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Two Firebirds Listed in NHL Central Scouting’s “Players to Watch” List

76 players from the Ontario Hockey League including Flint’s Samuel Duchesne & Fedor Gordeev were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2017 NHL Draft which takes place June 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois.

Will Bitten and Nick Caamano were the first Two Flint Firebirds to be selected in a NHL Draft this past June in Buffalo, N.Y.

Six OHL skaters received an ‘A rating’ indicating a first round candidate with a group that includes the Mississauga Steelheads duo of Owen Tippett and defenceman Nicolas Hague, Hamilton Bulldogs forwards Matthew Strome and MacKenzie Entwistle, Windsor Spitfires centreman Gabriel Vilardi and Erie Otters forward Ivan Lodnia.

23 skaters and three goaltenders received a ‘B rating’ which indicates second/third round candidates, while 38 skaters and six goaltenders received a ‘C rating’ which indicates fourth/fifth/sixth round NHL Draft candidates.

48 OHL players were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft including nine players chosen in the first round.

NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2017 NHL Draft:

A LODNIA IVAN ERIE 5′ 10.0″ 182 RW
A ENTWISTLE MACKENZIE HAMILTON 6′ 2.75″ 180 C
A STROME MATTHEW HAMILTON 6′ 3.5″ 206 LW
A HAGUE NICOLAS MISSISSAUGA 6′ 5.5″ 206 D
A TIPPETT OWEN MISSISSAUGA 6′ 1.5″ 202 RW
A VILARDI GABRIEL WINDSOR 6′ 3.0″ 201 C
B RATCLIFFE ISAAC GUELPH 6′ 5.5″ 196 LW
B SAMORUKOV DMITRI GUELPH 6′ 2.0″ 180 D
B SCHNARR NATE GUELPH 6′ 2.75″ 180 C
B FULCHER KADEN HAMILTON 6′ 3.75″ 183 G
B STUDENIC MARIAN HAMILTON 6′ 0.5″ 164 LW
B PAQUETTE JACOB KINGSTON 6′ 2.75″ 207 D
B RASANEN EEMELI KINGSTON 6′ 6.25″ 216 D
B ROBERTSON JASON KINGSTON 6′ 1.75″ 192 LW
B MEIRELES GREG KITCHENER 5′ 9.75″ 172 C
B FORMENTON ALEX LONDON 6′ 1.0″ 162 LW
B GOLDEN JACOB LONDON 5′ 11.0″ 163 D
B THOMAS ROBERT LONDON 5′ 11.5″ 185 C
B LYLE BRADY NORTH BAY 6′ 1.25″ 203 D
B KEYSER KYLE OSHAWA 6′ 1.75″ 182 G
B STUDNICKA JACK OSHAWA 6′ 1.0″ 171 C
B CHMELEVSKI ALEXANDER OTTAWA 5′ 11.25″ 191 C
B KEATING AUSTEN OTTAWA 5′ 11.5″ 170 C
B PHILLIPS MARKUS OWEN SOUND 5′ 11.75″ 202 D
B SUZUKI NICK OWEN SOUND 5′ 10.75″ 187 C
B SVOBODA MATYAS PETERBOROUGH 6′ 3.0″ 216 LW
B COSKEY COLE SAGINAW 6′ 0.5″ 189 LW
B PRONER ROBERT SAGINAW 6′ 2.25″ 211 D
B MCGREGOR RYAN SARNIA 5′ 11.75″ 157 C
B RUZICKA ADAM SARNIA 6′ 3.5″ 202 C
B FROST MORGAN SAULT STE. MARIE 5′ 10.75″ 170 LW
B DIPIETRO MICHAEL WINDSOR 6′ 0.0″ 196 G
C HEDBERG TOM BARRIE 5′ 11.0″ 162 D
C PODDUBNYI GERMAN ERIE 6′ 2.0″ 165 C
C DUCHESNE SAMUEL FLINT 6′ 1.5″ 167 D
C GORDEEV FEDOR FLINT 6′ 6.25″ 211 LW
C DEAKIN-POOT NICK GUELPH 6′ 4.25″ 210 C
C MICHNAC ALBERT GUELPH 5′ 10.75″ 176 LW
C POPOVICH ANTHONY GUELPH 6′ 1.0″ 176 G
C GLEASON BENJAMIN HAMILTON 6′ 0.75″ 180 D
C BRAHANEY JAKOB KINGSTON 6′ 1.25″ 183 D
C NYMAN LINUS KINGSTON 5′ 9.25″ 158 RW
C MCHUGH NICHOLAS KITCHENER 5′ 11.0″ 165 LW
C RICHARDSON LUKE KITCHENER 6′ 2.75″ 160 G
C ROBERTS ELIJAH KITCHENER 5′ 8.25″ 159 D
C SEITZ DYLAN KITCHENER 6′ 1.25″ 189 C
C BLACKER IAN LONDON 6′ 3.5″ 183 D
C CRAWLEY BRANDON LONDON 6′ 1.5″ 203 D
C DAVIS HAYDEN NIAGARA 6′ 2.25″ 193 D
C INCZE COLTON NIAGARA 6′ 1.25″ 205 G
C BALL JACOB NORTH BAY 6′ 3.25″ 201 RW
C BRAZEAU JUSTIN NORTH BAY 6′ 5.25″ 210 RW
C CHENIER BRADLEY NORTH BAY 5′ 11.25″ 187 LW
C THILANDER ADAM NORTH BAY 6′ 0.0″ 190 D
C VERTIY DANIIL NORTH BAY 6′ 0.0″ 204 LW
C COMMISSO DOMENIC OSHAWA 5′ 11.25″ 192 C
C KRASTENBERGS RENARS OSHAWA 5′ 11.0″ 171 LW
C MACLEAN KYLE OSHAWA 6′ 0.25″ 175 LW
C HOEFENMAYER NOEL OTTAWA 6′ 0.25″ 191 D
C RYMSHA DRAKE OTTAWA 5′ 11.75″ 187 C
C BOURQUE TRENTON OWEN SOUND 6′ 1.75″ 200 D
C GADJOVICH JONAH OWEN SOUND 6′ 2.0″ 209 LW
C SUSHKO MAKSIM OWEN SOUND 5′ 11.75″ 181 LW
C CLARKE CJ PETERBOROUGH 6′ 0.5″ 192 RW
C GALLANT ZACH PETERBOROUGH 6′ 2.0″ 188 C
C GRIMA NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH 5′ 11.75″ 195 D
C HILL BROCK SAGINAW 6′ 2.25″ 206 D
C MAKSIMOV KIRILL SAGINAW 6′ 2.25″ 192 LW
C HUGHES AIDAN SARNIA 6′ 3.0″ 235 G
C DEMEO ANTHONY SAULT STE. MARIE 6′ 0.0″ 185 D
C HOLLOWELL MAC SAULT STE. MARIE 5′ 9.0″ 170 D
C MAKINEN OTTO SAULT STE. MARIE 6′ 1.0″ 178 C
C RAAYMAKERS JOSEPH SAULT STE. MARIE 6′ 0.25″ 185 G
C TIMMINS CONOR SAULT STE. MARIE 6′ 1.25″ 185 D
C MCGRATH JAKE SUDBURY 6′ 0.75″ 158 G
C PURBOO COLE WINDSOR 6′ 2.75″ 215 RW
For more information including full ‘Players to Watch’ lists visit nhl.com.

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