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Select 70 Top Uncommitted College Hockey Prospects, May 2014

Here is our latest ranking of uncommitted college hockey prospects. This particular list is the conclusion of our time in the rink over the 2013-14 season, prior to summer hockey and the start of 2014-15 in August. It is also the last edition before we include the 1999s amongst the group once again. For a more in-depth primer on what goes into this ranking, see our February edition.

To reiterate one point: we do not factor in a player’s interest in the CHL route into this ranking at all. Some recent Major Junior signees that were slated to be ranked among this group include Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs, WHL), Kyle Rhodes (Guelph Storm, OHL) and Brandon Crawley (London Knights, OHL). To give an idea of how highly we regard them, Yamamoto and Rhodes would have been staples of our top 20. Similarly, Chicago Mission U16 defenseman Jake Toporowski is a sharp prospect on defense (1998) that would have been highly ranked by us but petitioned the WHL to be drafted last year so we assume he is locked into that route. We’re excited to follow their progress north of the border.

A few prospects were at one point slated to be in this ranking but made their college decisions prior to release over the past three months. They are:

98 D Sam Rossini (Minnesota), 98 F Dominick Mersch (Wisconsin), 98 F Willie Knierim (Miami), 96 D Jack McNeely (Nebraska-Omaha) and 96 F Austin Beaulieu (Alabama-Huntsville).

We’ve also scrapped our limited viewings section for this go-around — the player pool of skaters we’ve seen now is simply too large and that section would be as long, if not twice to three times as long as the actual list itself. When the concept of that section is “players we don’t yet (or currently) have a read for”, it becomes nearly impossible (and in some ways, arbitrary) to determine who does and doesn’t make that section. We’ll find a way to highlight those players in time, but we’ll catch many of them play again before long as well. Instead we’ve included a handful of omissions at the top of our rankings, which include some talents we are aware of but do not have recent reports on.

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Key Omissions: 97 F Auston Matthews (NTDP U18), 98 F Max Jones (Honeybaked U18 -> NTDP), 97 F Justin Szeto (NW Giants -> Langley Rivermen), 98 D Jamie Armstrong (Portsmouth Abbey -> AOF), 98 D Victor Mete (Toronto Jr. Canadiens), 98 F Tyson Jost (Okanagan Rockets -> Penticton Vees), 98 D Dante Fabbro (NW Giants -> Penticton Vees)

At the bottom of this ranking is a simplified list without annotations for quicker reading. You can see the list of players ranked in the past who have since chosen Division 1 or CHL homes at our graduates page.

1.    97 D Zach Werenski – NTDP U17 – 6’1 – 201

London Knights (OHL) 2nd round draft pick shines all over the sheet and has been our top uncommitted prospect since summer. Among Boston College recruit Noah Hanifin (NTDP U17) and Swedish phenom Oliver Kylington (Färjestad BK), who is already playing pro hockey, the 2015 group of top-end blue liners is an exciting group. Where Werenski falls among them is still up in the air, but should he head to the NCAA, one has to expect he’d be in a top pairing role as early as 2015.

2.    97 F Luke Kirwan – NTDP U17 – 6’1 – 232

The 2016 draft eligible has a huge frame and the heaviest, most lethal wrist shot around right now. Very hard on the puck and comfortable with a frame that defines “imposing”, Kirwan’s highly regarded by the OHL (Guelph). He gets up the ice straight-away with velocity and has hands not often seen in a skater of his figure. Very effective in the offensive zone because he brings a combination of assets rarely seen and an undeniable nose for the net.

3.    98 F Logan Brown – Indiana Jr. Ice U16 – 6’4.5 – 200

NTDP Camp Invite

The skater with the highest upside on our list, especially without Jakob Chychrun ranked, has to be Brown. Unless he gives a commitment soon, the son of NHLer Jeff Brown is earmarked to be our number one prospect soon and stay there for a while. He’s smart and skilled in the offensive third, making some really eye-opening plays right now and is an excellent skater for a prospect his size and age. With the Jr. Ice, he’s on pace for a big season offensively, at a goal-per-game pace and will be looked at to make offensive magic at every level.

