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28 QMJHL 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.

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.

 

CHL North American Skaters:

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

North American rank, name, birthdate, club, position

2 HISCHIER NICO 04-Jan-99 HALIFAX QMJHL C
15 COMTOIS MAXIME 08-Jan-99 VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL LW
42 JOSEPH PIERRE-OLIVIER 01-Jul-99 CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL D
44 KOLTYGIN PAVEL 17-Feb-99 DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL C
51 CHEKHOVICH IVAN 04-Jan-99 BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL LW
54 MORAND ANTOINE 18-Feb-99 ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL C
66 CRETE-BELZILE ANTOINE 19-Aug-99 BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL D
77 TEASDALE JOEL 11-Mar-99 BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL LW
85 ALEXEYEV YAROSLAV 17-Jan-99 SHERBROOKE QMJHL RW
95 CHAINEY JOCKTAN 08-Sep-99 HALIFAX QMJHL D
97 BUCEK SAMUEL 19-Dec-98 SHAWINIGAN QMJHL LW
103 BOUDRIAS SHAWN 14-Sep-99 GATINEAU QMJHL RW
125 JOLY D’ARTAGNAN 07-Apr-99 BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL RW
126 FLOWER WALTER 07-May-99 HALIFAX QMJHL D
132 PIETRONIRO MATTEO 20-Oct-98 BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL D
136 FORTIER MAXIME 15-Dec-97 HALIFAX QMJHL RW
137 VESTERINEN SAKU 28-Feb-99 CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL D
151 KRIEF ALEXANDER 17-Mar-99 SHERBROOKE QMJHL D
164 LAUZON ZACHARY 10-Oct-98 ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL D
170 LE COULTRE SIMON 09-Aug-99 MONCTON QMJHL D
193 MIKHNIN DENIS 11-Jul-99 RIMOUSKI QMJHL RW
198 KOSORENKOV IVAN 22-Jan-98 VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL RW
200 GAWANKE LEON 31-May-99 CAPE BRETON QMJHL D
203 PARE CEDRIC 24-Jan-99 SAINT JOHN QMJHL C
204 DUQUETTE MARC-OLIVIER 26-Mar-98 DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL D
214 CHARLEBOIS MATHIEU 14-Feb-99 HALIFAX QMJHL D

 

CHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, birthdate, club, position

8 D’ORIO ALEX 28-Apr-99 SAINT JOHN QMJHL G
16 BARIBEAU DERECK 22-Jan-99 QUEBEC QMJHL G

 

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

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