NHL Central Scouting high on NCAA players, recruits

The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau released its mid-term rankings Monday of North American skaters and goaltenders for June’s NHL Entry Draft and a slew of current collegians and recruits made the list.

Round 1:
5) Tyler Biggs, RW, U.S. NTDP (Miami)
13) J.T. Miller, C, U.S. NTDP (North Dakota)
15) Scott Mayfield, D, Youngstown/USHL (Denver)
25) Rocco Grimaldi, C, U.S. NTDP (North Dakota)
27) Jamie Oleksiak, D, Northeastern
28) Seth Ambroz, RW, Omaha/USHL (Minnesota)

Round 2:
31) Philippe Hudon, C/RW, Choate-Rosemary (Cornell)
32) Michael Paliotta, D, U.S. NTDP (Vermont)
38) Nick Shore, RW, Denver
54) Petr Placek, W, Hotchkiss School (Harvard)
55) Matthew Nieto, LW, Boston University
56) Sean Kuraly, C, Indiana/USHL (Miami)
59) Adam Reid, LW, U.S. NTDP (Northeastern)

Round 3:
61) Adam Clendening, D, Boston University
63) Michael Mersch, LW, Wisconsin
65) Mike Reilly, D, Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minnesota)
66) Colin Sullivan, D, Avon Old Farms (Yale)
71) Patrick Koudys, D, Rensselaer
72) Robbie Russo, D, U.S. NTDP (Notre Dame)
77) Matthew Killian, D, Delbarton (Yale)
82) Destry Straight, C, Coquitlam/BCHL (Boston College)
83) Colten St. Clair, C, Fargo/USHL (North Dakota)
84) Jimmy Vesey, LW, Belmont Hill (Harvard)
85) Stephen Miller, LW, Nobles (Cornell)
89) Austin Czarnik, C, Green Bay/USHL (Miami)

Round 4:
92) Frankie Simonelli, D, Wisconsin
95) Rob O’Gara, D, Milton Academy (Yale)
98) Zac Larraza, LW, U.S. NTDP (Denver)
101) Matt Harlow, LW, Nobles (Brown)
103) Andy Welinski, D, Green Bay/USHL (Minnesota-Duluth)
112) Blake Pietila, LW, U.S. NTDP (Northern Michigan)
113) Mike McKee, D, Kent School (Northeastern)
115) Dillon Simpson, D, North Dakota
120) Charles Orzetti, C/LW, Jersey/EJHL (Yale)

Round 5:
121) Sam Windle, D, Chicago/USHL (Bemidji State)
123) Nick Bligh, C, Dexter School (Dartmouth)
127) Sam Warning, LW, Cedar Rapids/USHL (Minnesota)
128) Joakim Ryan, D, Dubuque/USHL (Cornell)
132) Steve Fogarty, C, Edina High (Notre Dame)
133) Michael King, D, Westside/BCHL (Colorado College)
135) Mike Pereira, LW, Massachusetts
138) Garrett Haar, D, Fargo/USHL (Northeastern)
139) Sahir Gill, C, Boston University
141) Craig Wyszomirski, D, The Gunnery (Providence)
145) Brennan Serville, D, Stouffville/OJHL (Michigan)
147) Sam Mellor, C, Trail/BCHL (Alaska-Anchorage)
149) Aaron Harstad, D, Green Bay/USHL (Colorado College)
150) Brad Navin, C, Waupaca High (Wisconsin)

Round 6:
152) Chris Bradley, D, Youngstown/USHL (Renesselaer)
156) Brendan Woods, LW, Muskegon/USHL (Wisconsin)
159) Max McCormick, LW, Sioux City/USHL (Ohio State)
160) Tony Cameranesi, C, Wayzata High (Minnesota-Duluth)
162) Tanner Sorenson, C/W, Shattuck St. Mary’s (Michigan State)
163) Matthew Caito, D, Salisbury (Miami)
164) Jaycob Megna, D, Muskegon/USHL (Nebraska-Omaha)
165) Madison Dias, LW, Victoria/BCHL (Cornell)
172) Cason Hohmann, C, Cedar Rapids/USHL (Boston University)
175) Barrett Kaib, D, U.S. NTDP (Providence)
176) Kyle Rau, C, Eden Prairie High (Minnesota)

Round 7:
185) Gunnar Hughes, LW, Waterloo/USHL (St. Lawrence)
189) Jack Barre, RW, Salisbury (Dartmouth)
190) Joe Fiala, D, U.S. NTDP (Western Michigan)
193) Alexx Privitera, D, Muskegon/USHL (Boston University)
198) Josiah Didier, D, Cedar Rapids/USHL (Denver)
200) Curtis Leonard, D, Wellington/OJHL (Rensselaer)
204) Cole Bardreau, C, U.S. NTDP (Cornell)
205) Sam Jardine, D, Camrose/AJHL (Ohio State)
206) Reid Boucher, C, U.S. NTDP (Michigan State)
207) Brian Ferlin, RW, Indiana/USHL (Cornell)
208) Ryan Renz, D, Alberni Valley/BCHL (Northeastern)
209) John Gaudreau, LW, Dubuque/USHL (Northeastern)
210) Michael Seward, LW, Boston/EJHL (Harvard)

Limited Viewing:
Austin Wuthrich, RW, U.S. NTDP (Notre Dame)
Connor Murphy, D, U.S. NTDP (Miami)

1) John Gibson, U.S. NTDP (Michigan)
5) Matt McNeely, U.S. NTDP (Minnesota-Duluth)
6) Stephen Michalek, Loomis-Chaffee (Harvard)
15) Jay Williams, Waterloo/USHL (Miami)
17) Adam Wilcox, Green Bay/USHL (Minnesota)
24) Matthew O’Connor, Youngstown/USHL (Boston University)
27) Patrick Spano, Westminster (Yale)
29) Jared Coreau, Northern Michigan
31) Colin Stevens, Boston/EJHL (Union)

Limited Viewing:
Chris Eiserman, Valley/EJHL (Massachusetts-Lowell)


  1. Seth Ambroz could likely be the best of the lot. Kid’s only 17 but already a beast — 6-3 / 200+ and plays an aggressive style. Put the WCHA on notice.

    • This is not meant to put down Minnesota or Seth, but if he’s that good, the WCHA won’t have to be on notice for long. He’ll be a one and done, like so many of the good players that go there, it’s unfortunate.

      • no, you’re right. wish i could disagree, but… that’s the new reality. college hockey needs to figure out how to deal with all the early defections. i would be surprised to see him in maroon and gold as a sophomore, and shocked to see him there as a junior.

        • The USHL and NAHL have raided the high school programs to serve as preps for the college game. Too bad for the colleges when the pros do it to them.

    • I hear he is as good as Dave Spehar was….and also, Jeff Dubay is calling for Lucia’s head and Joel Maturi is listening big time….just like they did to the Wooger.

      The beloved gopher appears to be going down in flames……awww. It’s the Mazzocco curse and gopher nation will reap what you have sown until Mazzocco is restored.

      Mazzocco Mazzocco Mazzocco


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