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162 players from the Canadian Hockey League were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2017 NHL Draft which takes place June 23-24 in Chicago, Ill.

The 162 players includes 76 from the Ontario Hockey League, 52 from the Western Hockey League, and 34 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

13 skaters and one goaltender received an ‘A rating’ which indicates a first round candidate.

Each league had ‘A’ ranked representatives, with the OHL and WHL each featuring six and the QMJHL including two in Victoriaville Tigres centreman Maxime Comtois and Halifax Mooseheads forward Nico Hischier.

The OHL’s top ranked talent included the Mississauga Steelheads duo of Owen Tippett and defenceman Nicolas Hague, the Hamilton Bulldogs forward pair of Matthew Strome and MacKenzie Entwistle, Windsor Spitfires centreman Gabriel Vilardi and Erie Otters forward Ivan Lodnia.

The WHL’s ‘A’ ranked talent includes Brandon Wheat Kings centreman Nolan Patrick, Spokane Chiefs winger Kailer Yamamoto, the Tri-City Americans duo of Michael Rasmussen and defenceman Juuso Valimaki, Kelowna Rockets rearguard Cal Foote and Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner.

40 skaters and four goaltenders received a ‘B rating’ which indicates second/third round candidates while 90 skaters and 14 goaltenders received a ‘C rating’ which indicates fourth/fifth/sixth round candidates.

The Guelph Storm, Halifax Mooseheads, North Bay Battalion and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds led the CHL with six players ranked from their respective clubs.

96 CHL players were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft including 15 players chosen in the first round.

