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Central Scouting announces final list

2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Nolan Patrick in the Top Prospects Game
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THe NHL’s Central Scouting group have announced their final prospects rankings ahead of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 23-24, 2017.

Forward Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man.), who skates for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, has been named the top draft-eligible skater for the 2017 NHL Draft as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings. Fellow forward Nico Hischier (Naters, Switzerland), a center for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, follows closely at No. 2.

Patrick averaged more than a point per game this season (20-26—46 in 33 GP) despite missing significant time due to injury. In 2015-16, he was named MVP of the WHL Playoffs after helping Brandon win its first championship in 20 years. From a hockey family, his father, Steve Patrick, played 250 games with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques from 1980-86, while his uncle, James Patrick, skated in 1,280 NHL games.

Hischier – who looks to become the highest-drafted Swiss player in NHL history (Nino Niederreiter: 5th overall by NYI in 2010) – led QMJHL rookies with 38-48—86 in 57 games this season and added 3-4—7 in six playoff contests. He was named the QMJHL Rookie of the Year and awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league’s Best Professional Prospect.

Joining Patrick and Hischier among the top five-ranked skaters from North America are a group of skilled forwards: No. 3 Casey Mittelstadt (Edina, Minn.), a center for Eden Prairie High School (HIGH-MN); No. 4 Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston, Ont.), a center for the Windsor Spitfires (OHL); and No. 5 Michael Rasmussen (Surrey, B.C.), a center for the Tri-City Americans (WHL).

Forwards Klim Kostin (Penza, Russia) of Dynamo Moscow and Elias Pettersson (Sundsvall, Sweden) of Timra maintain their ranks of first and second, respectively, among international skaters. Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) of Boston University (H-EAST) ranks as the top North American goaltender, while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Espoo, Finland) of HPK’s junior team (FINLAND-JR) tops international netminders. The final rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 140 skaters and 13 goaltenders internationally.

North American Skaters

Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
1 1 PATRICK, NOLAN 6' 2" 198 CENTER BRANDON WHL
2 2 HISCHIER, NICO 6' 1" 176 CENTER HALIFAX QMJHL
3 5 MITTELSTADT, CASEY 6' 1" 201 CENTER EDEN PRAIRIE HIGH-MN
4 3 VILARDI, GABRIEL 6' 3" 201 CENTER WINDSOR OHL
5 6 RASMUSSEN, MICHAEL 6' 6" 215 CENTER TRI-CITY WHL
6 8 GLASS, CODY 6' 2" 178 CENTER PORTLAND WHL
7 4 TIPPETT, OWEN 6' 0" 200 RIGHT WING MISSISSAUGA OHL
8 7 TOLVANEN, EELI 5' 10" 170 RIGHT WING SIOUX CITY USHL
9 10 MAKAR, CALE 5' 11" 180 DEFENSEMAN BROOKS AJHL
10 16 SUZUKI, NICK 5' 11" 183 CENTER OWEN SOUND OHL
11 9 VALIMAKI, JUUSO 6' 2" 204 DEFENSEMAN TRI-CITY WHL
12 12 FOOTE, CALLAN 6' 4" 212 DEFENSEMAN KELOWNA WHL
13 14 POEHLING, RYAN 6' 2" 183 CENTER ST. CLOUD STATE NCHC
14 34 ROBERTSON, JASON 6' 2" 192 LEFT WING KINGSTON OHL
15 20 RATCLIFFE, ISAAC 6' 6" 200 LEFT WING GUELPH OHL
16 13 BOWERS, SHANE 6' 1" 183 CENTER WATERLOO USHL
17 17 YAMAMOTO, KAILER 5' 8" 153 RIGHT WING SPOKANE WHL
18 26 TIMMINS, CONOR 6' 1" 185 DEFENSEMAN SAULT STE. MARIE OHL
19 22 JOKIHARJU, HENRI 6' 0" 180 DEFENSEMAN PORTLAND WHL
20 11 HAGUE, NICOLAS 6' 6" 215 DEFENSEMAN MISSISSAUGA OHL

