Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Michigan NAHLers on NHL draft list

Thirteen North American Hockey League players were recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's "Players to Watch" list for 2010 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.

B-rated players from the NAHL include: Alpena IceDiggers defenseman Joel Benson, Marquette Rangers defenseman Carter Foguth, Traverse City North Stars forward Andrew Huff (pictured) and Wenatchee Wild forward Shawn Pauly and goaltender Mac Carruth.

C-rated players are: St. Louis Bandits forward Ryan Belonger and defenseman Michael Gunn (Livonia), Marquette forward Tanner Kero, defenseman Cody Donnay and goaltender Lukas Hafner, Wenatchee forwards Christian Hilbrich and Tyler Parker and Wichita Falls Wildcats defenseman Ian Young.

In addition, one player from the North American Prospects Hockey League was recognized: Milwaukee Jr. Admirals’ U18 defenseman Jose Delgadillo, who is a C-rated prospect.

NHL Central Scouting will release its midseason rankings of 2010 draft-eligibles in January, followed by its final rankings in April.

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