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Firebirds’ Oksentyuk listed in Midterm Rankings for NHL Draft

Flint Firebirds’ forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk (pronounced Ev-Gen-E, Ahk-Sen-Tuuk) is one of an impressive 57 OHL players that have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft which takes place June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.

Oksentyuk is rated #79 among North American skaters eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft. He is currently in the midst of a franchise-record and league-leading 16-game point-streak, recording 28 points (12G, 16A) in that time. Oksentyuk, 18, was selected by Flint in the first-round (5th overall) of the 2019 CHL Import Draft this past June and is averaging 1.38 points-per-game (PTS/G), recording 47 points (20G, 27A) including a plus-six rating in 34 contests this season.

The Brest, Belarus native represented the Belarusian National-Under 20 Team at the IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I, Group A this Dec. 9 to Dec. 15. He tallied 7 points (1G, 6A) including a plus-four rating in five games.

The Firebirds have had two players selected in three of the past four NHL Drafts. Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception just four season ago in 2015, the club has now had 18 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), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis Blues) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

The total list includes 34 OHL forwards, 16 defensemen and seven goaltenders.

Four of the top five of the list’s North American skaters come out of the OHL including second and third ranked Canadian National Junior Team gold medalists Quinton Byfield (Sudbury W0lves) and Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters). Saginaw Spirit sophomore Cole Perfetti comes in as the fourth-ranked North American skater followed by Ottawa 67’s centerman Marco Rossi.

An additional seven OHL skaters are included inside the top 40 including Rossi’s Ottawa 67’s teammate Jack Quinn (9th), Sarnia Sting winger Jacob Perreault (17th), Windsor Spitfires teammates Jean-Luc Foudy (20th) and Will Cuylle (21st), Soo Greyhounds teammates Ryan O’Rourke (32nd) and Jaromir Pytlik (38th) as well as London Knights flank Antonio Stranges (39th).

Canadian World Junior gold medalist Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm is North America’s top-ranked goaltender, one of seven OHL netminders included on the list.

The rankings also include three recent OHL commits listed in the International section of the edition including ninth-ranked Hamilton Bulldogs forward Jan Mysak, 35th-ranked Kingston Frontenacs forward Martin Chromiak and fifth-ranked Soo Greyhounds netminder Nick Malik.

All 20 of the OHL’s member teams feature at least one player included on the list, with the Soo Greyhounds (7), Windsor Spitfires (6), Erie Otters (5) and Guelph Storm (5) leading the way.

A total of 17 OHL players included in the rankings will compete in Thursday’s 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ont, a game that can be seen coast-to-coast on Sportsnet and NHL Network.

2020 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings

^- indicates player that will compete in 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
^^-indicates injured player unable to compete in 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
*- indicates player recently committed to OHL included on NHL’s International Rankings

SKATERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
2 Quinton Byfield^ Sudbury Wolves C
3 Jamie Drysdale^ Erie Otters D
4 Cole Perfetti^ Saginaw Spirit C
5 Marco Rossi^ Ottawa 67’s C
9 Jack Quinn^ Ottawa 67’s RW
17 Jacob Perreault^ Sarnia Sting RW
20 Jean-Luc Foudy^ Windsor Spitfires C
21 Will Cuylle^ Windsor Spitfires LW
32 Ryan O’Rourke^ Soo Greyhounds D
38 Jaromir Pytlik^ Soo Greyhounds C
39 Antonio Stranges^ London Knights LW
41 Tyson Foerster^ Barrie Colts RW
45 Oliver Suni^^ Oshawa Generals RW
47 Brandon Coe^ North Bay Battalion RW
54 Tyler Tullio Oshawa Generals RW
55 Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
58 Luke Evangelista^ London Knights RW
59 Donovan Sebrango^ Kitchener Rangers D
66 Hayden Fowler Erie Otters LW
67 Jack Thompson^ Sudbury Wolves D
69 Kirill Steklov London Knights D
71 Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
72 Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
74 Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
76 Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
79 Evgeniy Oksentyuk Flint Firebirds LW
90 Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs RW
100 Cameron Butler Niagara IceDogs RW
104 Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW
105 Pavel Gogolev Guelph Storm LW
119 Ilya Solovyov Saginaw Spirit D
123 Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers RW
137 Robert Calisti Soo Greyhounds D
138 Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires D
140 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads D
155 Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
156 Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
173 Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds LW
184 Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
185 Luka Profaca Guelph Storm D
199 Anthony Tabak Barrie Colts C
200 Austen Swankler Erie Otters C
201 Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires D
202 Jake Uberti Niagara IceDogs C
203 Andrei Bakanov Guelph Storm LW
213 James Hardie Mississauga Steelheads LW
216 Kyle McDonald Windsor Spitfires RW
217 Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters RW
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9 Jan Mysak* Hamilton Bulldogs C
35 Martin Chromiak* Kingston Frontenacs RW

GOALTENDERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
1 Nico Daws^ Guelph Storm G
13 Owen Bennett Guelph Storm G
16 Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s G
21 Tye Austin Peterborough Petes G
28 Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
30 Zachary Paputsakis Oshawa Generals G
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5 Nick Malik* Soo Greyhounds G

For the complete list, visit nhl.com.

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