NHL Central Scouting released their midterm rankings this morning. There are 19 Minnesotans ranked but the omission of Taylor Cammarata sticks out like a sore thumb. His talent overshadows his stature and not to include him on this list is shocking.
Of the 19 listed, five are ‘overagers’, meaning they were eligible for last year’s draft (Lindgren, Besse, Johnson, Vesel, & Montgomery). Connor Hurley is the top Minnesotan, ranked at 32. An impressive 13 Minnesota high school prospects are ranked.
As I have said before, this is just one list and each of the 30 NHL teams has their own, so these rankings are no more than a conversation piece.
32 HURLEY, CONNOR, EDINA HS
42 FASCHING, HUDSON, USA U-18
72 HEINRICH, BLAKE, SIOUX CITY
75 KIVIHALME, TEEMU, BURNSVILLE HS
77 VANNELLI, THOMAS, MINNETONKA HS
86 PETERSON, AVERY, GRAND RAPIDS HS
114 GUENTZEL, JAKE, SIOUX CITY
115 GLIENKE, ZACH, EAGAN HS
119 RENO, PARKER, EDINA HIGH HS
124 BESSE, GRANT, BENILDE-ST.MARGARET’S HS
135 JOHNSON, ADAM, HIBBING HS
143 JACKSON, JACOB, TARTAN HS
164 LEWIS, CLINT, USA U-18
168 FORNEY, CHRISTOPHER, THIEF RIVER FALLS HS
173 RASKOB, WILLIE, SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS PREP
174 PIONK, NEAL, HERMANTOWN HS
200 VESEL, TYLER, SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS PREP
210 MONTGOMERY, JACOB, SIOUX CITY
23 LINDGREN, CHARLIE, SIOUX FALLS