Jacob Truscott, Antonio Stranges and Kristof Papp are just some of the Michigan names featured on NHL Central Scouting's first 'Players to Watch' list for the 2020 NHL Draft. (Photos by Michael Caples/MiHockey)

NHL’s Players to Watch list for 2020 Draft announced


By @MichaelCaples –

The season may just be getting underway, but the scouts are already hard at work.

Check out the NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft. The players identified by Central Scouting have been put into three categories – ‘A’ skaters for potential first-round picks, ‘B’ skaters for potential second- or third-round picks and ‘C’ skaters for potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round picks.


A Skaters

Cole Perfetti – Saginaw Spirit

Jake Sanderson – NTDP

Ty Smilanic – NTDP – Little Caesars/Belle Tire alum

Antonio Stranges – London Knights – Plymouth native


B Skaters

Thomas Bordeleau – NTDP – Michigan commit

Brock Faber – NTDP

Danil Gushchin – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Tyler Kleven – NTDP

Mitchell Miller – Tri-City Storm – Compuware/HoneyBaked alum

Dylan Peterson – NTDP

Eamon Powell – NTDP

Ryder Rolston – Waterloo Black Hawks – Birmingham native, NTDP alum

Luke Tuch – NTDP


C Skaters

Andrei Bakanov – Guelph Storm – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies alum

Carson Bantle – Madison Capitols – Michigan Tech commit

Jacob Bauer – Lincoln Stars – Milford native, Western Michigan commit

Ryan Beck – Dubuque Fighting Saints – Linden native

Brett Berard – NTDP

Brendan Brisson – Chicago Steel – Michigan commit

Ethan Cardwell – Saginaw Spirit

Drew Commesso – NTDP

Ethan Edwards – Spruce Grove Saints – Michigan commit

Mark Estapa – Tri-City Storm – St. Clair native

Sean Farrell – Chicago Steel – NTDP alum

Michael Gildon – Ohio State – NTDP alum

Noah Grannan – NTDP

Patrick Guzzo – Waterloo Black Hawks – Marysville native, Michigan commit

Dominic James – Lincoln Stars – Plymouth native

Zak Karpa – NTDP – HoneyBaked alum

Connor Kelley – NTDP

Hank Kempf – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Ryan Kirwan – Madison Capitols – Little Caesars alum

Daniel Laatsch – NTDP

Victor Mancini – Frolunda Jr. – Saginaw native

Hunter McKown – NTDP

Owen Michaels – Lincoln Stars – Novi native

Dylan Moulton – Green Bay Gamblers – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies alum, Miami commit

Kristof Papp – Madison Capitols – HoneyBaked/Belle Tire alum, Michigan State commit

Ben Schoen – Youngstown Phantoms – Little Caesars alum

Ryan Siedem – Harvard – NTDP alum

Landon Slaggert – NTDP

Ethan Szmagaj – Waterloo Black Hawks – Canton native, Michigan commit

Jacob Truscott – NTDP – Fort Gratiot native, Michigan commit

Evan Vierling – Flint Firebirds

Danny Weight – Penticton Bees – NTDP alum

Jack Williams – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Chase Yoder – NTDP


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