegon Lumberjacks Michigan State University
B F John Beecher Team USA University of Michigan
B F Ryder Donovan Dubuque Fighting Saints University of North Dakota
B F John Farinacci Muskegon Lumberjacks Harvard University
B F William Francis Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Uncommitted
B D Ryan Johnson Sioux Falls Stampede University of Minnesota
B F Marcus Kallionkieli Sioux City Musketeers Uncommitted
B F Robert Mastrosimone Chicago Steel Boston University
B F Anthony Romano Sioux Falls Stampede Clarkson University
B G Cameron Rowe Team USA Uncommitted
B F Austen Swankler Waterloo Black Hawks University of Michigan
B D Marshall Warren Team USA Harvard University
C F Kyle Bettens Fargo Force Bemidji State University
C F Kaden Bohlsen Des Moines Buccaneers University of Minnesota
C F Lynden Breen Central Illinois Flying Aces University of Maine
C F Bobby Brink Sioux City Musketeers University of Denver
C D Declan Carlile Lincoln Stars Merrimack College
C F Judd Caulfield Team USA University of North Dakota
C F Robert Christy Des Moines Buccaneers Colorado College
C F Ryan Drkulec Waterloo Black Hawks Uncommitted
C D Caleb Everett Muskegon Lumberjacks Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
C D Domenick Fensore Team USA Boston University
C F Vladislav Firstov Waterloo Black Hawks Uncommitted
C F Ethan Frisch Green Bay Gamblers University of North Dakota
C F Michael Gildon Team USA Ohio State University
C D Christopher Giroday Green Bay Gamblers Western Michigan University
C D Drew Helleson Team USA Boston College
C F Aaron Huglen Fargo Force University of Minnesota
C F Trevor Janicke Central Illinois Flying Aces University of North Dakota
C F Jackson Jutting Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Colorado College
C G Keegan Karki Muskegon Lumberjacks Uncommitted
C D Mike Koster Tri-City Storm University of Minnesota
C F Jami Krannila Sioux Falls Stampede St. Cloud State University
C F Andre Lee Sioux Falls Stampede University of Massachusetts-Lowell
C F Owen Lindmark Team USA University of Wisconsin
C F Joshua Lopina Lincoln Stars University of Massachusetts
C F Matias Maccelli Dubuque Fighting Saints Uncommitted
C D Case Mccarthy Team USA Boston University
C F Brady Meyer Des Moines Buccaneers University of Minnesota Duluth
C F Brad Morrissey Tri-City Storm University of Maine
C F Patrick Moynihan Team USA Boston College
C F Joshua Nodler Fargo Force Michigan State University
C D Tommy Pasanen Sioux City Musketeers Uncommitted
C F Shane Pinto Lincoln Stars Universty of North Dakota
C D Jordan Power Lincoln Stars St. Lawrence University
C D Kirby Proctor Des Moines Buccaneers Uncommitted
C G Isaiah Saville Tri-City Storm University of Nebraska Omaha
C F Grant Silianoff Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of North Dakota
C D Hunter Skinner Muskegon Lumberjacks Western Michigan University
C F Sam Stange Sioux City Musketeers University of Wisconsin
C D Henry Thrun Team USA Harvard University
C F Ilya Usov Central Illinois Flying Aces University of Connecticut
C F Danny Weight Team USA Boston College
C* F Brett Budgell Chicago Steel Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
C* F Patrick Giles Team USA Boston College
C* D Adam Samuelsson Team USA Boston College
C* D Michael Vukojevic Green Bay Gamblers Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

* Indicates USHL alumni

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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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