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157 CHL Players in Final 2017 NHL Central Scouting Draft Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 157 CHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft which takes place June 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 157 players includes 142 skaters of the 217 ranked by NHL Central Scouting in North America while 15 of the 31 goaltenders ranked are also from the CHL.  In total, 63% of all players ranked by NHL Central Scouting are currently competing in the CHL.

25 of the top 31 ranked North American prospects are from the CHL led by Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings at first overall followed by Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads at number two.  Another five CHL players are listed within the top 10 including Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires at four, Michael Rasmussen of the Tri-City Americans at five, Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks is ranked sixth, Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads is listed seventh, and Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack is at 10.

The CHL’s top ranked defencemen are Juuso Valimaki of Tri-City at 11, followed by Cal Foote of the Kelowna Rockets at 12.  Three other blueliners are listed within the top 20 including Conor Timmins of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 18, Portland’s Henri Jokiharju at 19, and Mississauga’s Nicolas Hague at 20.

In goal, five of the top 10 North American prospects are also from the CHL led by Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders at number three, Windsor’s Michael DiPietro at four, Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes at five, Dylan Ferguson of the Kamloops Blazers is ranked eighth, and Dereck Baribeau of the Quebec Remparts is listed at 10.

The Ontario Hockey League has a total of 70 players ranked, followed by the Western Hockey League with 58 players, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 29 players.

All 40 players that competed in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec appear in the rankings including 34 of the top 62 ranked skaters.

153 CHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released in January, while 96 players from the CHL were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft including 15 players selected in the first round.

CHL North American Skaters:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league, position