European Skaters

Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
1 1 KOSTIN, KLIM 6' 3" 196 LEFT WING/CENTER DYNAMO MOSCOW RUSSIA
2 2 PETTERSSON, ELIAS 6' 2" 161 CENTER TIMRA SWEDEN-2
3 3 ANDERSSON, LIAS 5' 11" 198 CENTER HV 71 SWEDEN
4 6 HEISKANEN, MIRO 6' 0" 170 DEFENSEMAN HIFK FINLAND
5 5 NECAS, MARTIN 6' 0" 167 CENTER BRNO CZREP
6 7 LILJEGREN, TIMOTHY 6' 0" 191 DEFENSEMAN ROGLE SWEDEN
7 4 VESALAINEN, KRISTIAN 6' 3" 207 LEFT WING/RIGHT WING FROLUNDA SWEDEN
8 8 VAAKANAINEN, URHO 6' 0" 185 DEFENSEMAN JYP FINLAND
9 16 BRANNSTROM, ERIK 5' 10" 173 DEFENSEMAN HV 71 SWEDEN
10 11 BOQVIST, JESPER 6' 0" 179 CENTER BRYNAS SWEDEN
11 15 CHYTIL, FILIP 6' 0" 178 CENTER ZLIN CZREP
12 12 DAVIDSSON, MARCUS 6' 0" 191 CENTER DJURGARDEN SWEDEN
13 18 LIPANOV, ALEXEI 6' 0" 165 CENTER BALASHIKHA RUSSIA-2
14 9 SAFIN, OSTAP 6' 4" 191 RIGHT WING SPARTA JR. CZREP-JR.
15 10 WESTERLUND, FILIP 5' 11" 180 DEFENSEMAN FROLUNDA SWEDEN
16 39 TEXIER, ALEXANDRE 6' 0" 187 CENTER GRENOBLE FRANCE
17 13 IKONEN, JONI 5' 11" 172 CENTER FROLUNDA JR. SWEDEN-JR.
18 19 ELVENES, LUKAS 6' 0" 173 RIGHT WING/CENTER ROGLE JR. SWEDEN-JR.
19 14 RONDBJERG, JONAS 6' 2" 187 RIGHT WING VAXJO JR. SWEDEN-JR.
20 17 SALO, ROBIN 6' 1" 187 DEFENSEMAN SPORT FINLAND

North American Goalies

Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
1 3 OETTINGER, JAKE 6' 4" 212 GOALIE BOSTON UNIVERSITY H-EAST
2 1 PETRUZZELLI, KEITH 6' 5" 180 GOALIE MUSKEGON USHL
3 2 SCOTT, IAN 6' 3" 172 GOALIE PRINCE ALBERT WHL
4 7 DIPIETRO, MICHAEL 6' 0" 200 GOALIE WINDSOR OHL
5 9 SKINNER, STUART 6' 3" 205 GOALIE LETHBRIDGE WHL
6 6 RASMUSSEN, DAYTON 6' 2" 203 GOALIE CHICAGO USHL
7 4 PRIMEAU, CAYDEN 6' 3" 181 GOALIE LINCOLN USHL
8 17 FERGUSON, DYLAN 6' 1" 189 GOALIE KAMLOOPS WHL
9 5 ZHUKOV, MAKSIM 6' 2" 187 GOALIE GREEN BAY USHL
10 16 BARIBEAU, DERECK 6' 5" 191 GOALIE QUEBEC QMJHL

European Goalies

Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
Final Midterm Name Height Weight Position Team League
1 1 LUUKKONEN, UKKO-PEKKA 6' 4" 196 GOALIE HPK JR. FINLAND-JR.
2 2 ERIKSSON EK, OLLE 6' 2" 183 GOALIE FARJESTAD JR. SWEDEN-JR.
3 AHMAN, ADAM 6' 0" 163 GOALIE HV 71 JR. SWEDEN-JR.
4 6 PATERA, JIRI 6' 2" 209 GOALIE C. BUDEJOVICE JR. CZREP-JR.
5 USTIMENKO, KIRILL 6' 3" 187 GOALIE DYNAMO ST. PETERSBURG 2 RUSSIA-JR.
6 9 LEHTINEN, LASSI 5' 11" 169 GOALIE LUKKO JR. FINLAND-JR.
7 4 SAMOILOV, ALEXANDER 6' 2" 178 GOALIE CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR.
8 5 SODERBLOM, ARVID 6' 2" 177 GOALIE FROLUNDA JR. SWEDEN-JR.
9 7 MAKINIEMI, EETU 6' 2" 176 GOALIE JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR.
10 3 TARASOV, DANIIL 6' 3" 174 GOALIE UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR.