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72 Players with USHL Ties Ranked on NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

01/27/2019, 3:30pm CST
By USHL

64 current USHL players named to list, 62 of 72 players are committed to or are playing college hockey.

NHL Central Scouting released its Midterm Rankings of players eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. 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.

 

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72 players with USHL ties were named to the list, including 64 players who are currently playing in the league. The 72 players were an increase from the 67 USHL players listed in November's Updated Players to Watch List, an increase from last season's Midterm Rankings total of 66 and the most of any junior league in the world. Four USHL alumni were also included in the list. Of the 72 players, 62 are currently playing or committed to college hockey.

 

USHL players make up 10 of the top 29 North American skaters ranked, including Jack Hughes (Team USA), who is listed as the top North American skater. The four USHL goaltenders who were ranked among North American goaltenders all sit in the top 25 in the rankings: Spencer Knight (1, Team USA), Cameron Rowe (4, Team USA), Isaiah Saville (8, Tri-City Storm) and Ben Kraws (25, Sioux City Musketeers). 

 

In addition, 26 players who participated in the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were named to the rankings, including Saville, Kraws and both of the game's MVPs -  Robert Mastrosimone (Chicago Steel) and Ethan Phillips (Sioux Falls Stampede).

 

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. 

North American Skaters

# First Name Last Name USHL Team NCAA Commitment/Current Team
1 Jack Hughes Team USA Uncommitted
5 Alex Turcotte Team USA University of Wisconsin
6 Matthew Boldy Team USA Boston College
7 Trevor Zegras Team USA Boston University
12 Cameron York Team USA Boston College
15 Cole Caufield Team USA University of Wisconsin
19 Egor Afanasyev Muskegon Lumberjacks Michigan State University
21 Vladislav Firstov Waterloo Black Hawks University of Connecticut
25 Alex Vlasic Team USA Boston University
29 Bobby Brink Sioux City Musketeers University of Denver
32 Henry Thrun Team USA Harvard University
33 Drew Helleson Team USA Boston College
34 Marcus Kallionkieli Sioux City Musketeers Uncommitted
35 Shane Pinto Lincoln Stars University of North Dakota
36 Ryan Johnson Sioux Falls Stampede University of Minnesota
37 John Farinacci Muskegon Lumberjacks Harvard University
39 Marshall Warren Team USA Harvard University
41 Case McCarthy Team USA Boston University
46 Ryder Donovan Dubuque Fighting Saints University of North Dakota
47 Jackson Lacombe Chicago Steel University of Minnesota
48 Braden Doyle Dubuque Fighting Saints Boston University
49 Robert Mastrosimone Chicago Steel Boston University
50 Judd Caulfield Team USA University of North Dakota
53 John Beecher Team USA University of Michigan
61* Michael Vukojevic Green Bay Gamblers Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
65 Owen Lindmark Team USA University of Wisconsin
75 Josh Nodler Fargo Force Michigan State University
76 Anthony Romano Sioux Falls Stampede Clarkson University
80 Aaron Huglen Fargo Force University of Minnesota
83 Matias Maccelli Dubuque Fighting Saints Uncommitted
84 Michael Koster Tri-City Storm University of Minnesota
88 Ryan Siedem Central Illinois Flying Aces Harvard University
89 Domenick Fensore Team USA Boston University
90 Jami Krannila Sioux Falls Stampede St. Cloud State University
91 Ethan Phillips Sioux Falls Stampede Boston University
92 Jack Malone Youngstown Phantoms Cornell University
93 Grant Silianoff Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of Notre Dame
97 Kirby Proctor Des Moines Buccaneers Uncommitted
98 William Francis Cedar Rapids RoughRiders University of Minnesota Duluth
100 Trevor Janicke Central Illinois Flying Aces University of Notre Dame
102 Patrick Moynihan Team USA Boston College
104 Zac Jones Tri-City Storm University of Massachusetts
105* Brett Budgell Chicago Steel Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
107 Matej Blumel Waterloo Black Hawks University of Connecticut
109 Ethan Frisch Green Bay Gamblers University of North Dakota
112 Hunter Skinner Lincoln Stars Western Michigan University
113 Jeremie Bucheler Chicago Steel Uncommitted
115 Austen Swankler Sioux Falls Stampede University of Michigan
117 Bryce Brodzinski Omaha Lancers University of Minnesota
118 Michael Gildon Team USA Ohio State University
119 Lynden Breen Central Illinois Flying Aces University of Maine
121 Lev Starikov Des Moines Buccaneers Uncommitted
123* Tyce Thompson Dubuque Fighting Saints Providence College
124* Alexander Steeves Dubuque Fighting Saints University of Notre Dame
136 Christopher Giroday Green Bay Gamblers Western Michigan University
137 Sam Stange Sioux City Musketeers University of Wisconsin
143 Ronnie Attard Tri-City Storm Western Michigan University
153 Parker Ford Sioux City Musketeers Providence College
165 Jackson Jutting Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Colorado College
166 Danny Weight Team USA Boston College
167 Andre Lee Sioux Falls Stampede University of Massachusetts-Lowell
168 Adam Samuelsson Sioux City Musketeers Uncommitted
177 Tyler Spott Green Bay Gamblers Northeastern University
179 Matthew Stienburg Sioux City Musketeers Cornell University
199 Matt Brown Des Moines Buccaneers University of Massachusetts-Lowell
200 Nick Abruzzese Chicago Steel Harvard University
204 Kyle Bettens Fargo Force Bemidji State University
# First Name Last Name USHL Team NCAA Commitment
1 Spencer Knight Team USA Boston College
4 Cameron Rowe Team USA University of North Dakota
8 Isaiah Saville Tri-City Storm University of Nebraska Omaha
25 Ben Kraws Sioux City Musketeers Miami University

International Goaltenders

# First Name Last Name USHL Team NCAA Commitment/Current Team
2 Samuel Hlavaj Lincoln Stars Uncommitted

* 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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