Seven players with NAHL ties on final NHL Central Scouting list
April 11, 2017
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that seven players were recognized on the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Central Scouting’s 2017 Final Rankings, which were released on April 11th on nhl.com by NHL Central Scouting.
The list included six players that played in the NAHL this season and one former player that is in another league, but played in the NAHL during last season (2015-16).
#131-Sam Huff, forward, Minot Minotauros
#158-Keaton Pehrson, defenseman, Austin Bruins
#159-Benton Maass, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
#188-Hunter Lellig, defenseman, Minnesota Magicians
#14-Tomas Vomacka, goalie, Corpus Christi IceRays
#31-Ivan Prosvetov, goalie, Minnesota Magicians
#183-Zach Solow, forward, Dubuque (USHL) (Janesville Jets, 2015-16)
The only other non-major junior league in the United States that had more players listed than the NAHL was the USHL. A total of 42 NHL scouts, including those from NHL Central Scouting, were on hand at the NAHL back in February scouting players at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
The next big event for NHL scouts to see the NAHL’s talent on display is the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship, which will be held in Duluth, Minnesota, from May 11-14.
Founded by hockey executive Jack Button in 1975, NHL Central Scouting Services is a department within the National Hockey League that ranks prospects for the NHL Entry Draft at specific times during the season. Players are ranked based on how well they will translate to the professional game in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Next year's Draft will be held over two days on June 23-24.
A total of 10 players have been selected right after playing in the NAHL in the past two NHL Drafts in 2015 and 2016.