4.     98 F Pat Khodorenko – Honeybaked U16 – 5’10 – 182

NTDP, 2014-15

Natural playmaker with rare skill and ability with the puck. A sharp shooter who wants to create high-quality chances but will bury when the opportunity presents itself. Sells his fakes well and makes high-percentage plays at top speed. His Honeybaked team was a great fit – one of the more elite, skill teams in the world – and allowed his gifts to shine. Bound for the NTDP, Khodorenko has had a few years of learning how to use his extremely talented teammates to their full potential and should thrive with an even high caliber of skill around him.

5.     98 F Nick Pastujov – Honeybaked U16 – 5’11 – 189

NTDP, 2014-15

Highly skilled forward from Honeybaked displays his skill in a myriad of forms. Pastujov is often in full control of the puck and can absolutely rifle a shot with a clean, quick release that makes him even more dangerous. Holds his ground in the tougher areas and plays with a lot of tenacity. Desires the puck and can impose his will on the game with power routes to the crease or simply by weaving his way around opponents. Younger brother Mike Pastujov (1999) is a high-end talent as well.

6.    98 D Chad Krys – NJ Rockets U19 – 5’11 – 165

NTDP, 2014-15

If Krys, a pre-eminent prospect for the QMJHL draft, chooses the college route, he’ll be a major coup. The son of former BU captain Mark Krys plays loose, dynamic, opportunistic hockey for the Rockets U19 team and is impactful on nearly every shift. At the U19 level, his anticipation and ability to dictate the tempo are at an elite level, as few skaters can orchestrate the play from the point like Krys can at any age – let alone at 15 years old. Has some Erik Karlsson in his ability to shrug opposing skaters off leading the rush and jump-start the offensive attack at will, but fellow CT-native Kevin Shattenkirk is a closer long-term projection. Scouts will look to see his game round out, especially defensively, though skating ability and sharp stick-work save him now, and he doesn’t lack for defensive awareness.

7.    97 D Ivan Provorov – Russia U18 National Team – 6’0 – 193

Has left Cedar Rapids for Russia

The former Wilkes-Barre Scranton U16 stand-out made the decision to jump up and play the best amateur competition available to him this season in the USHL, and he’s come out a much stronger player for it. He’s tough to play against, and he skates hard for his build, getting up the ice with pace. Brings an edge to his play off the puck, and highlight reel playmaking ability on it. In 51 games for WBS last season, Provorov tallied a 42-55-97 line in 51 games. With two of those old WBS teammates already committed to Penn State, Provorov too has talked to the Nittany Lions and would be a great pull for them, though other programs are in the mix too, and Major Junior will never be out of the conversation.

8.     98 F Kieffer Bellows – Edina High School – 5’11 – 195

NTDP Camp Invite

Continues to excel and improve. Bull of a forward with game-shattering scoring ability and a pro build, Bellows is built to dominate and does just that, as he’s tough to contain and has skill to spare at the high school level. WHL rights are owned by Portland.

9.    98 D Matt Hellickson – Rogers High School – 6’0 – 165

NTDP, 2014-15

Committed to Notre Dame, 6/1/2014

Very sound defenseman with excellent awareness on and off the puck. Makes smart decisions to distribute the puck and breaks up plays efficiently in his own end. An ideal fit for the NTDP where he can come into his frame and emerge as a defensive force with some offensive upside as well. Should be an all-situations defenseman in Division 1 if he does not go the WHL route – the Victoria Royals own his rights.

10. 98 D Callan Foote – Colorado Thunderbirds U16 – 6’1 – 170

The son of NHLer Adam Foote is weeks away from being a 1999 and that thought is scary. The tall, athletic defenseman was consistently one of the best skaters on either team as an underager at the Tier 1 U16 playoffs this month, whether it was using his quick feet and skating ability to get into position to pick apart plays defensively or moving the puck up to a breaking out forward. Reads the play as it develops extremely well and quickly glides into position to negate clear attempts and restart the offense. Isn’t an elite powerplay quarterback defenseman, but a two-way defender with upside in most facets of his game. WHL rights are owned by Kelowna, who selected him in the second round in last summer’s Bantam Draft.

