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33 QMJHL Players on November’s ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2017 NHL Draft

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

The list includes 77 players from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), 58 from the Western Hockey League (WHL), and 33 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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

Each league had ‘A’ ranked representatives, with the WHL leading the way with nine while the OHL trailed with six and the QMJHL featured two in forwards Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) and Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads).

Among the top talent from the WHL, is the most likely next NHL first round pick: Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Other players are Stelio Mattheos, also of the Wheat Kings, the Tri-City Americans pair of forward Michael Rasmussen and defenceman Juuso Valimaki, Kelowna Rockets rearguard Callan Foote, Moose Jaw Warriors Russian winger Nikita Popugaev, Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto, Portland Winterhawks centreman Cody Glass and Prince Albert Raiders goaltender Ian Scott.

The OHL had ‘A’ ranked talent featuring the Hamilton Bulldogs forwards Matthew Strome and MacKenzie Entwistle, Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Tippett and teammate Nicolas Hague on the blue line, Windsor Spitfires forward Gabriel Vilardi and London Knights fleet-footed winger Alex Formenton.

40 skaters and four goaltenders received a ‘B rating’ which indicates second/third round candidates while 92 skaters and 15 goaltenders received a ‘C rating’ which indicates fourth/fifth/sixth round candidates.

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds lead the CHL with eight players included in the rankings followed by the Halifax Mooseheads, Owen Sound Attack and Spokane Chiefs who feature six each.

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

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

‘A’ RATED SKATERS

A COMTOIS MAXIME VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6′ 2.25″ 199 LW L
A ENTWISTLE MACKENZIE HAMILTON OHL 6′ 2.75″ 180 RW R
A FOOTE CALLAN KELOWNA WHL 6′ 3.5″ 213 D R
A FORMENTON ALEX LONDON OHL 6′ 1.0″ 162 LW L
A GLASS CODY PORTLAND WHL 6′ 1.75″ 180 C R
A HAGUE NICOLAS MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 5.5″ 206 D L
A HISCHIER NICO HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 0.75″ 176 C L
A MATTHEOS STELIO BRANDON WHL 6′ 0.75″ 190 C R
A PATRICK NOLAN BRANDON WHL 6′ 2.75″ 198 C R
A POPUGAEV NIKITA A. MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 5.5″ 204 LW R
A RASMUSSEN MICHAEL TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 5.75″ 215 C L
A STROME MATTHEW HAMILTON OHL 6′ 3.5″ 206 LW L
A TIPPETT OWEN MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 1.5″ 202 RW R
A VALIMAKI JUUSO TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 1.5″ 204 D L
A VILARDI GABRIEL WINDSOR OHL 6′ 3.0″ 201 C R
A YAMAMOTO KAILER SPOKANE WHL 5′ 7.5″ 153 RW R

