Eleven (11) North American Hockey League players were recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's "Player to Watch" list for 2008 draft-eligibles released on Oct. 24.
The preliminary listing is comprised of players who have been identified by NHL Central Scouting using the following criteria: A Rating: A player who is predicted to be a potential first- or second-round draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft; B Rating: A player who is a potential selection in the third to fifth round; C Rating: A potential late-round selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
B-Rated players from the NAHL include: Traverse City forward Clinton Bourbonais; Marquette forward Kyle Jean; Texas forward Adam Mitchell; and Mahoning Valley defenseman Eric Ringel.
C-Rated players include: Alexandria forward Brandon Bahnemann; St. Louis forward Mike Merrifield; Springfield defenseman Klemen Sodrznik; Texas defenseman David Starr; Fargo-Moorhead defenseman Tyler Swanson; Texas defenseman Matt Tennyson; and Mahoning Valley goaltender Jordan Tibbett.
"In addition to our longstanding commitment to developing our players for the college ranks, we also take great pride in seeing our professional prospects recognized by the NHL," said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.
NHL Central Scouting will release its midseason rankings of 2008 draft-eligibles in January, followed by its final rankings in April.
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 21-22 in Ottawa.