Photo by Rena Laverty
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Seventeen members of the 2019-20 U.S. National Under-18 Team and four former NTDP players were named to the National Hockey League Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Defenseman Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Mont.) was the highest-rated NTDP player as he ended the rankings at number four overall for North American skaters. Sanderson moved up from his 11th-place ranking at the mid-term report.
The captain was joined by forwards Ty Smilanic (Denver, Colo.) and Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) as top-30 ranked North American skaters. Smilanic was ranked 24th while Bordeleau entered five spots behind at number 29.
The NTDP reeled off six skaters in a span of twelve spots beginning with Luke Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) at number 40 on the rankings. Tyler Kleven (Fargo, N.D.), Dylan Peterson (Roseville, Calif.), Brock Faber (Maple Grove, Minn.) and Brett Berard (East Greenwich, R.I.) were consecutively ranked from 42-45. Defenseman Eamon Powell (Marcellus, N.Y.) rounded out the run as the 51st ranked skater.
Both U18 goalies were listed as Drew Commesso (Norwell, Mass.) maintained his second-ranked position for all North American goalies. Noah Grannan (Germantown, Wis.) followed at 15th.
Defenseman Jacob Truscott (Port Huron, Mich.) finished as the 68th-ranked skater in North America. He was followed by forwards Landon Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.) at number 88 and Chase Yoder (Fairview, Texas) at 92.
Defenseman Daniel Laatsch (Altoona, Wis.) is ranked 157 while the team is rounded out by forwards Zakary Karpa (Newport Beach, Calif.) at 199 and Hunter McKown (San Jose, Calif.) at 206.
Four NTDP alumni found their names on the rankings beginning with Sean Farrell (Chicago Steel/NTDP 2017-19) at 62. He was followed by Ryder Rolston (Waterloo Black Hawks/NTDP 2017-19) at 102 and Danny Weight (Penticon Vees/NTDP 2017-19) at 142. Goaltender Cameron Rowe (Des Moines Buccaneers/NTDP 2017-19) was the 25th-ranked goalie on the list.
Current U18 forwards Matthew Beniers (Hingham, Mass.) and Hunter Strand (Anchorage, Alaska) are not age-eligible for this year's draft and will be eligible for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2020 NHL Draft was initially scheduled to take place on June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, but is currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.