11. 98 D Luke McInnis – Hingham High School – 5’10 – 165

NTDP Camp Invite

Remarkably polished skillset, skating ability and maturity for such a young defender, McInnis can zip seeing-eye passes through an entire team and makes decisive plays beyond his years.

12. 97 F Robby Jackson – Chicago Steel – 5’9 – 174

California-native’s hockey sense and offensive ability has seen him emerge as the USHL’s leading under-17 goalscorer, with 18 goals. WHL rights are owned by Tri-City.

13. 98 F Zach Walker – Colorado Thunderbirds U16 – 6’1 – 175

NTDP, 2014-15

Speed, speed, and more speed – draws explosive bursts from a powerful lower half, but just as impressive are some of the plays Walker can make at top speed. As he continues to come into his body and play to his gifted offensive traits, the Boise, Idaho native should emerge as a premier talent.

14. 97 F Walker Duehr – Chicago Young Americans U16 – 6’2 – 190

We caught Duehr at the mid-point of the season and noted the upside, but as he continued to add weight and improve in the offensive zone, he started to realize that potential. Big skater who is tough to contain, Duehr can play with a frenetic intensity that disrupts the flow of the opponents attack and can really rip it, too. Teammate James Sanchez (Michigan) has been a top power forward target for 2016 for a little while – but Duehr could be even better by then if he continues to improve at this pace.

15. 97 F Dennis Yan – NTDP U17 – 6’0 – 173

Opportunistic, athletic scorer has a pro upside and knack for getting the puck to the net, but shades of one-dimensional play can be concerning. Great shooter. Eligible for the CHL Import Draft this summer.

16. 98 F Ben Lown – SSM U16 – 5’6 – 150

Diminutive, compact skater defines dynamic. Uses bursts of speed to create separation and disarm defenders, constant motor and processes the game very quickly. Clinical around the net and pushes the pace of the game.

17. 98 F Josh Dunne – St. Louis Blues U16 – 6’1 – 150

NTDP Camp Invite

Has steadily emerged as another nice prospect from the Blues program. For a December-born 1998 standing at 6’1, Dunne has terrific body control and first-step speed. Looks to create time and space for his teammates and doesn’t fool around with the puck. Brother (and teammate) of 16-year-old women’s hockey phenom Jincy Dunne, who will be a very heavily pursued recruit in her own right.

18. 97 F David Brumm – Omaha U16 – 6’2 – 162

Brumm’s Omaha team is loaded, but over the course of the season he too has been coming into his own. Posted a 50-54-104 line in 82 games this season and still has a lot of weight to put on. His poise and ability to create offense are uncanny and refined, while a 6’2, lanky frame brings a high ceiling to his game. WHL rights are owned by Vancouver, USHL rights owned by Cedar Rapids. Heading to the MN Magicians of the NAHL for 2014-15.

19. 97 D Ryan Shea – Boston College High School – 5’11 – 150

Slick defenseman plays locally for a high concentration of NCAA teams and his ability to run the powerplay and bring the offense up ice attracts attention. Smooth skater can defend the rush with competence but very tough to contain streaking up ice and gift-wraps outlet passes from his own end. There’s a nice upside with Shea that should only become more evident as he adds polish to his overall game and succeeds at a higher level of hockey. Said to be returning to BC High.

20. 98 D Alec Mahalak – Compuware U16 – 5’8 – 155

Quick defenseman is a catalyst offensively, uses explosive skating ability and intuition to create dangerous opportunities in the final third. Can lead the rush and spark an offense.

