Firebirds’ Evan Vierling on NHL Draft Watch List

Flint, Mich. – Flint Firebirds’ forward Evan Vierling is among the 41 OHL players that have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft that takes place June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.

Since the Firebirds’ inception in 2015, seven Flint Firebirds that have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ List were then selected in the NHL Draft that year: Will Bitten and Nick Caamano (2015), Fedor Gordeev (2016), Dennis Busby and Ty Dellandrea (2017), Ethan Keppen and Vladislav Kolyachonok (2018).

Vierling, a native of Aurora, Ont., was selected by the Firebirds in the first-round (2nd overall) of the 2018 OHL Draft. Last season, he set a Firebirds’ record as a true-rookie recording 27 points in (6G, 21A) in 60 games for Flint in his first season in the OHL. Vierling recorded nine points in his last six games and was nominated as Flint’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ at the Firebirds’ end-of-season awards banquet.

“We would like to congratulate Evan and his family for receiving this recognition.” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “It is a credit to Evan’s hard work and dedication and we look forward to a prosperous year for him”

The NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List includes 25 OHL forwards, 14 defenseman and a pair of goaltenders.

An impressive total of eight OHL players were assigned an ‘A’ rating including reigning OHL Rookie of the Year and current scoring leader Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves, a pair of Windsor Spitfires teammates in forwards Will Cuylle and Jean-Luc Foudy, Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale, Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti, Sarnia Sting winger Jacob Perreault, Ottawa 67’s centre Marco Rossi and London Knights forward Antonio Stranges.

A total of six OHL players were assigned ‘B’ ratings including Erie Otters rookie netminder Aidan Campbell, Soo Greyhounds teammates Ryan O’Rourke and Jaromir Pytlik, North Bay Battalion forward Brandon Coe, Ottawa 67’s winger Jack Quinn, Oshawa Generals forward Oliver Suni and Sudbury Wolves rearguard Jack Thompson. An additional 26 OHL players were given ‘C’ ratings.

Eighteen of the OHL’s 20 member teams are represented on the list led by the London Knights, Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires with five players being assigned rankings followed by the Erie Otters with four.


2020 NHL Central Scouting October ‘Players to Watch’ – OHL


A Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves C
A Will Cuylle Windsor Spitfires LW
A Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters D
A Jean-Luc Foudy Windsor Spitfires C
A Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit C
A Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting RW
A Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s C
A Antonio Stranges London Knights LW
B Brandon Coe North Bay Battalion RW
B Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds D
B Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds C
B Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s RW
B Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals RW
B Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves D
C Andrei Bakanov Guelph Storm LW
C Cameron Butler Peterborough Petes RW
C Ethan Cardwell Saginaw Spirit RW
C Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
C Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
C Luke Evangelista London Knights RW
C Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts RW
C Hayden Fowler Erie Otters C
C Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters C
C Gerard Keane London Knights D
C Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
C Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds RW
C Kyle McDonald Windsor Spitfires RW
C Lleyton Moore Oshawa Generals D
C Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
C Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
C Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
C Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
C Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
C Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires D
C Donovan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers D
C Kirill Steklov London Knights D
C Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals C
C Evan Vierling Flint Firebirds C
C Avery Winslow London Knights D


B Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
C Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s G

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate



“We would like to congratulate Evan and his family for receiving this recognition.” “It is a credit to Evan’s hard work and dedication and we look forward to a prosperous year for him”

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