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20 Minnesotans named as Players to Watch for 2019 NHL Draft

By Let's Play Hockey, 10/02/18, 10:00AM CDT

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NHL Central Scouting list includes eight who will play high school hockey this season


Duluth East senior forward Ryder Donovan. Photo: Christine Wisch

Nineteen Minnesota natives have been named as NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

The list includes eight players who are expected top play high school hockey in Minnesota during the 2018-19 season, eight in the USHL (including one with the U.S. National Team Development Program), and one each in the Big Ten, NAHL, WHL and Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Duluth East center Ryder Donovan and Cedar Rapids (USHL) defenseman Will Francis (Shoreview) are projected to be second/third round selections at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on June 21-22 in Vancouver.

RATING PLAYER POSITION 2018-19 TEAM LEAGUE HOMETOWN COLLEGE
B Ryder Donovan C Duluth East HS MSHSL Duluth North Dakota
B Will Francis D Cedar Rapids USHL Shoreview Minnesota Duluth
C Kaden Bohlsen C Des Moines USHL Willmar Minnesota
C Bobby Brink RW Minnetonka HS MSHSL Excelsior Denver
C Ben Brinkman D Minnesota B1G Edina Minnesota
C Rob Christy LW St. Thomas Academy MSHSL St. Paul Colorado College
C Joey Foss D Odessa NAHL Elk River
C Ethan Frisch D Green Bay USHL Moorhead North Dakota
C Clay Hanus D Portland WHL Minnetonka
C Drew Helleson D U.S. Under-18 Team USHL Farmington Boston College
C Aaron Huglen C Roseau HS MSHSL Roseau Minnesota
C Trevor Janicke C Central Illinois USHL Maple Grove Notre Dame
C Jackson Jutting C Prior Lake HS MSHSL Prior Lake Colorado College
C Keegan Karki G Muskegon USHL St. Cloud
C Mike Koster D Chaska HS MSHSL Chaska Minnesota
C Jackson LaCombe D Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep Chaska Minnesota
C Brady Meyer C Des Moines USHL North Branch Minnesota Duluth
C Garrett Pinoniemi C Holy Family Catholic HS MSHSL Delano Minnesota
C Rhett Pitlick LW Chaska HS MSHSL Chaska Minnesota
C Grant Silianoff RW Cedar Rapids USHL Edina Notre Dame

Players have been identified using the following criteria:
• A Rating -- Indicates a 1st round candidate
• B Rating -- Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
• C Rating -- Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

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