162 CHL ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2017 NHL Draft

A LODNIA IVAN ERIE OHL 5′ 10.0″ 182 RW
A ENTWISTLE MACKENZIE HAMILTON OHL 6′ 2.75″ 180 C
A STROME MATTHEW HAMILTON OHL 6′ 3.5″ 206 LW
A HAGUE NICOLAS MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 5.5″ 206 D
A TIPPETT OWEN MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 1.5″ 202 RW
A VILARDI GABRIEL WINDSOR OHL 6′ 3.0″ 201 C
A HISCHIER NICO HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 0.75″ 176 C
A COMTOIS MAXIME VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6′ 2.25″ 199 C
A PATRICK NOLAN BRANDON WHL 6′ 2.75″ 198 C
A FOOTE CALLAN KELOWNA WHL 6′ 3.5″ 213 D
A SKINNER STUART LETHBRIDGE WHL 6′ 3.5″ 209 G
A YAMAMOTO KAILER SPOKANE WHL 5′ 7.5″ 153 RW
A RASMUSSEN MICHAEL TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 5.75″ 215 C
A VALIMAKI JUUSO TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 1.5″ 204 D
B RATCLIFFE ISAAC GUELPH OHL 6′ 5.5″ 196 LW
B SAMORUKOV DMITRI GUELPH OHL 6′ 2.0″ 180 D
B SCHNARR NATE GUELPH OHL 6′ 2.75″ 180 C
B FULCHER KADEN HAMILTON OHL 6′ 3.75″ 183 G
B STUDENIC MARIAN HAMILTON OHL 6′ 0.5″ 164 LW
B PAQUETTE JACOB KINGSTON OHL 6′ 2.75″ 207 D
B RASANEN EEMELI KINGSTON OHL 6′ 6.25″ 216 D
B ROBERTSON JASON KINGSTON OHL 6′ 1.75″ 192 LW
B MEIRELES GREG KITCHENER OHL 5′ 9.75″ 172 C
B FORMENTON ALEX LONDON OHL 6′ 1.0″ 162 LW
B GOLDEN JACOB LONDON OHL 5′ 11.0″ 163 D
B THOMAS ROBERT LONDON OHL 5′ 11.5″ 185 C
B LYLE BRADY NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 1.25″ 203 D
B KEYSER KYLE OSHAWA OHL 6′ 1.75″ 182 G
B STUDNICKA JACK OSHAWA OHL 6′ 1.0″ 171 C
B CHMELEVSKI ALEXANDER OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.25″ 191 C
B KEATING AUSTEN OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.5″ 170 C
B PHILLIPS MARKUS OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 11.75″ 202 D
B SUZUKI NICK OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 10.75″ 187 C
B SVOBODA MATYAS PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 3.0″ 216 LW
B COSKEY COLE SAGINAW OHL 6′ 0.5″ 189 LW
B PRONER ROBERT SAGINAW OHL 6′ 2.25″ 211 D
B MCGREGOR RYAN SARNIA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 157 C
B RUZICKA ADAM SARNIA OHL 6′ 3.5″ 202 C
B FROST MORGAN SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 5′ 10.75″ 170 LW
B DIPIETRO MICHAEL WINDSOR OHL 6′ 0.0″ 196 G
B CRETE-BELZILE ANTOINE BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL 6′ 0.0″ 186 D
B TEASDALE JOEL BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL 5′ 11.25″ 190 LW
B JOSEPH PIERRE-OLIVIER CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 6′ 2.0″ 160 D
B CHAINEY JOCKTAN HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 0.0″ 198 D
B BUCEK SAMUEL SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6′ 1.5″ 215 LW
B MATTHEOS STELIO BRANDON WHL 6′ 0.75″ 190 C
B GORDA BRAYDEN EDMONTON WHL 6′ 1.75″ 188 D
B LIND KOLE KELOWNA WHL 6′ 1.0″ 176 RW
B FLEURY CALE KOOTENAY WHL 6′ 1.25″ 203 D
B POPUGAYEV NIKITA A. MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 5.5″ 204 LW
B JOKIHARJU HENRI PORTLAND WHL 5′ 11.75″ 176 D
B SCOTT IAN PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6′ 3.25″ 174 G
B LESCHYSHYN JAKE REGINA WHL 5′ 10.75″ 184 C
B ZABLOCKI LANE REGINA WHL 5′ 11.5″ 190 RW
B RUBINCHIK MARK SASKATOON WHL 5′ 11.75″ 179 D
B TYSZKA JARRET SEATTLE WHL 6′ 2.25″ 190 D
B ANDERSON-DOLAN JARET SPOKANE WHL 5′ 11.0″ 188 C
B MINULIN ARTEM SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6′ 2.25″ 202 D
C HEDBERG TOM BARRIE OHL 5′ 11.0″ 162 D
C PODDUBNYI GERMAN ERIE OHL 6′ 2.0″ 165 C
C DUCHESNE SAMUEL FLINT OHL 6′ 1.5″ 167 D
C GORDEEV FEDOR FLINT OHL 6′ 6.25″ 211 LW
C DEAKIN-POOT NICK GUELPH OHL 6′ 4.25″ 210 C
C MICHNAC ALBERT GUELPH OHL 5′ 10.75″ 176 LW
C POPOVICH ANTHONY GUELPH OHL 6′ 1.0″ 176 G
C GLEASON BENJAMIN HAMILTON OHL 6′ 0.75″ 180 D
C BRAHANEY JAKOB KINGSTON OHL 6′ 1.25″ 183 D
C NYMAN LINUS KINGSTON OHL 5′ 9.25″ 158 RW
C MCHUGH NICHOLAS KITCHENER OHL 5′ 11.0″ 165 LW
C RICHARDSON LUKE KITCHENER OHL 6′ 2.75″ 160 G
C ROBERTS ELIJAH KITCHENER OHL 5′ 8.25″ 159 D
C SEITZ DYLAN KITCHENER OHL 6′ 1.25″ 189 C
C BLACKER IAN LONDON OHL 6′ 3.5″ 183 D
C CRAWLEY BRANDON LONDON OHL 6′ 1.5″ 203 D
C DAVIS HAYDEN NIAGARA OHL 6′ 2.25″ 193 D
C INCZE COLTON NIAGARA OHL 6′ 1.25″ 205 G
C BALL JACOB NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 3.25″ 201 RW
C BRAZEAU JUSTIN NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 5.25″ 210 RW
C CHENIER BRADLEY NORTH BAY OHL 5′ 11.25″ 187 LW
C THILANDER ADAM NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 0.0″ 190 D
C VERTIY DANIIL NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 0.0″ 204 LW
C COMMISSO DOMENIC OSHAWA OHL 5′ 11.25″ 192 C
C KRASTENBERGS RENARS OSHAWA OHL 5′ 11.0″ 171 LW
C MACLEAN KYLE OSHAWA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 175 LW
C HOEFENMAYER NOEL OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 191 D
C RYMSHA DRAKE OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 187 C
