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68 OHL Players Listed in 2017 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings
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34 of the top 62 ranked skaters will compete in Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 153 CHL players appear in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft which takes place June 23-24 in Chicago.

The domestic rankings list a total of 217 North American skaters including 137 from the CHL, also listing an additional 31 North American goaltenders including 16 that currently compete in the CHL.

Top ranked Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings headlines a list of 25 CHL players who appear as first round candidates including seven within the Top-10.  Patrick, who will captain Team Cherry at the upcoming Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, is followed by Team Orr captain Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads at number two.

This season marks the first time since 2013’s Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks) and Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads) when the top two ranked players at midterm were named captains on opposing teams prior to the Top Prospects Game.

CHL players also included in the Top-10 are Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires at three, Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads at four, Michael Rasmussen of the Tri-City Americans at six, Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks at eight, and Americans’ defenceman Juuso Valimaki at nine.

Five of the Top-10 ranked North American goaltenders are also from the CHL including Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders at number two, followed by the Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro at seven, Alex D’Orio of the Saint John Sea Dogs at eight, Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes at nine, and Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals listed at number 10.

The Ontario Hockey League leads the way with 68 players appearing in the rankings including 59 skaters and nine goaltenders, followed by 57 players from the Western Hockey League including 52 skaters and five goaltenders, with a total of 28 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League listed including 26 skaters and two goaltenders.

The Owen Sound Attack lead all CHL clubs with seven players included in the rankings, followed closely by Guelph Storm, Kitchener Rangers and Niagara IceDogs in the OHL ranks with five players each.

All 40 of the CHL players competing in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Monday January 30 in Quebec City appear in the Midterm Rankings including 34 of the top-62 skaters.

Last season, 152 CHL players appeared in the Midterm Rankings before 96 were selected at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo including 15 players chosen in the first round.

 

OHL Skaters:

Players in bold will compete in 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

North American rank, name, birthdate, OHL club, position, shot

3 VILARDI GABRIEL 16-Aug-99 WINDSOR OHL C
4 TIPPETT OWEN 16-Feb-99 MISSISSAUGA OHL RW
11 HAGUE NICOLAS 05-Dec-98 MISSISSAUGA OHL D
16 SUZUKI NICK 10-Aug-99 OWEN SOUND OHL C
19 STROME MATTHEW 06-Jan-99 HAMILTON OHL LW
20 RATCLIFFE ISAAC 15-Feb-99 GUELPH OHL LW
24 FORMENTON ALEX 13-Sep-99 LONDON OHL LW
26 TIMMINS CONOR 18-Sep-98 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
27 RUZICKA ADAM 11-May-99 SARNIA OHL C
28 THOMAS ROBERT 02-Jul-99 LONDON OHL C
29 FROST MORGAN 14-May-99 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
32 SCHNARR NATE 25-Feb-99 GUELPH OHL C
34 ROBERTSON JASON 22-Jul-99 KINGSTON OHL LW
35 ENTWISTLE MACKENZIE 14-Jul-99 HAMILTON OHL RW
37 LODNIA IVAN 31-Aug-99 ERIE OHL RW
38 CHMELEVSKI SASHA 09-Jun-99 OTTAWA OHL C
39 MEIRELES GREG 01-Jan-99 KITCHENER OHL C
41 HOEFENMAYER NOEL 06-Jan-99 OTTAWA OHL D
53 LYLE BRADY 06-Jun-99 NORTH BAY OHL D
57 RASANEN EEMELI 06-Mar-99 KINGSTON OHL D
59 THILANDER ADAM 18-Sep-98 NORTH BAY OHL D
60 GADJOVICH JONAH 12-Oct-98 OWEN SOUND OHL LW
62 PHILLIPS MARKUS 21-Mar-99 OWEN SOUND OHL D
71 GALLANT ZACH 06-Mar-99 PETERBOROUGH OHL C
73 SUSHKO MAKSIM 10-Feb-99 OWEN SOUND OHL RW
79 MCGREGOR RYAN 29-Jan-99 SARNIA OHL C
80 STUDNICKA JACK 18-Feb-99 OSHAWA OHL C
86 STUDENIC MARIAN 28-Oct-98 HAMILTON OHL RW
90 PAQUETTE JACOB 26-May-99 KINGSTON OHL D
92 KEATING AUSTEN 07-Mar-99 OTTAWA OHL LW
96 COSKEY COLE 01-Jun-99 SAGINAW OHL RW
99 JONES BEN 26-Feb-99 NIAGARA OHL C
100 SEITZ DYLAN 15-Jan-99 KITCHENER OHL C
102 NYMAN LINUS 11-Jul-99 KINGSTON OHL RW
122 SAMORUKOV DMITRI 16-Jun-99 GUELPH OHL D
123 BOOMHOWER SHAW 31-Oct-98 MISSISSAUGA OHL LW
135 DEAKIN-POOT NICHOLAS 28-Jan-99 GUELPH OHL C
139 DURZI SEAN 21-Oct-98 OWEN SOUND OHL D
143 GOLDEN JACOB 20-Mar-99 LONDON OHL D
147 MACHALA ONDREJ 11-Jan-99 NIAGARA OHL LW
148 HANCOCK KEVIN 02-Mar-98 OWEN SOUND OHL LW
161 DEMEO ANTHONY 16-Jun-99 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
162 MICHNAC ALBERT 18-Oct-98 GUELPH OHL LW
166 SVOBODA MATYAS 02-Jan-99 PETERBOROUGH OHL LW
168 ISAACSON NICK 11-Aug-99 PETERBOROUGH OHL LW
173 PHILIP MATTHEW 31-May-99 NIAGARA OHL C
176 MCHUGH NICHOLAS 13-Feb-99 KITCHENER OHL LW
180 ROBERTS ZACHARY 04-Aug-99 OWEN SOUND OHL LW
183 CARSON MACAULEY 12-Mar-99 SUDBURY OHL LW
185 MAKSIMOV KIRILL 01-Jun-99 NIAGARA OHL RW
188 GORDEEV FEDOR 27-Jan-99 FLINT OHL D
189 CASTLEMAN OLIVER 15-Sep-99 NIAGARA OHL LW
191 GARREFFA JOSEPH 09-Aug-99 KITCHENER OHL LW
194 PURBOO COLE 18-Jun-99 WINDSOR OHL RW
205 HEDBERG TOM 10-Aug-99 BARRIE OHL D
206 FRASER COLE 23-Aug-99 PETERBOROUGH OHL D
208 ROBERTS ELIJAH 23-Jan-99 KITCHENER OHL D
209 GRIMA NICHOLAS 07-Mar-99 SARNIA OHL D
211 BOKA LUCAS 12-Jun-99 WINDSOR OHL RW

 

OHL Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, birthdate, OHL club, position, catches

7 DIPIETRO MICHAEL 09-Jun-99 WINDSOR OHL G L
10 KEYSER KYLE 08-Mar-99 OSHAWA OHL G L
12 FULCHER KADEN 23-Sep-98 HAMILTON OHL G L
14 VILLALTA MATT 03-Jun-99 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL G L
19 DHILLON STEPHEN 14-Sep-98 NIAGARA OHL G L
23 MCGRATH JAKE 07-Jan-99 SUDBURY OHL G L
25 PROPP CHRISTIAN 27-Mar-99 BARRIE OHL G L
27 LAFRENIERE OLIVIER 08-Jun-98 OTTAWA OHL G L
28 HUGHES AIDAN 10-Apr-99 SARNIA OHL G L

 

For more information on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings, please visit nhl.com.

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