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All 19 Draft-Eligible Players Ranked in Central Scouting Midseason Report

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 01/12/24, 12:00PM EST


2024 NHL Draft to take place this June in Las Vegas

Photo by Rena Laverty

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - All 19 draft-eligible members of the 2023-24 U.S. National Under-18 Team and a trio of NTDP alums were named to the National Hockey League Central Scouting's Midseason rankings ahead of the 2024 NHL Entry Draft. The draft is set to take place June 28-29 at Sphere in Las Vegas. 

The NTDP had a trio of players ranked in the top-32 North American skaters, indicating a possible first-round selection in the upcoming draft. Alum and current University of Denver defenseman Zeev Buium (San Diego, Calif.) topped the rankings at number four overall. Cole Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.), the third overall leading goal scorer in the history of the NTDP, was the first current player ranked at number eight overall. Center Kamil Bednarik (Chicago, Ill.) rounded out the NTDP representation up top, coming in at 22nd overall. 

A half-dozen players were ranked as possible second-round selections, beginning with defenseman EJ Emery (Compton, Calif.) at 39th overall. He was followed by forwards Brodie Ziemer (Hutchinson, Minn.) at 42 and Max Plante (Hermantown, Minn.), ranked 53rd. Team USA ended the round with a run of three players in five spots: Cole Hutson (Chicago, Ill.) came in at 57th overall with Will Skahan (Woodbury, Minn.) one spot behind him, while Christian Humphreys (Pittsburgh, Pa.) rounded out the Round 2 prospects at 61st overall.

The third-round rankings saw another five NTDP players ranked. Leading the way was Teddy Stiga (Sudbury, Mass.) at 72 and Austin Baker (White Lake, Mich.) behind him at 78. The current USHL-leading point-getter and NTDP alum Austin Burnevik (Blaine, Minn.) was ranked 80th overall, followed closely by Lucas Van Vliet (Livonia, Mich.) at 85 and Kristian Epperson (Mequon, Wis.) at 88.

Also seeing their names on the midseason list were defensemen Sam Laurila (Moorhead, Minn.) and John Whipple (Minnetonka, Minn.) at 102nd 106th, respectively. They were followed by alum and current Youngstown Phantoms forward Charlie Cerrato (Fallston, Md.) at 180, and current Notre Dame commit Charlie Pardue (Winnetka, Ill.), ranked at 186. 

Rounding out the NTDP skaters were Brendan McMorrow (Lakeville, Minn.) at 203 and blueliner Noah Lapointe (Hinsdale, Ill.) at 207.

Both NTDP netminders were ranked among the top eligible goalies; Nick Kempf (Chicago, Ill.) was the second-ranked goalie and Jack Parsons (Ithaca, N.Y.) followed closely behind at sixth. 

Current NTDP players Logan Hensler (Woodbury, Minn.), James Hagens (Hauppauge, N.Y.), Shane Vansaghi (St. Louis, Mo.) and Dakoda Rheaume-Mullen (Northville, Mich.) are not age-eligible for this year's draft and will be eligible for the 2025 NHL Draft after next season. 

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