21. 98 D James Greenway – SSM U16 – 6’3 – 188

To NTDP, 2014-15

Younger brother of BU recruit Jordan Greenway hasn’t turned the corner into a dominant force, but it’s easy to forget that he was only 15 this season. Drafted by the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) in the 5th round this spring, who also own his brother’s OHL rights.

22. 98 F Patrick Harper – NJ Rockets U19 – 5’6 – 140

Like Lown, scouts may shy away because of his size, but Harper is regularly the most effective forward on the ice for a team that includes Maine recruit AJ Drobot as well as skaters two to three years his senior. Sharp passing ability, the natural finisher is decisive around the offensive zone and loves to have the puck.

23. 98 F Cole Gallant – Honeybaked U16 – 5’10 – 170

Slick offensive forward is simultaneously smooth and aggressive, lashing out at skaters in possession of the puck and hungry to have it on his blade. Plays with a lot of skill and isn’t afraid to showcase his hands when the opportunity arises.

24. 97 F Luke Stevens – Noble and Greenough School – 6’3 – 180

Could be the next 1997 to really emerge as his draft year looms: Tall, athletic forward has inherent offensive upside, willing to pay the price to make a play and processes the game quickly. If he can add a killer instinct in the offensive zone and become a more consistent threat, Stevens could be an elite talent.

25. 96 D Jalen Chatfield – Belle Tire U18 – 6’0 – 175

Quick, decisive defenseman uses explosive skating ability to thrive in all facets of the game. Possesses a pro upside because of his skating, a frame to work with and how active he is with the puck on his stick. Attracts a lot of attention on the blue line. Tendered to expansion Madison Capitols of the USHL.

26. 97 F Colton Fletcher – Omaha AAA U18 – 6’1 – 180

The Wasilla, AK native is quick, smart and has good hockey sense to boot. Doesn’t force a thing and is just lethal on the transition.

27. 97 F Alec Mehr – The Gunnery – 5’11 – 187

A Californian product who went out East to play prep this year, Mehr’s game seems to be maturing for it. A fluid skater who loves the puck, possesses a great release and offensive instincts that could see him tally 15-20 goals per season in the NCAA one day. USHL rights owned by Bloomington, WHL by Everett.

28. 97 F Tage Thompson – PAL Jr. Islanders U16 – 6’1 – 170

Lanky, smart, high-end center naturally conduits the offense up the sheet. Strong face-off man with a feel for the puck who makes his teammates better. Headed to Salisbury School.

29. 98 D Anea Ferrario – Colorado Thunderbirds U16 – 6’1 – 189

Tall defender with a high ceiling, Ferrario plays an effective game. Takes care of the puck and makes plays with it, unafraid to jump up into the offensive assault. Strong picking apart plays in his own end. WHL rights owned by Tri-City.

30. 98 F Sam Huff – Maple Grove High School – 5’11 – 170

Skilled forward is unafraid to mix it up and play crash-bang on the boards when necessary. Helps to push the pace with his ability to make quick, creative decisions offensively and keep defenders guessing at an up-tempo.

31. 96 F John Peterson – Holy Family Catholic – 5’11 – 175

Confident skater accelerates to top speed very quickly and has a ton of skill on the puck. Makes plays at high speed and really thrives on the transition. Posted 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) in 25 games to lead his team in scoring this season.

32. 97 D Jalen Smereck – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U18 – 6’0 – 179

Athletic, all-situations defender is tough to play against, effective against older competition and sees the ice well.

33.  97 D Zak Galambos – San Jose Jr. Sharks U18 – 6’2 – 170

Big, smooth-skating defender slips around the offensive zone with purpose and gets back on defense, too. Can lead the rush and mans the point with confidence and scoring ability.

34. 97 F Jonah Bischoff – Grand Rapids High School – 5’10 – 190

On a team with some legit prospects (Avery Peterson – UNO, Mitch Mattson – UND), the younger brother of Gopher defenseman Jake Bischoff finished 2nd overall in team scoring with a 16-24-40 line in 26 games. A versatile forward who has really made the most out of his build, he’s a force on the ice at times with a nice wrister.

