NAHL players recognized on NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings
January 14, 2020
The NAHL is pleased to announce that the player recognition has continued latest National Hockey League’s (NHL) Central Scouting mid-term rankings for 2020 draft-eligible players in North America and Europe.
The NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings are for players eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The Midterm Rankings include players from all leagues and levels across North America and are listed with a numerical ranking based on NHL Central Scouting evaluations.
Six (6) players with NAHL ties are ranked on the NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings for 2020 draft-eligible players.
The record-breaking 351 NCAA commitments this past season and 1,400+ NCAA commitments and 30 NHL Draft picks in the last five years have coincided with an increased presence on the annual NHL Central Scouting players to watch list. To date, the NAHL currently has 164 NCAA commitments during the 2019-20 season.
60+ NHL scouts, including those from NHL Central Scouting, were on hand at the NAHL back in September scouting players at the NAHL Showcase and have continued that scouting during the regular season at NAHL arenas.
The next big event for NHL scouts to see the NAHL’s talent on display is the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on February 17-18, 2020.
2019-20 NAHL players on the list
Dylan Abbott, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Abbott, 18, is having a good second season in the NAHL. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Wasilla, Alaska, and Minnesota State commit has 20 points in 36 games this season from the blueline, which is currently good for Top 20 among NAHL defensemen.
Seamus Campbell, F, Springfield Jr. Blues (currently with the St. Louis Jr. Blues, NA3HL) – Campbell, 17, has played most of the season in the NA3HL with the St. Louis Jr. Blues, but made his NAHL debut back in early November, where he scored one goal in two games for Springfield. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of St. Louis, Missouri and NAPHL grad, has 21 points in 35 NA3HL games played this season.
Jakub Dobes, G, Topeka Pilots (currently with the Omaha Lancers, USHL) – Dobes, 18, played the first two months of the 2019-20 season with the Pilots. The 6’4/200 lbs. native of Vitkovice, Czech Republic, who committed to Ohio State while playing for the Pilots earlier this season, posted a 7-3-0 record in 10 appearances with a 1.59 goals against average, a .946 save percentage, and three shutouts.
Zach Michaelis, F, Minnesota Wilderness (currently with Elk River, Minnesota High School) – Michaelis, 17, played for the Wilderness through November and had a good start to his rookie season of junior hockey. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Elk River, Minnesota, and Nebraska-Omaha commit, recorded seven points in 14 games played for the Wilderness.
Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets – Riley, 17, has been a workhorse for the Jets during the 2019-20 season. The 6’4/195 lbs. native of Rochester, New York and Boston College recruit has posted a 9-15-1 record in 25 appearances this season, which includes a 3.29 goals against average and a .902 save percentage with one shutout.
NAHL players now in another league
Tim Lovell, D, Des Moines Bucs (Northeast Generals, 2018-19)
NHL Central Scouting will release its final rankings of 2020 draft-eligible players in April.
The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2020 NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Next year's Draft will be held over two days on June 26-27, 2020.