Fourteen (14) current North American Hockey League players and two (2) alumni were recognized by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau on its final rankings of 2008 draft-eligibles released today.
The highest-rated player is former U.S. National Team Development Program forward Colin Wilson, who recently completed his freshman season at Boston University. He is listed at No. 10 among North American skaters.
All the current NAHL players ranked are members of the U.S. Under-18 Team: forward Danny Kristo (No. 37 among North American skaters); defenseman David Warsofsky (No. 81); forward Robbie Czarnik (No. 88); forward Justin Florek (No. 113); forward Vinnie Saponari (No. 135); forward David Wohlberg (No. 172); defenseman Ryan Hegarty (No. 186); defenseman Sam Lofquist (No. 191); defenseman Sean Lorenz (No. 203); defenseman Ryan Grimshaw (No. 205); and defenseman Nick Pryor (No. 208).
Under-18 Team goaltender Joe Cannata is ranked No. 13 among North American goaltenders.
Former National Team Development Program member Jimmy Hayes is listed at No. 63 among North American skaters.
The 2008 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 21-22 in Ottawa.
Eighteen (18) NAHL players were selected in the 2007 draft.
The oldest and largest junior league in the United States, the North American Hockey League, a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 18 teams from across the country, including the esteemed USA Hockey National Team Development Program, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.