Photo by Rena Laverty
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - 19 members of the 2021-22 U.S. National Under-18 Team and 12 former NTDP players were named to the National Hockey League Central Scouting's Mid-Season rankings ahead of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Photo by Rena Laverty
Forward Logan Cooley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was the highest-rated NTDP player as he climbed to the second overall ranking among North American skaters.
In addition to current members, Jack Hughes (Westwood, Mass./NTDP 2019-21) finished at number seven overall in the midst of his first season at Northeastern University.
Cutter Gauthier (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked back up, coming in at number six, while Jimmy Snuggerud (Chaska, Minn.) finished with the 8th overall spot and 12th overall was forward Isaac Howard (Hudson, Wis.).
Following the Wisconsin-native was Frank Nazar III (Mount Clemens, Mich.) at 17, while Rutger McGroarty (Lincoln, Neb.) followed on spot after at 18.
Following, three current NTDP defenseman were slotted, kicking off with Ryan Chesley (Mahtomedi, Minn.) at 22, while Lane Huston (North Barrington, Ill.) finished with the 31st overall spot. Seamus Casey (Fort Myers, Fla.) followed in at 32nd overall.
In addition, NTDP alums were taken, starting with Jackson Dorrington (North Redding, Mass./NTDP 2020-21) who found his way at 57th overall, followed by two Illinois-natives Brennan Ali (Glencoe, Ill./NTDP 2020-22) at 63 and Jack Devine (Glencoe, Ill./NTDP 2019-21) at 64.
Forward Devin Kaplan (Bridgewater, N.J.) finished with a 65th overall ranking, before Ryan Healey (Hull, Mass./NTDP 2020-21) was spotted at number 73.
Charlie Leddy (Fairfield, Conn.), current NTDP defenseman, found his way at 84th overall and was followed by Jake Livanavage (Gilbert, Ariz./NTDP 2020-21) at 90.
Forwards Marek Hejduk (Parker, Colo.) and Brady Berard (East Greenwich, R.I.) finished at 110 and 111, respectively , for a pair of NTDP rankings. Cole Knuble (East Grand Rapids, Mich./NTDP 2020-22) followed in at 118.
Another four skaters continued the list led by current forward Cole Spicer (Grand Forks, N.D.) at 122 and defenseman Kaden Muir (Manchester, N.H.) at 133. Gavin O'Connell (Wayzata, Minn./NTDP 2021-22) and Michael Callow (South Boston, Mass./NTDP 2020-22) finished at 143 and 162, respectively.
Rounding out the list of skaters, current defenseman Seamus Powell (Marcellus, N.Y.) came in at 166, while Cade Littler (East Wenatchee, Wash./NTDP 2020-21) followed in at 198 and Hunter Strand (Anchorage, Alaska/NTDP 2018-20) was spotted at 216.
Cruz Lucius (Grant, Minn.), who has skated in only eight games this season, was given a limited viewing ranking.
Between the crease, current U18 goaltenders Dylan Silverstein (Calabasas, Calif.) and Tyler Muszelik (Long Valley, N.J.) were ranked third and fifth overall, respectively. NTDP alum Kaidan Mbereko (Aspen, Colo./NTDP 2019-21) closed us out at number 19 overall.
Overall, 31 NTDP players and alums found their names on the NHL Central Scouting's Midterm rankings. The 2022 draft will be held on July 7-8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.