35.  97 F Alex Limoges – Selects Academy at SKS U16 – 6’1 – 185

Deceptively agile for his size, Limoges hockey sense and awareness make him an unignorable offensive threat. Intuitive on and around the puck with great short-passing, though his skating can improve.

36.  97 F Eugene Fadyeyev – Wilkes-Barre Scranton U16 – 5’11 – 170

Electric playmaker is a shrewd, possession-driving skater and has a great stick. Creates time and space and comes out of a lot of 1-on-1 battles with possession.

37. 97 F Mark Kaske – Benilde-St. Margaret’s – 5’9 – 164

Dynamic, elusive skater can bewilder opposing skaters coming off the wall with his quick feet and hands. Remarkably consistent.

38.  97 F Alex Overhardt – Colorado Thunderbirds U16 – 6’0 – 175

Agile, tall skater with quick hands creates a lot of offensive action. Portland own his WHL rights, Green Bay in the USHL.

39.  97 F Mike Gelatt – New Jersey Jr. Titans U16 – 6’0 – 160

Strong-skating forward is decisive on the puck and catches the eye often with his ability to slip around and contribute in the zone. Pushes the pace and drives possession.

40.  97 F Mike Graham  – Eden Prairie High School – 6’0.5 – 185

Minnesota’s Lake Conference (Edina, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, Minnetonka and Hopkins) continues to bring the heat. Graham has legit size – an assertive power forward whose confidence and effectiveness seems to have blossomed this season, protects the puck well and does a lot of little things to help the Eagles succeed. Should emerge as a big contributor next season – points aren’t everything, but he was the conference’s fourth leading scorer as a sophomore with a 16-18-34 line. That was ahead of Notre Dame’s Dylan Malmquist, Ohio State’s Tyler Nanne and Wisconsin’s Matt Freytag, not to mention prospects Kieffer Bellows and Max Zimmer.

41.  97 F Alec Broetzman – St. Thomas Academy – 6’1 – 185

Tough on the puck and a well-rounded, consistent threat who can rifle it. Projects well and wears down the opposition with skill and willingness to go to the hard areas.

42.  97 F Max Zimmer – Wayzata High School – 5’10 – 170

Emerged as the second-highest scoring sophomore in the Lake conference this season, leading his ranked fourth-in-state Trojans in scoring over the course of the regular season. Steadily becoming a more imposing, playmaking skater with puck skill. USHL rights owned by Sioux City.

43.  97 F Tanner Tweten – East Grand Forks High School – 6’2 – 198

Big, coordinated hybrid power forward with some skill and craftiness to boot. Doesn’t force plays and can cause fits on the forecheck. Works hard at both ends of the ice. USHL rights owned by Des Moines.

44. 96 F Elijah Barriga – Anaheim Jr. Ducks U18 – 5’11 – 190

Hard-working forward is an explosive skater and effective in the offensive zone, where he wears defenders down with his ability to process the game and make an impact.

45. 97 D Jared Mickelson – Omaha U16 – 5’10 – 170

We liked Mickelson at forward for St. Paul Academy in 12-13, but he moved back to defense with Omaha this season and by the end of the year we felt like he emerged as one of the most effective skaters on a very good team. Great wheels that allow him to streak up ice with the puck – acceleration is a forté, with an above-average top speed, giving Mickelson that escapability and quick steps to elude capture. Smart on the puck and forces players to make decisions when containing the rush. Posted 41 points (9 goals, 32 assists) in 81 games, with just 22 PIMs and +57 on the season.

46. 98 F Max Gerlach – Colorado Thunderbirds U16 – 5’8 – 150

Quick, intuitive forward is very skilled on the puck and effective on the transition, where he weaves through defenders, creating time and space for himself and teammates as they step over the blue line. Pushes the pace and protects the puck well.

47. 98 F Luke Cowan – Honeybaked U16 – 5’8 – 154

We only caught Honeybaked a handful of times this season, so this may be low, but Cowan’s star-studded team can monopolize much of the attention. Strong-skating forward plays an effective, productive offensive game and always seems to be in the mix.

