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Eight players with NAHL ties on final NHL Central Scouting list

May 5, 2022

Minnesota Wilderness defenseman Aaron Pionk is one of eight players with NAHL ties on the final NHL Central Scouting list for the 2022 NHL Draft.

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that several players have been recognized on the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters and goalies for the 2022 NHL Draft.

The list this year includes eight players with NAHL ties, including four that played in the league during the 2021-22 season.

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Current NAHL players on the list

Luca Di Pasquo, G, Maryland Black Bears

Leo Gruba, D, St. Cloud Norsemen

Aaron Pionk, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Tristan Sarsland, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Former players on the list

Paxton Geisel, G, Dubuque Fighting Saints/USHL (St. Cloud Norsemen, 2020-21)

Luke Pavicich, G, UMass/Hockey East (Kenai River Brown Bears, 2020-21)

Zam Plante, F, Chicago Steel/USHL (Minnesota Wilderness, 2020-21)

Eric Pohlkamp, D, Cedar Rapids Roughriders/USHL (Minnesota Magicians, 2020-21)

The final rankings feature the top 224 skaters and 32 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 140 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally.

In its 47th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time scouts throughout North America.

The 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft is scheduled from July 7-8, 2022 and will be hosted by the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.

Over 40+ NHL scouts, including those from NHL Central Scouting, were on hand at both the NAHL Showcase back in September scouting players at the NAHL Showcase and also the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February.

So far this season, the NAHL has had 250 NCAA commitments, almost 90% of which are NCAA Division I commitments.

 
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