PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Twenty members of the 2020-21 U.S. National Under-18 Team and three former NTDP players were named to the National Hockey League Central Scouting's first rankings ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
All 20 age-eligible U18 skaters for the draft were rated on the opening list.
Four current NTDP players, including forwards Chaz Lucius (Grant, Minn.) and Sasha Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.), and defensemen Luke Hughes (Canton, Mich.) and Roman Schmidt (Midland, Mich.), were listed as A-rated skaters, which indicates a first-round candidate in the draft.
Forwards Tyler Boucher (Haddonfield, N.J.), Dylan Duke (Strongsville, Ohio) and Justin Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.), and defenseman Sean Behrens (Barrington, Ill.) were tabbed as B-rated skaters, indicating a second or third round selection.
Twelve skaters were marked C-rated players, indicating a fourth, fifth or sixth round selection, including Caden Brown (St. Louis, Mo.), Ty Gallagher (Clarkston, Mich.), Andre Gasseau (Garden Grove, Calif.), Liam Gilmartin (Falls Church, Va.), Aidan Hreschuk (Long Beach, Calif.), Jacob Martin (Eagle River, Wis.), Kaidan Mbereko (Aspen, Colo.), Ty Murchison (Corona, Calif.), Red Savage (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ryan St. Louis (Riverside, Conn.), Ethan Straky (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Jeremy Wilmer (Rockville Centre, N.Y.).
In addition, three NTDP alumni were also named to the rankings. Former NTDP forward and current University of Michigan Wolverine Matthew Beniers (Hingham, Mass.) received an A-rating, while winger Hunter Strand (Anchorage, Alaska) earned a B-rating, and goaltender Noah Grannan (Germantown, Wis.) received a C-rating.
Current forwards Jack Devine (Glencoe, Ill.), Jack Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and goaltender Gibson Homer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) are not age-eligible for this year's draft and will be eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Photo by Daryl Marshke
The 2020 NHL Draft took place virtually on October 6-7 after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fifteen NTDP alums were selected in the draft, headlined by Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Mont.), who was drafted fifth overall by the Ottawa Senators.