48. 97 D Joseph Matthews – St. Louis Blues U16 – 5’8 – 160

Fast skater straight-away with a big time shot on the blue, Matthews is highly skilled, very mobile and competes, but lacks size. The Blues captain reminds us of an undersized Kris Versteeg at times, while at other times seems a lot like the Bruins’ Torey Krug. USHL rights owned by Cedar Rapids.

49. 97 D Jack Ahcan – Burnsville High School – 5’7 – 160

Undersized but highly effective defenseman has an elite hockey mind and a very polished, mature game. Showcased an ability to produce offensively, coming 3rd on the Blaze in scoring. USHL rights owned by Cedar Rapids.

50. 98 D Hank Sorensen – Wayzata High School – 6’0 – 170

NTDP Camp Invite

Tenacious and tough to play against defensively, which bodes well, though he’s still a little rough around the edges in his own end. Showcased some vision on the puck and quarterbacked a powerplay unit pretty well for a freshman. Possesses a high ceiling that he only appears to be scratching the surface of.

51. 98 D Alec Semandel – Chicago Mission U16  – 6’3 – 185

Massive defenseman bears down on offensive threats and neutralizes them with above average footspeed and decisive defensive-zone actions. Plays hard and doesn’t give up a chance easy. Does not bring much in the way of offense – this is a pure shut-down guy at the next level.

52. 97 D Mike Ufberg – Team Comcast U18 – 5’9 – 175

May be the best powerplay quarterback in the Tier 1′s U18 ranks, Ufberg was on our May listing and shines as a puck-moving, rush-leading defenseman with Team Comcast’s 18s. USHL rights owned by Green Bay.

53. 97 D Caleb Jones – NTDP U17 – 5’11 – 186

The younger brother of Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones is a mobile, smart skater who keeps a nice gap. Doesn’t wow you in any one way but should make for a nice top four defenseman in the NCAA. WHL rights owned by Portland.

54. 97 D Brad Budman – Anaheim Jr. Ducks U16 – 5’11 – 165

Crafty defenseman has excellent puck patience and loves to create offense, led his Jr. Ducks in NAPHL scoring and projects as a two-way top six defender with offensive upside at the D1 level.

55.  98 D Keegan Mantaro – Colorado Thunderbirds U16 – 5’9 – 160

Fluid puck-mover is a strong skater but economical in nature, glides through the sheet and reads the play well. Smart and measured for a late-1998.

56. 97 D Tye Ausmus – East Grand Forks High School – 5’7.25 – 150

Where similarly-sized Jack Ahcan unveiled an offensive side, Ausmus’ production went down this season, but he’s still effective defensively and uses his speed and athleticism to negate opportunities and be impactful over the full sheet. USHL rights owned by Lincoln.

57.  98 F Matt Gosiewski – Millbrook School – 6’3 – 200

Huge freshman is well-coordinated and a natural with the puck. Smooth skater is very competent with the puck and can be a force surging up ice. Processes the game quickly and is a smart passer. QMJHL draft eligible.

58.  98 F Collin Adams – Honeybaked U16 – 5’9 – 158

Similar boat as teammate Luke Cowan, another skater we love to watch but don’t have a terrific read on yet. He brings a lot to the table, an effective, hard-to-play-against forechecker with good feet and a nice top speed with offensive faculties.

59. 97 F Zach Sitarz – Andover High School – 6’0 – 195

A tough, athletic power forward with strong straight-away skating ability. Plays hard and doesn’t give up the puck without a fight. Could be a physical force at the Division 1 level with offensive production as well – tallied 50 points in 25 games as a sophomore, led team in goals (27).

60. 97 F Larry Jungwirth – SSM Prep – 5’8 – 150

Skilled forward has a nose for the net and has a knack for making big offensive plays. Jungwirth has been a big contributor on one of the nation’s top U18 teams.