‘B’ RATED SKATERS

B ANDERSON-DOLAN JARET SPOKANE WHL 5′ 11.0″ 188 C L
B BUCEK SAMUEL SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6′ 1.5″ 215 LW R
B CHEKHOVICH IVAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 5′ 10.0″ 177 C L
B CHMELEVSKI ALEXANDER OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.25″ 191 C R
B CRETE-BELZILE ANTOINE BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL 6′ 0.0″ 186 D L
B FROST MORGAN SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 5′ 10.75″ 170 C L
B HENRY NICK REGINA WHL 5′ 10.75″ 191 RW R
B HEPONIEMI ALEKSI SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5′ 9.75″ 147 LW L
B HOEFENMAYER NOEL OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 191 D L
B JOKIHARJU HENRI PORTLAND WHL 5′ 11.75″ 176 D R
B JOSEPH PIERRE-OLIVIER CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 6′ 2.0″ 160 D L
B KOLTYGIN PAVEL DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL 5′ 11.75″ 195 LW L
B LESCHYSHYN JAKE REGINA WHL 5′ 10.75″ 184 C L
B LIND KOLE KELOWNA WHL 6′ 1.0″ 176 RW R
B LODNIA IVAN ERIE OHL 5′ 10.0″ 182 C R
B LYLE BRADY NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 1.25″ 203 D R
B MCGREGOR RYAN SARNIA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 157 LW L
B MEIRELES GREG KITCHENER OHL 5′ 9.75″ 172 RW R
B MINULIN ARTYOM SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6′ 2.25″ 202 D R
B MORAND ANTOINE ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL 5′ 10.0″ 178 C L
B PAQUETTE JACOB KINGSTON OHL 6′ 2.75″ 207 D L
B PHILLIPS MARKUS OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 11.75″ 202 D L
B PRATT AUSTIN RED DEER WHL 6′ 2.25″ 226 RW R
B RASANEN EEMELI KINGSTON OHL 6′ 6.25″ 216 D R
B RATCLIFFE ISAAC GUELPH OHL 6′ 5.5″ 196 LW L
B ROBERTSON JASON KINGSTON OHL 6′ 1.75″ 192 LW L
B RUZICKA ADAM SARNIA OHL 6′ 3.5″ 202 C L
B SAMORUKOV DMITRI GUELPH OHL 6′ 2.0″ 180 D L
B SCHNARR NATE GUELPH OHL 6′ 2.75″ 180 C R
B STUDENIC MARIAN HAMILTON OHL 6′ 0.5″ 164 RW L
B STUDNICKA JACK OSHAWA OHL 6′ 1.0″ 171 C R
B SUSHKO MAKSIM OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 11.75″ 181 RW L
B SUZUKI NICK OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 10.75″ 187 C R
B SVOBODA MATYAS PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 3.0″ 216 LW L
B TEASDALE JOEL BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL 5′ 11.25″ 190 LW L
B THILANDER ADAM NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 0.0″ 190 D R
B THOMAS ROBERT LONDON OHL 5′ 11.5″ 185 C R
B TIMMINS CONOR SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.25″ 185 D R
B TYSZKA JARRET SEATTLE WHL 6′ 2.25″ 190 D R
B ZABLOCKI LANE REGINA WHL 5′ 11.5″ 190 RW R

