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USHL Players Past and Present Populate NHL Central Scouting Midseason Rankings

January 12, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) News Release

NHL Central Scouting (NHLCS) announced Wednesday its Updated Players to Watch List ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft. The annual list identifies players with numerical rankings broken down into North American Skaters, North American Goaltenders, International Skaters and International Goaltenders.

The USHL saw 70 of its players, past and present, featured on the NHLCS Midseason Rankings. In each of the last four NHL Drafts, the USHL has had 50-or-more of its players selected, including the first and second overall picks at the 2021 NHL Draft.

"As we get closer to the 2022 NHL Draft, it's great to see our players continually recognized for their talents," said USHL President and Commissioner Bill Robertson. "Our league, year-after-year, provides players with a great league to continue their development and prepare for the next level, including the NHL."

This season's Updated List features 13 players named as First Round North American Skater, including Logan Cooley (#2, Forward, USA Hockey National Team Development Program - NTDP, 2020-22), Matt Savoie (#3, Forward, Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2020-21), Cutter Gauthier (#6, Forward, NTDP, 2020-22), Jack Hughes (#7, Forward, NTDP, 2019-21), Jimmy Snuggerud (#8, Forward, NTDP, 2020-22), Isaac Howard (#12, Forward, NTDP, 2020-22), Adam Ingram (#14, Forward, Youngstown Phantoms, 2021-22), Frank Nazar (#17Forward, NTDP, 2020-22), Rutger McGroarty (#18, Forward, NTDP, 2020-22), Ryan Chesley (#22, Defenseman, NTDP, 2020-22), Sam Rinzel (#26, Defenseman, Waterloo Black Hawks, 2021-22), Lane Hutson (#31, Defenseman, NTDP, 2020-22) and Seamus Casey (#32, Defenseman, NTDP, 2020-22).


70 - Players with USHL Ties Listed

63 - Players Committed to NCAA Division I Rosters

58 - Players Named in North American Skater Rankings

57 - Players Currently on USHL Rosters

39 - Forwards Listed

29 - USA Hockey NTDP Players Listed

21 - Defensemen Listed

17 - USHL Teams Represented on Midseason Rankings

13 - Players on the Midseason Rankings That Were Unranked on the Preliminary List

10 - Players Named in North American Goaltender Rankings; Goaltenders Listed

7 - Muskegon Lumberjacks Players Listed

5 - Chicago Steel, Lincoln Stars, Sioux City Musketeers and Waterloo Black Hawks Players Listed

4 - Dubuque Fighting Saints, Green Bay Gamblers, Madison Capitols and Sioux Falls Stampede Players Listed

3 - Omaha Lancers Players Listed

2 - Players Named as Limited Viewing Ranking; Fargo Force, Tri-City Storm and Youngstown Phantoms Players Listed

1 - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Des Moines Buccaneers and Central Illinois Flying Aces Players Listed

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