1 PATRICK NOLAN BRANDON WHL C
2 HISCHIER NICO HALIFAX QMJHL C
4 VILARDI GABRIEL WINDSOR OHL C
5 RASMUSSEN MICHAEL TRI-CITY WHL C
6 GLASS CODY PORTLAND WHL C
7 TIPPETT OWEN MISSISSAUGA OHL RW
10 SUZUKI NICK OWEN SOUND OHL C
11 VALIMAKI JUUSO TRI-CITY WHL D
12 FOOTE CALLAN KELOWNA WHL D
14 ROBERTSON JASON KINGSTON OHL LW
15 RATCLIFFE ISAAC GUELPH OHL LW
17 YAMAMOTO KAILER SPOKANE WHL RW
18 TIMMINS CONOR SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
19 JOKIHARJU HENRI PORTLAND WHL D
20 HAGUE NICOLAS MISSISSAUGA OHL D
21 ANDERSON-DOLAN JARET SPOKANE WHL C
22 THOMAS ROBERT LONDON OHL C
23 LIND KOLE KELOWNA WHL RW
25 HENRY NICK REGINA WHL RW
26 HEPONIEMI ALEKSI SWIFT CURRENT WHL C
27 JOSEPH PIERRE-OLIVIER CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL D
28 POPUGAEV NIKITA PRINCE GEORGE WHL LW
29 FORMENTON ALEX LONDON OHL LW
30 COMTOIS MAXIME VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL LW
31 FROST MORGAN SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
32 RASANEN EEMELI KINGSTON OHL D
33 STROME MATTHEW HAMILTON OHL LW
36 LODNIA IVAN ERIE OHL RW
37 RUZICKA ADAM SARNIA OHL C
38 MATTHEOS STELIO BRANDON WHL RW
39 GADJOVICH JONAH OWEN SOUND OHL LW
41 TYSZKA JARRET SEATTLE WHL D
42 LESCHYSHYN JAKE REGINA WHL C
43 CHMELEVSKI ALEXANDER OTTAWA OHL C
44 ENTWISTLE MACKENZIE HAMILTON OHL RW
45 GEEKIE MORGAN TRI-CITY WHL C
47 SCHNARR NATE GUELPH OHL C
48 LYLE BRADY NORTH BAY OHL D
49 BROOK JOSH MOOSE JAW WHL D
50 PHILLIPS MARKUS OWEN SOUND OHL D
52 ZABLOCKI LANE RED DEER WHL RW
53 MORAND ANTOINE ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL C
55 SHAW MASON MEDICINE HAT WHL C
56 OLSON KYLE TRI-CITY WHL RW
58 MINULIN ARTYOM SWIFT CURRENT WHL D
59 LEWIS TY BRANDON WHL LW
62 FLEURY CALE KOOTENAY WHL D
64 GALLANT ZACH PETERBOROUGH OHL C
66 MAKSIMOV KIRILL NIAGARA OHL RW
69 SAMORUKOV DMITRI GUELPH OHL D
70 STEENBERGEN TYLER SWIFT CURRENT WHL C
71 CHEKHOVICH IVAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL LW
72 SUSHKO MAKSIM OWEN SOUND OHL RW
75 HOEFENMAYER NOEL OTTAWA OHL D
76 CRETE-BELZILE ANTOINE BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL D
77 COGHLAN DYLAN TRI-CITY WHL D
82 BELLERIVE JORDAN LETHBRIDGE WHL C
83 KOLTYGIN PAVEL DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL C
84 TEASDALE JOEL BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL LW
86 PECKFORD RYAN VICTORIA WHL LW
87 DE JONG BRENDAN PORTLAND WHL D
90 WALFORD SCOTT VICTORIA WHL D
91 HANCOCK KEVIN OWEN SOUND OHL LW
93 MEIRELES GREG KITCHENER OHL C
95 YERYOMENKO VLADISLAV CALGARY WHL D
96 THILANDER ADAM NORTH BAY OHL D
100 NYMAN LINUS KINGSTON OHL RW
101 STUDENIC MARIAN HAMILTON OHL RW
102 JOLY D’ARTAGNAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL RW
103 PRATT AUSTIN RED DEER WHL RW
104 GORDEEV FEDOR FLINT OHL D
105 PAQUETTE JACOB KINGSTON OHL D
107 MCGREGOR RYAN SARNIA OHL C
110 MOILANEN SAMI SEATTLE WHL RW
112 BOOMHOWER SHAW MISSISSAUGA OHL LW
113 ROBERTS ZACHARY OWEN SOUND OHL LW
114 ALEXEYEV YAROSLAV SHERBROOKE QMJHL RW
115 KEATING AUSTEN OTTAWA OHL LW
117 BATHERSON DRAKE CAPE BRETON QMJHL C
118 RYMSHA DRAKE SARNIA OHL C
120 STUDNICKA JACK OSHAWA OHL C
123 SEITZ DYLAN KITCHENER OHL C
124 DURZI SEAN OWEN SOUND OHL D
126 CHAINEY JOCKTAN HALIFAX QMJHL D
130 PODDUBNYI GERMAN ERIE OHL C
132 MCINDOE ETHAN SPOKANE WHL LW
133 LEASON BRETT TRI-CITY WHL C
134 WARM WILL EDMONTON WHL D
135 PLOUFFE DYLAN VANCOUVER WHL D
136 NOEL DAVID VAL-D’OR QMJHL D
137 BRASSARD MATT OSHAWA OHL D
140 RUBINCHIK MARK SASKATOON WHL D
141 HAWEL LIAM GUELPH OHL C
142 DAVIS BRETT KOOTENAY WHL RW
143 LAUZON ZACHARY ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL D
144 GOLDEN JACOB LONDON OHL D
145 MCHUGH NICHOLAS KITCHENER OHL LW
146 PARE CEDRIC SAINT JOHN QMJHL C
147 GORDA BRAYDEN EDMONTON WHL D
148 ISAACSON NICK PETERBOROUGH OHL LW
149 SMART JONATHAN REGINA WHL D
150 COSKEY COLE SAGINAW OHL RW
152 PHILIP MATTHEW NIAGARA OHL C
153 KREBS DAKOTA TRI-CITY WHL D
154 BOURQUE TRENTON OWEN SOUND OHL D
164 CASTLEMAN OLIVER NIAGARA OHL LW
166 TYANULIN ARTUR OTTAWA OHL RW
168 HALBGEWACHS JAYDEN MOOSE JAW WHL LW
169 HUGHES RYAN PORTLAND WHL C
170 JONES BEN NIAGARA OHL C
171 BUCEK SAMUEL SHAWINIGAN QMJHL LW
173 BUKAC DANIEL BRANDON WHL D
174 GRISHAKOV ANDREI CALGARY WHL LW
176 MCKENZIE SKYLER PORTLAND WHL LW
177 DURANDEAU ARNAUD HALIFAX QMJHL LW
179 PIETRONIRO MATTEO BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL D
181 FORTIER MAXIME HALIFAX QMJHL RW
182 KASTELIC MARK CALGARY WHL C
185 BOUDRIAS SHAWN GATINEAU QMJHL RW
186 KOSORENKOV IVAN VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL RW
187 BURKE BRAYDEN MOOSE JAW WHL LW
189 PURBOO COLE WINDSOR OHL RW
192 KELLY PARKER PRINCE ALBERT WHL C
193 FLOWER WALTER HALIFAX QMJHL D
195 GUAY NICOLAS DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL C
197 FRASER COLE PETERBOROUGH OHL D
198 VESTERINEN SAKU CHARLOTTETOWN QMJHL D
199 CRAWLEY BRANDON LONDON OHL D
200 GAWANKE LEON CAPE BRETON QMJHL D
201 BOKA LUCAS WINDSOR OHL RW
202 HAYES ZACKARY PRINCE ALBERT WHL D
203 JOSLING SEAN SARNIA OHL RW
204 BOWEN RYAN LETHBRIDGE WHL RW
205 PATERSON JOSH SASKATOON WHL C
206 BRAZEAU JUSTIN NORTH BAY OHL RW
207 MARTEL JORDAN BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL RW
209 MACLEAN KYLE OSHAWA OHL LW
210 WEDMAN MATTHEW SEATTLE WHL C
211 MAKINEN OTTO SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
212 DUQUETTE MARC-OLIVIER DRUMMONDVILLE QMJHL D
213 DEAKIN-POOT NICHOLAS GUELPH OHL C
215 MACHALA ONDREJ NIAGARA OHL LW

CHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league

3 SCOTT IAN PRINCE ALBERT WHL
4 DIPIETRO MICHAEL WINDSOR OHL
5 SKINNER STUART LETHBRIDGE WHL
8 FERGUSON DYLAN KAMLOOPS WHL
10 BARIBEAU DERECK QUEBEC QMJHL
11 KEYSER KYLE OSHAWA OHL
13 D’ORIO ALEX SAINT JOHN QMJHL
15 HOLLETT JORDAN REGINA WHL
16 VILLALTA MATT SAULT STE. MARIE OHL
18 FULCHER KADEN HAMILTON OHL
19 MCGRATH JAKE SUDBURY OHL
21 DHILLON STEPHEN NIAGARA OHL
25 WEATHERILL DAWSON SPOKANE WHL
27 PROPP CHRISTIAN BARRIE OHL
30 RICHARDSON LUKE KITCHENER OHL

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

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