‘C’ RATED SKATERS

C ALEXEYEV YAROSLAV SHERBROOKE QMJHL 5′ 8.75″ 146 RW L
C BALL JACOB NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 3.25″ 201 LW L
C BELLERIVE JORDAN LETHBRIDGE WHL 5′ 9.75″ 196 C L
C BENOIT SIMON SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6′ 2.75″ 183 D L
C BOKA LUKE WINDSOR OHL 5′ 11.5″ 191 RW R
C BOUDRIAS SHAWN CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 6′ 3.75″ 197 RW R
C BOURQUE TRENTON OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 1.75″ 200 D L
C BOWEN RYAN LETHBRIDGE WHL 6′ 1.75″ 170 RW R
C BROOK JOSH MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 1.0″ 182 D R
C BUKAC DANIEL BRANDON WHL 6′ 4.25″ 185 D R
C BURKE BRAYDEN MOOSE JAW WHL 5′ 9.75″ 170 LW L
C CARSON MACAULEY SUDBURY OHL 6′ 0.5″ 211 LW L
C CHAINEY JOCKTAN HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 0.0″ 198 D L
C CHARLEBOIS MATHIEU HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 3.0″ 208 D L
C CHENIER BRADLEY NORTH BAY OHL 5′ 10.5″ 171 LW L
C CLARKE CJ PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 0.5″ 192 RW L
C COMMISSO DOMENIC OSHAWA OHL 5′ 11.25″ 192 C R
C COSKEY COLE SAGINAW OHL 6′ 0.5″ 189 RW R
C COTE LOUIS-FILIP QUEBEC QMJHL 6′ 0.75″ 179 LW L
C CRAWLEY BRANDON LONDON OHL 6′ 1.5″ 203 D L
C DAVIS HAYDEN NIAGARA OHL 6′ 2.25″ 193 D R
C DAVIS BRETT LETHBRIDGE WHL 6′ 0.75″ 178 RW L
C DE WIT JEFFREY RED DEER WHL 6′ 3.25″ 190 C R
C DEAKIN-POOT NICK GUELPH OHL 6′ 4.25″ 210 C L
C DEMEO ANTHONY SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 0.0″ 185 D L
C DURANDEAU ARNAUD HALIFAX QMJHL 5′ 10.75″ 183 LW L
C FIX-WOLANSKY TREY EDMONTON WHL 5′ 6.0″ 188 RW R
C FLEURY CALE KOOTENAY WHL 6′ 1.25″ 203 D R
C FLOWER WALTER HALIFAX QMJHL 6′ 1.0″ 178 D R
C FORTIER MAXIME HALIFAX QMJHL 5′ 10.0″ 182 RW R
C GADJOVICH JONAH OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 2.0″ 209 LW L
C GALLANT ZACH PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 2.0″ 188 C L
C GLEASON BENJAMIN HAMILTON OHL 6′ 0.75″ 180 D L
C GOLDEN JACOB LONDON OHL 5′ 11.0″ 163 D L
C GORDA BRAYDEN EDMONTON WHL 6′ 1.75″ 188 D L
C GORDEEV FEDOR FLINT OHL 6′ 6.25″ 211 D L
C GRIMA NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH OHL 5′ 11.75″ 195 D R
C GRISHAKOV ANDREI CALGARY WHL 6′ 0.5″ 204 LW R
C HAWEL LIAM SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 3.5″ 175 C R
C HAYES ZACKARY PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6′ 2.0″ 215 D R
C HEDBERG TOM BARRIE OHL 5′ 11.0″ 162 D L
C HOLLOWELL MAC SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 5′ 9.0″ 170 D R
C HOLT DAWSON VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 10.75″ 187 C R
C ISAACSON NICK PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 2.75″ 187 LW L
C JOLY D’ARTAGNAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6′ 2.75″ 181 RW L
C KASTELIC MARK CALGARY WHL 6′ 3.0″ 203 C R
C KEATING AUSTEN OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.5″ 170 LW L
C KNEEN NOLAN KAMLOOPS WHL 6′ 0.25″ 186 D R
C KOUSAL PAVEL SPOKANE WHL 5′ 11.25″ 177 LW L
C KOZLOV IVAN VAL-D’OR QMJHL 6′ 2.0″ 211 LW L
C KRASTENBERGS RENARS OSHAWA OHL 5′ 11.0″ 171 LW L
C KRIEF ALEXANDER SHERBROOKE QMJHL 6′ 4.0″ 188 D L
C LAPIERRE JACOB VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6′ 1.5″ 222 LW L
C LAUZON ZACHARY ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 6′ 0.5″ 187 D L
C LE COULTRE SIMON MONCTON QMJHL 5′ 11.0″ 166 D L
C MACHALA ONDREJ NIAGARA OHL 5′ 9.75″ 176 LW L
C MACLEAN KYLE OSHAWA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 175 LW L
C MAKINEN OTTO SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.0″ 178 C L
C MCGREW JACOB SPOKANE WHL 5′ 9.75″ 190 RW R
C MCHUGH NICHOLAS KITCHENER OHL 5′ 11.0″ 165 LW L
C MCINDOE ETHAN SPOKANE WHL 6′ 0.75″ 171 LW L
C MICHNAC ALBERT GUELPH OHL 5′ 10.75″ 176 LW L
C MIKHNIN DENIS RIMOUSKI QMJHL 5′ 9.75″ 166 RW L
C MILOT-OUELLET VINCENT GATINEAU QMJHL 5′ 9.5″ 184 RW R
C MOILANEN SAMI SEATTLE WHL 5′ 8.5″ 185 RW L
C NYMAN LINUS KINGSTON OHL 5′ 9.25″ 158 RW L
C O’GRADY REAGAN SUDBURY OHL 6′ 1.5″ 194 D R
C OLSON KYLE TRI-CITY WHL 5′ 10.5″ 161 C L
C PATERSON JOSH SASKATOON WHL 6′ 1.5″ 190 C R
C PECKFORD RYAN VICTORIA WHL 6′ 0.0″ 185 C L
C PIETRONIRO MATTEO BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6′ 0.5″ 180 D L
C PLOUFFE DYLAN VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 11.75″ 184 D L
C PODDUBNYI GERMAN ERIE OHL 6′ 1.5″ 181 C L
C PRONER ROBERT SAGINAW OHL 6′ 2.25″ 211 D L
C PRYCE NICK OWEN SOUND OHL 5′ 10.25″ 182 LW L
C PURBOO COLE WINDSOR OHL 6′ 2.75″ 215 RW R
C ROBERTS ELIJAH KITCHENER OHL 5′ 8.25″ 159 D L
C RUBINCHIK MARK SASKATOON WHL 5′ 11.75″ 179 D L
C RUBINS KRISTIANS MEDICINE HAT WHL 6′ 4.0″ 216 D L
C RYMSHA DRAKE OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 187 C R
C SEITZ DYLAN KITCHENER OHL 6′ 1.25″ 189 C L
C SEMCHUK BRENDAN VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 11.0″ 178 RW R
C SHAW MASON MEDICINE HAT WHL 5′ 8.5″ 180 C L
C SMART JONATHAN KELOWNA WHL 6′ 0.0″ 197 D L
C STRANSKY SIMON PRINCE ALBERT WHL 5′ 11.0″ 185 LW L
C SYLVESTRE GABRIEL SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6′ 3.0″ 197 D R
C VESTERINEN SAKU CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 5′ 11.25″ 184 D R
C VOYER ALEX-OLIVIER RIMOUSKI QMJHL 6′ 1.5″ 180 RW R
C WALFORD SCOTT VICTORIA WHL 6′ 1.5″ 193 D L
C WARM WILL EDMONTON WHL 5′ 11.25″ 179 D R
C WEDMAN MATTHEW SEATTLE WHL 6′ 2.5″ 195 C R
C YERYOMENKO VLADISLAV CALGARY WHL 5′ 11.5″ 171 D R