61. 98 F Kevin Fellows – Prior Lake High School – 5’9 – 160

Just a month and a half from being born in 1999, the Prior Lake product is one of the fastest 1998-born skaters in the country: a sharp pivot who can pickpocket the puck and snap it off with a clean release that punishes at top speed. He’s fun to watch, and he’ll likely be getting watched for a long time. Only got better as the high school season went on – ended up leading his team in scoring as a freshman, though he picked up a lot of his points in games that weren’t big and vacated the scoresheet against most of their best competition.

62. 98 F Brett Crossley – SSM U16 – 6’0 – 160

Poised, playmaking forward seems to be scratching the surface of his potential, though he’s only gotten better in the past year. QMJHL draft eligible, ranked #26 overall by their central scouting.

63.  98 F Garrett Wait – Edina High School – 6’1 – 170

He comes through with production consistently and will stand his ground, taking a hit in stride to make a play. Great release and isn’t afraid to take it wide with speed, simply loves to have the puck on his blade and his short-to-medium passing through the neutral and offensive zone can hit a teammate in the perfect spot. Puck just seems to follow him everywhere – fourth-highest scoring sophomore in the Lake Conference.

64. 98 D Andrew Peeke – Selects Academy at SKS U16 – 6’2 – 178

NTDP Camp Invite

Big defenseman in his second year at South Kent has grown as a player over the season – makes some sharp reads, owns nice athleticism and solid footwork that could lead him to being a defensive force as he continues to improve.

65. 98 F Luke Paterson – Wayzata High School – 6’1 – 155

Still a ways away from the player he’s going to be, Paterson’s offensive instincts and athleticism are exciting traits. One-third of Wayzata’s talented sophomore line.

66. 98 F Vlad Dzhioshvili – Wilkes-Barre Scranton U16 – 5’10 – 165

A strong burst on his first step and an uncanny ability to get open and fire it home, the Dynamo (Moscow) product is a super elite talent in the final third and buried 34 goals in 26 AYHL games this season. The rest of his game needs a lot of rounding out, but based on the athletic tools and unteachable offensive skill, Dzhioshvili could be a legit NHL prospect come draft time – especially if he grows to the size of brother Maksim, a 6’5 skater for Little Caesars U18s.

67.  96 F Will Harrison – Cleveland Barons U18 – 6’0 – 185

Deceptively quick for his size, Harrison enters the zone with the puck and takes command of the offensive assault. Very effective hands complemented by a hockey mind that doesn’t force much of anything, should continue to produce offense as he moves up the levels.

68. 96 F Kale Kane – Salisbury School – 5’10 – 165

With the losses to graduation that Salisbury’s going to endure, we think Kane is going to be an excellent fit to pick up some of the slack – brings an offensive upside that doesn’t seem to have been fully unearthed yet, but his versatility and athleticism help to project him out best. Seems to thrive in big games, plays with a high compete and when he’s on, Kane makes some extremely sharp decisions with the puck offensively. Lays the body hard, and clean, too – may quietly be one of the most physical forces in prep hockey next season.

69. 96 F Kevin Dineen – SSM Prep – 5’11 – 155

Catches your eye on nearly every shift, makes other skaters force plays and always seems to take advantage of whatever is available to him. Just plugs away and makes good decisions. Has a high compete level that sets him apart from his peers. USHL rights are owned by Muskegon.

70. 95 F Sam Saliba – Sioux City Musketeers – 5’11 – 172

Late 1995-born forward is a versatile skater with scoring ability, sandpaper, skating and poise. Was called up to Sioux City the week after we caught him play with the Chicago Mission’s U18s.

