Wednesday, October 22, 2008
NAHL's Michigan players on NHL draft list
Several North American Hockey League players were recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's "Players to Watch" list for 2009 draft-eligibles released on Oct. 20.
The preliminary listing is comprised of players who have been identified by NHL Central Scouting using the following criteria: A Rating: A must-see player who is predicted to be a potential first- or second-round draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft; B Rating: A player to note if a scout is in the area, a potential selection in the third-to-fifth round; C Rating: A player that Central Scouting is tracking, a potential late-round selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
C-Rated players with Michigan connections from the NAHL include Traverse City forward and Lake Superior State University recruit Kyle Jean and Alpena defenseman Alex Kuqali.
Twenty players from the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team were recognized, among them seven A Players: forwards Ryan Bourque, Chris Brown, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Palmieri and Drew Shore, defenseman William Wrenn and goaltender Brandon Maxwell.
B Players include forwards Jerry D’Amigo, John Henrion, Kevin Lynch, Chris McCarthy, Kenny Ryan and David Valek, defensemen Tyler Amburgey, John Ramage and Brendan Rempel and goaltender Adam Murray.
C Players listed from the NTDP are forward A.J. Treais and defensemen Sam Calabrese and Richie Crowley.
NHL Central Scouting will release its midseason rankings of 2009 draft-eligibles in January, followed by its final rankings in April.
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 20-21 in Montreal.