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A Record Five Firebirds on Central Scouting’s ‘Final Rankings’ for NHL Draft This Weekend

Ty Dellandrea is highest Flint Firebird recognized, listed at #25 among all North American skaters eligible for the NHL Draft

Flint, Mich. – NHL Central Scouting released their final rankings for the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft, which takes place June 22-23 in Dallas, Tex., and a record five Flint Firebirds were listed in the rankings report. With 31 teams in the NHL, Flint’s Ty Dellandrea was the highest Flint Firebird recognized, listed at #25 among all North American skaters eligible for the draft. Connor Roberts (#146), Hunter Holmes (#148) and Riley McCourt (#161) were also listed in the final rankings, while Dennis Busby was one of three players labeled LV for ‘limited viewing’ due to a season long injury this campaign.

“Having five Firebirds’ recognized by NHL Central Scouting is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “It’s a strong reflection of the Firebirds’ program and our commitment to player development.”

Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception three season ago in 2015, the club has had 13 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

Around the Ontario Hockey League, 61 OHL players have been listed in the final rankings.

The 61 players includes 56 skaters of the 217 ranked by NHL Central Scouting in North America while five of the 31 goaltenders ranked are also from the OHL.  In total, nearly 25% of all players ranked by NHL Central Scouting are currently competing in the OHL.

Eleven of the top 31 ranked North American prospects are from the OHL led by top-ranked skater Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts). Also included are fourth-ranked Evan Bouchard (London Knights), ninth-ranked Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), 10th-ranked Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals), 11th-ranked Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), 15th-ranked Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs), 16th-ranked Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads), 19th-ranked Liam Foudy (London Knights), 25th-ranked Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds), 26th-ranked Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit) and 29th-ranked Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s).

In goal, netminders in 11th-ranked Christian Propp (North Bay Battalion), 13th-ranked Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads) and 15th-ranked Jordan Kooy (London Knights).

The Ontario Hockey League’s 61 players ranked were part of a total of 143 CHL players included on the list. The Ottawa 67’s led OHL clubs with seven players ranked followed by the London Knights with six and the Flint Firebirds with five.

Each of the OHL’s 20 member teams had at least one player included in the rankings.

61 OHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released in January, while 42 players from the OHL were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft including five players selected in the first round.

 

OHL North American Skaters:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league, position

1 SVECHNIKOV ANDREI 26-Mar-00 BARRIE OHL RW
4 BOUCHARD EVAN 20-Oct-99 LONDON OHL D
9 HAYTON BARRETT 9-Jun-00 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
10 NOEL SERRON 8-Aug-00 OSHAWA OHL RW
11 SANDIN RASMUS 7-Mar-00 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
15 THOMAS AKIL 2-Jan-00 NIAGARA OHL C
16 MCLEOD RYAN 21-Sep-99 MISSISSAUGA OHL C
19 FOUDY LIAM 4-Feb-00 LONDON OHL C
25 DELLANDREA TY 21-Jul-00 FLINT OHL C
26 JENKINS BLADE 11-Aug-00 SAGINAW OHL LW
29 BAHL KEVIN 27-Jun-00 OTTAWA OHL D
34 CLARK KODY 13-Oct-99 OTTAWA OHL RW
37 DURZI SEAN 21-Oct-98 OWEN SOUND OHL D
45 MERKLEY RYAN 14-Aug-00 GUELPH OHL D
50 MCSHANE ALLAN 14-Feb-00 OSHAWA OHL C
52 CHISHOLM DECLAN 12-Jan-00 PETERBOROUGH OHL D
56 GROSS NICO 26-Jan-00 OSHAWA OHL D
57 VALLATI GIOVANNI 21-Feb-00 KITCHENER OHL D
62 HOELSCHER MITCHELL 27-Jan-00 OTTAWA OHL C
63 DOUGLAS CURTIS 6-Mar-00 WINDSOR OHL C
67 HILLIS CAMERON 24-Jun-00 GUELPH OHL C
68 DUDAS AIDAN 15-Jun-00 OWEN SOUND OHL C
72 REGULA ALEC 6-Aug-00 LONDON OHL D
78 ROBERTSON CARTER 15-Jan-00 OTTAWA OHL D
79 GOGOLEV PAVEL 19-Feb-00 PETERBOROUGH OHL RW
82 DER-ARGUCHINTSEV SEMYON 15-Sep-00 PETERBOROUGH OHL C
84 EVERETT CALEB 20-Jan-00 SAGINAW OHL D
85 RIPPON MERRICK 27-Apr-00 OTTAWA OHL D
89 NYMAN LINUS 11-Jul-99 KINGSTON OHL RW
97 GOLOD MAXIM 18-Aug-00 ERIE OHL LW
99 MOSKAL BILLY 22-Mar-00 LONDON OHL C
100 DAMIANI RILEY 20-Mar-00 KITCHENER OHL C
106 BITTEN SAMUEL 21-Mar-00 OTTAWA OHL C
109 DUNKLEY NATHAN 5-Mar-00 LONDON OHL C
111 KEANE JOEY 2-Jul-99 BARRIE OHL D
114 BRUDER ANDREW 16-Aug-00 NIAGARA OHL RW
116 ENNIS WILLIAM 31-May-00 OSHAWA OHL D
118 HOLLOWELL MAC 26-Sep-98 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
123 CORCORAN CONNOR 7-Aug-00 WINDSOR OHL D
124 STRUTHERS MATTHEW 26-Dec-99 NORTH BAY OHL C
134 TRUE OLIVER 4-May-00 OTTAWA OHL RW
139 STRATIS PETER 18-Jan-00 SUDBURY OHL D
142 BRAZEAU JUSTIN 2-Feb-98 NORTH BAY OHL RW
146 ROBERTS CONNOR 22-Feb-00 FLINT OHL C
147 SAIGEON BRANDON 14-Jun-98 HAMILTON OHL C
148 HOLMES HUNTER 25-Jan-00 FLINT OHL C
151 MICHNAC ALBERT 18-Oct-98 MISSISSAUGA OHL LW
158 LISKA ADAM 14-Oct-99 KITCHENER OHL C
161 MCCOURT RILEY 26-Jun-00 FLINT OHL D
167 LEUFVENIUS HUGO 26-Mar-99 SARNIA OHL LW
171 TUCKER TYLER 1-Mar-00 BARRIE OHL D
180 NURSE ISAAC 16-Mar-99 HAMILTON OHL RW
181 BURGHARDT LUKE 12-May-98 NORTH BAY OHL C
183 MACDOUGALL MATHEW 23-Jan-00 WINDSOR OHL LW
190 GIROUX DAMIEN 3-Mar-00 SAGINAW OHL C
201 MACPHERSON JUSTIN 23-Jun-00 NIAGARA OHL D

CHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league

11 PROPP CHRISTIAN 27-Mar-99 NORTH BAY OHL G
13 INGHAM JACOB 10-Jun-00 MISSISSAUGA OHL G
15 KOOY JORDAN 30-Apr-00 LONDON OHL G
28 POPOVICH ANTHONY 1-Aug-99 GUELPH OHL G
31 DONOFRIO NICK 19-Nov-99 HAMILTON OHL G

For more information on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings, please visit nhl.com.

Photo Credit: Rena Laverty, Amanda Ray and Danen Williams

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