C BOURQUE TRENTON OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 1.75″ 200 D
C GADJOVICH JONAH OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 2.0″ 209 LW
C SUSHKO MAKSIM OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 11.75″ 181 LW
C CLARKE CJ PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 0.5″ 192 RW
C GALLANT ZACH PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 2.0″ 188 C
C GRIMA NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH OHL 5′ 11.75″ 195 D
C HILL BROCK SAGINAW OHL 6′ 2.25″ 206 D
C MAKSIMOV KIRILL SAGINAW OHL 6′ 2.25″ 192 LW
C HUGHES AIDAN SARNIA OHL 6′ 3.0″ 235 G
C DEMEO ANTHONY SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 0.0″ 185 D
C HOLLOWELL MAC SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 5′ 9.0″ 170 D
C MAKINEN OTTO SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.0″ 178 C
C RAAYMAKERS JOSEPH SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 0.25″ 185 G
C TIMMINS CONOR SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.25″ 185 D
C MCGRATH JAKE SUDBURY OHL 6′ 0.75″ 158 G
C PURBOO COLE WINDSOR OHL 6′ 2.75″ 215 RW
C MORAND ANTOINE ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL 5′ 10.0″ 178 C
C CHEKHOVICH IVAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 5′ 10.0″ 177 LW
C JOLY D’ARTAGNAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6′ 2.75″ 181 RW
C PIETRONIRO MATTEO BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6′ 0.5″ 180 D
C SAMUEL ANTOINE BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6′ 2.5″ 187 G
C BOUDRIAS SHAWN CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 6′ 3.75″ 197 RW
C VESTERINEN SAKU CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 5′ 11.25″ 184 D
C WELSH MATTHEW CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 5′ 10.5″ 179 G
C KOLTYGIN PAVEL DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL 5′ 11.75″ 195 LW
C MILOT-OUELLET VINCENT GATINEAU QMJHL 5′ 9.5″ 184 LW
C CHARLEBOIS MATHIEU HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 3.0″ 208 D
C DACHYSHYN BARRETT HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 2.75″ 182 C
C DURANDEAU ARNAUD HALIFAX QMJHL 5′ 10.75″ 183 LW
C FLOWER WALTER HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 1.0″ 178 D
C LE COULTRE SIMON MONCTON QMJHL 5′ 11.0″ 166 D
C COTE LOUIS-FILIP QUEBEC QMJHL 6′ 0.75″ 179 LW
C VOYER ALEX-OLIVIER RIMOUSKI QMJHL 6′ 1.5″ 180 C
C LAUZON ZACHARY ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 6′ 0.5″ 187 D
C D’ORIO ALEX SAINT JOHN QMJHL 6′ 2.0″ 201 G
C BENOIT SIMON SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6′ 2.75″ 183 D
C SYLVESTRE GABRIEL SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6′ 3.0″ 197 D
C ALEXEYEV YAROSLAV SHERBROOKE QMJHL 5′ 8.75″ 146 RW
C KRIEF ALEXANDER SHERBROOKE QMJHL 6′ 4.0″ 188 D
C BARIBEAU DERECK VAL-D’OR QMJHL 6′ 4.75″ 191 G
C KOZLOV IVAN VAL-D’OR QMJHL 6′ 2.0″ 211 C
C BECK GUILLAUME VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6′ 3.0″ 190 D
C LAPIERRE JACOB VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6′ 1.5″ 222 LW
C BUKAC DANIEL BRANDON WHL 6′ 4.25″ 185 D
C KASTELIC MARK CALGARY WHL 6′ 3.0″ 203 C
C KNEEN NOLAN KAMLOOPS WHL 6′ 0.25″ 186 D
C SMART JONATHAN KELOWNA WHL 6′ 0.0″ 197 D
C BELLERIVE JORDAN LETHBRIDGE WHL 5′ 9.75″ 196 C
C BURKE BRAYDEN LETHBRIDGE WHL 5′ 9.75″ 170 LW
C DAVIS BRETT LETHBRIDGE WHL 6′ 0.75″ 178 RW
C PREZIUSO TYLER MEDICINE HAT WHL 5′ 10.75″ 172 RW
C SHAW MASON MEDICINE HAT WHL 5′ 8.5″ 180 C
C BOWEN RYAN MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 1.75″ 170 RW
C BROOK JOSH MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 1.0″ 182 D
C SAWCHENKO ZACHARY MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 0.25″ 179 G
C WILLMS BRODY MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 1.0″ 177 G
C GLASS CODY PORTLAND WHL 6′ 1.75″ 180 C
C STRANSKY SIMON PRINCE ALBERT WHL 5′ 11.0″ 185 LW
C DE WIT JEFFREY RED DEER WHL 6′ 3.25″ 190 C
C PRATT AUSTIN RED DEER WHL 6′ 2.25″ 226 RW
C BUZIAK BRAYDON REGINA WHL 5′ 11.5″ 198 C
C HENRY NICK REGINA WHL 5′ 10.75″ 191 RW
C HOLLETT JORDAN REGINA WHL 6′ 4.0″ 194 G
C MACKENZIE LUKAS SASKATOON WHL 6′ 0.75″ 197 LW
C PATERSON JOSH SASKATOON WHL 6′ 1.5″ 190 C
C MOILANEN SAMI SEATTLE WHL 5′ 8.5″ 185 RW
C WEDMAN MATTHEW SEATTLE WHL 6′ 2.5″ 195 LW
C KOUSAL PAVEL SPOKANE WHL 5′ 11.25″ 177 C
C MCGREW JACOB SPOKANE WHL 5′ 9.75″ 190 RW
C MCINDOE ETHAN SPOKANE WHL 6′ 0.75″ 171 C
C HEPONIEMI ALEKSI SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5′ 9.75″ 147 LW
C SARTHOU EVAN TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 2.0″ 184 G
C HOLT DAWSON VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 10.75″ 187 C
C PLOUFFE DYLAN VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 11.75″ 184 D
C SEMCHUK BRENDAN VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 11.0″ 178 RW
C WALFORD SCOTT VICTORIA WHL 6′ 1.5″ 193 D

For more information including full ‘Players to Watch’ lists visit nhl.com.

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