 

‘A’ RATED GOALTENDERS

A SCOTT IAN PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6′ 3.25″ 174 G L

‘B’ RATED GOALTENDERS

B DIPIETRO MICHAEL WINDSOR OHL 6′ 0.0″ 196 G L
B FULCHER KADEN HAMILTON OHL 6′ 3.75″ 183 G L
B KEYSER KYLE OSHAWA OHL 6′ 1.75″ 182 G L
B SKINNER STUART LETHBRIDGE WHL 6′ 3.5″ 209 G L

‘C’ RATED GOALTENDERS

C BARIBEAU DERECK VAL-D’OR QMJHL 6′ 4.75″ 191 G R
C D’ORIO ALEX SAINT JOHN QMJHL 6′ 2.0″ 201 G R
C HOLLETT JORDAN REGINA WHL 6′ 4.0″ 194 G R
C HUGHES AIDAN SARNIA OHL 6′ 3.0″ 235 G L
C HUGHES LIAM EDMONTON WHL 6′ 1.0″ 194 G L
C INCZE COLTON NIAGARA OHL 6′ 1.25″ 205 G L
C LAFRENIERE OLIVIER OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.75″ 212 G L
C MCGRATH JAKE SUDBURY OHL 6′ 0.75″ 158 G L
C PROPP CHRISTIAN BARRIE OHL 6′ 2.25″ 176 G L
C RAAYMAKERS JOSEPH SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 0.25″ 185 G L
C SAWCHENKO ZACHARY MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 0.25″ 179 G L
C VILLALTA MATT SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 2.5″ 165 G L
C WEATHERILL DAWSON SPOKANE WHL 6′ 4.5″ 189 G L
C WELSH MATTHEW CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL 5′ 10.5″ 179 G L
C WILLMS BRODY MOOSE JAW WHL 6′ 1.0″ 177 G L

 

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