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FIVE STARS, THREE AFFILIATES NAMED TO NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MIDTERM RANKINGS

January 24, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

Cotter, Gorniak, Krygier brothers, Lapointe among 50 USHL players on NHL Central Scouting list

LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln Stars forwards Paul Cotter, Jack Gorniak and Philippe Lapointe as well as defensemen Christian and Cole Krygier were named to the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings released yesterday.

Cotter, 18, is ranked 98th among North American skaters, which forecasts him as an 4th round selection. The Western Michigan University commit earned the best overall ranking during on-ice testing at the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game while also scoring a goal during the event. The Canton, Mich. product has tallied eight goals and four assists for 12 points with the Stars this season. He also appeared at the 2017 World Jr. A Challenge with Team USA and the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (AAPG).

Gorniak, 18, is ranked 56th, which slots him as a potential late 2nd round pick. The University of Wisconsin commit made his USHL debut with the Stars on Nov. 24, 2017 against the Chicago Steel and played two games with the Stars that weekend. The West Salem, Wisc. native played 21 games with Team Wisconsin this season, totalling 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points following a 75-point year with Team Wisconsin and West Salem High School in the 2016-17 season. He was selected 218th overall (14th Round) in the 2017 USHL Draft.

Christian Krygier, 17, is ranked 159th, which projects him to be drafted early in the 6th round. The University of Wisconsin commit also appeared in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as well as the 2017 World Jr. A Challenge and the AAPG. The Novi, Mich. native played in the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and has posted seven points through 70 games with the Stars in two seasons.

Cole Krygier, 17, is ranked 148th, which projects him to be a middle to late 5th round pick. The Novi, Mich. native totalled eight points through 30 games with the Stars this season, only missing one contest. The University of Wisconsin commit had one assist in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects games and played in the AAPG in September as well as the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in July.

Lapointe, 18, is ranked 201st, which projects him to be chosen in the 7th round of the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft. The Burr Ridge, Ill. product tallied two assists during the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and is up to three goals and eight assists for 11 points through 30 games with the Stars. The University of Michigan commit played with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) at the 2017 Five Nations Cup in November and appeared in the AAPG.

In addition, three Stars affiliate players earned places in the mid-term rankings. Boston College commit Jack McBain is ranked 29th, projecting him as a late first round pick. University of Denver commit Sean Comrie is ranked 105th, projecting him as a 4th round pick. Wyatt Schlaht, who was selected 59th overall in the 2016 USHL Draft, is ranked 151st, projecting him as a late 5th round pick.

The USHL saw 50 active players named to the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the second-straight season.

The Stars take on the Omaha Lancers on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:05 p.m. from Ralston Arena. The Stars return to the Ice Box on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:05 p.m. to host the Omaha Lancers on KFC Family Night. Season tickets for the 2017-2018 season are now available by calling 402-474-7827.

The Stars mobile app is also available in the iTunes and Google Play stores with "tap to buy" tickets, in-game push notifications and a rewards program that puts fans in the skates of a player.

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