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Twenty-Four Players with NTDP Ties Ranked by Central Scouting

01/16/2014, 5:15pm EST
By USA Hockey

On Monday, the NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings of top prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Of the 217 players ranked, 24 skaters have ties to USA Hockey's National Team Development program, including 14 current members of the U.S. National Under-18 Team and the top three ranked North American goaltenders.

Former NTDP netminder and current Boston College Eagle Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./2010-2012) sits atop the list, while Under-18 Team duo Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa./2011-2013) and Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif./2011-2013) rank second and third respectively.

Six current or former NTDP skaters are slated to be selected in the first round, including U18 forwards Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.), Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.), Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and defensemen Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) and Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.). Additionally, Connor Chatham (Belleville, Ill./2011-12) is also projected to be a first-round pick.

The United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league, is also well represented in the midterm scouting report. Forty-four players ranked have skated within the USHL in 2013-14, including four each from the Waterloo Black Hawks and Muskegon Lumberjacks, Team USA's opponents this weekend.

NHL CSS 2014 North American Skaters Midterm Rankings

Rank Player Current Team NTDP Season(s)
16 Sonny Milano Under-18 Team 2012-14
17 Dylan Larkin Under-18 Team 2012-14
21 Alex Tuch Under-18 Team 2012-14
27 Jack Glover Under-18 Team 2012-14
29 Jack Dougherty Under-18 Team 2013-14
30 Connor Chatham Plymouth 2011-12
32 Ryan Collins Under-18 Team 2012-14
33 Ryan MacInnis Kitchener 2012-13
39 Shane Eiserman Dubuque 2012-13
44 Johnathan MacLeod Under-18 Team 2012-14
79 Josh Wesley Plymouth 2012-13
81 Shane Gersich Under-18 Team 2013-14
86 Anders Bjork Under-18 Team 2012-14
88 Kevin Labanc Barrie 2011-13
95 Ryan Hitchcock Under-18 Team 2012-14
100 Jared Fiegl Under-18 Team 2012-14
111 Chris Wilkie Tri-City 2012-13
141 Joe Wegwerth Under-18 Team 2012-14
161 Scott Savage Boston College 2011-13
209 Evan Allen University of Michigan 2011-13

NHL CSS 2014 North American Goaltender Midterm Ranks

Rank Player Current Team NTDP Season(s)
1 Thatcher Demko Boston College 2012-13
2 Edwin Minney Under-18 Team 2012-14
3 Blake Weyrick Under-18 Team 2012-14
32 Hunter Miska Penticton 2011-13

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