Simplified Ranking

  1. 97 D Zach Werenski – NTDP U17
  2. 97 F Luke Kirwan – NTDP U17
  3. 98 F Logan Brown – Indiana Jr. Ice U16
  4. 98 F Pat Khodorenko – Honeybaked U16
  5. 98 F Nick Pastujov – Honeybaked U16
  6. 98 D Chad Krys – NJ Rockets U19
  7. 97 D Ivan Provorov – Russia U18 National Team
  8. 98 F Kieffer Bellows – Edina High School
  9. 98 D Matt Hellickson – Rogers High School
  10. 98 D Callan Foote – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
  11. 98 D Luke McInnis – Hingham High School
  12. 97 F Robby Jackson – Chicago Steel
  13. 98 F Zach Walker – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
  14. 97 F Walker Duehr – Chicago Young Americans U16
  15. 97 F Dennis Yan – NTDP U17
  16. 98 F Ben Lown – SSM U16
  17. 98 F Josh Dunne – St. Louis Blues U16
  18. 97 F David Brumm – Omaha U16 AAA
  19. 97 D Ryan Shea – BC High School
  20. 98 D Alec Mahalak – Compuware U16
  21. 98 D James Greenway – SSM U16
  22. 98 F Patrick Harper – NJ Rockets U19
  23. 98 F Cole Gallant – Honeybaked U16
  24. 97 F Luke Stevens – Nobles
  25. 96 D Jalen Chatfield – Belle Tire U18
  26. 97 F Colton Fletcher – Omaha U18 AAA
  27. 97 F Alec Mehr – The Gunnery
  28. 97 F Tage Thompson – PAL Jr. Islanders U16
  29. 98 D Anea Ferrario – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
  30. 98 F Sam Huff – Maple Grove High School
  31. 96 F John Peterson – Holy Family Catholic
  32. 97 D Jalen Smereck – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U18
  33. 97 D Zak Galambos – San Jose Jr. Sharks U18
  34. 97 F Jonah Bischoff – Grand Rapids High School
  35. 97 F Alex Limoges – Selects Academy at SKS U16
  36. 97 F Eugene Fadyeyev – Wilkes-Barre Scranton Jr. Knights U16
  37. 97 F Mark Kaske – Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
  38. 97 F Alex Overhardt – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
  39. 97 F Mike Gelatt – NJ Jr. TItans U16
  40. 97 F Michael Graham – Eden Prairie High School
  41. 97 F Alec Broetzman – St. Thomas Academy
  42. 97 F Max Zimmer – Wayzata High School
  43. 97 F Tanner Tweten – East Grand Forks High School
  44. 96 F Elijah Barriga – Anaheim Jr. Ducks U18
  45. 97 D Jared Mickelson – Omaha AAA U16
  46. 98 F Max Gerlach – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
  47. 98 F Luke Cowan – Honeybaked U16
  48. 97 D Joseph Matthews – St. Louis Blues U16
  49. 97 D Jack Ahcan – Burnsville High School
  50. 98 D Hank Sorensen – Wayzata High School
  51. 98 D Alec Semandel – Chicago Mission U16
  52. 97 D Mike Ufberg – Team Comcast U18
  53. 97 D Caleb Jones – NTDP U17
  54. 97 D Brad Budman – Anaheim Jr. Ducks U16
  55. 98 D Keegan Mantaro – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
  56. 97 D Tye Ausmus – East Grand Forks High School
  57. 98 F Matt Gosiewski – Millbrook School
  58. 98 F Collin Adams – Honeybaked U16
  59. 97 F Zach Sitarz – Andover High School
  60. 97 F Larry Jungwirth – SSM Prep
  61. 98 F Kevin Fellows – Prior Lake High School
  62. 98 F Brett Crossley – SSM U16
  63. 98 F Garrett Wait – Edina High School
  64. 98 D Andrew Peeke – Selects Academy at SKS U16 National
  65. 98 F Luke Paterson – Wayzata High School
  66. 98 F Vladislav Dzhioshvili – Wilkes-Barre Scranton U16
  67. 96 F William Harrison – Cleveland Barons U18
  68. 96 F Kale Kane – Salisbury School
  69. 96 F Kevin Dineen – SSM Prep
  70. 95 F Sam Saliba – Sioux City Musketeers

Thanks for reading. Our updated list of potential goaltender recruits will come in June, along with lots of other content — NHL draft month!