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Three Firebirds Listed in Rankings for 2019 NHL Draft in June

47 players from the Ontario Hockey League have been listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2019 NHL Draft which takes place June 21-22 in Vancouver, BC. Three Flint Firebirds are listed including goaltender Luke Cavallin, forward Ethan Keppen and defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok.

Kolyachonok has been assigned an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting which identifies a potential first round candidate, making him the first ever Flint Firebird to receive an ‘A’ rating. Cavallin and Keppen have been assigned a ‘C’ rating, indicating fourth/fifth/sixth round candidates.

In addition to the three Firebirds listed, Kyle Harris, Eric Uba and Jacob Winterton are three other first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Draft in June 2018.

Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception three season ago in 2015, the club has now had 15 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas) 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).

The 47 players is part of a greater Canadian Hockey League total of 128, which includes 48 players from the Western Hockey League and 33 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Two other OHL skaters were assigned an ‘A’ rating including forwards Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts.

A total of 14 OHL skaters and two goaltenders were included as ‘B’ rated prospects, while 25 skaters and three goaltenders were assigned a ‘C’ rating.

35 OHL players were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft including seven players chosen in the first round.

NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING NORTH AMERICAN ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ FOR NOVEMBER:

A KALIYEV ARTHUR HAMILTON RW
A KOLYACHONOK VLADISLAV FLINT D
A SUZUKI RYAN BARRIE C
B ANTROPOV DANIL OSHAWA LW
B CARROLL JOSEPH SAULT STE. MARIE C
B CLARKE GRAEME OTTAWA RW
B CONSTANTINOU WILLIAM NIAGARA D
B GUSKOV MATVEY LONDON C
B HARLEY THOMAS MISSISSAUGA D
B JONES HUNTER PETERBOROUGH G
B LEGUERRIER JACOB SAULT STE. MARIE D
B MCMICHAEL CONNOR LONDON C
B OKHOTYUK NIKITA OTTAWA D
B PIIROINEN KARI WINDSOR G
B REES JAMIESON SARNIA C
B ROBERTSON NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH LW
B STARIKOV LEV WINDSOR D
B TOMASINO PHILIP NIAGARA C
B WASHKURAK KEEAN MISSISSAUGA C
C ALLENSEN NATHAN BARRIE D
C BERTUZZI TAG GUELPH LW
C BIGNELL LUKE BARRIE C
C BREWER MITCHELL OSHAWA D
C CAJKA PETR ERIE C
C CAVALLIN LUKE FLINT G
C CERMAK ERIK PETERBOROUGH C
C DAWS NICOLAS GUELPH G
C DUNKLEY NATHAN LONDON C
C EGGENBERGER NANDO OSHAWA LW
C GUZDA MACK OWEN SOUND G
C KEPPEN ETHAN FLINT LW
C MACKAY COLE SAULT STE. MARIE RW
C MAIER DAVID NORTH BAY D
C MCLEAN CULLEN SAULT STE. MARIE C
C MOSKAL BILLY LONDON C
C MURRAY BLAKE SUDBURY C
C PERIC LUCAS OTTAWA D
C PORCO NICHOLAS SAGINAW LW
C PRIMEAU MASON GUELPH C
C RIPPON MERRICK OTTAWA D
C ROSS LIAM SUDBURY D
C SCHWINDT COLE MISSISSAUGA RW
C SPROULE EMMETT ERIE LW
C STEVENSON KEEGAN GUELPH LW
C STRUTHERS MATTHEW NORTH BAY C
C VUKOJEVIC MICHAEL KITCHENER D
C YORK JACK KITCHENER D
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