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NHLCS releases Preliminary Players to Watch List (2022)

By Tony Scott , 10/19/21, 1:30PM CDT

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THE INITIAL LIST FEATURES 21 AREA PLAYERS, INCLUDING TWO WITH AN A RATING, INDICATING THAT THEY COULD BE A FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK.


Ryan Chesley (Dellwood) will continue his hockey path with the University of Minnesota next fall.

21 AREA PLAYERS MAKE INITIAL LIST


Future UMD Bulldog Isaac Howard has two a's in his name for a reason. He was an A-rated prospect according to NHL Central Scouting.

NHL Central Scouting has released its initial Watch List of the 2021-2022 season, featuring 31 players that have an A rating, indicating that they are potential first-round draft picks. 

Out of those 31, two are from the area - Ryan Chesley (Dellwood) and Isaac Howard (Hudson). Chesley and Howard have mirrored one another in their career path, playing locally until they spent two years at Shattuck-St. Mary's followed by two seasons with the National Development Team. 

Collegiately, the University of Minnesota led the way with four verbal commits in the A and B rated skaters. Forwards Cruz Lucius and Jimmy Snuggerud and defenders Chesley and Sam Rinzel.

Northeastern and Michigan had three verbal commits in the A-B range, including Rochester's Tyler Haskins who is committed to the Wolverines. 

Four Minnesotans are rated as "B" prospects, who are projected as second and third-rounders. Lucius, Rinzel, Snuggerud and Minnesota Duluth commit Zam Plante.

Of the 15 remaining C-rated players listed today, eight will play their winter hockey at the Minnesota high school level. 


2020 YHH Bantam Player of the Year Zam Plante was rated a "B" prospect Tuesday by NHL Central Scouting.

Grade First Name Last Name Hometown Current Team College Commitment
A Ryan Chesley Dellwood NTDP - 18U Minnesota
A Isaac Howard Hudson (WI) NTDP - 18U Minnesota Duluth
B Cruz Lucius Grant NTDP - 18U Minnesota
B Zam Plante Hermantown Hermantown HS Minnesota Duluth
B Sam Rinzel Chaska Chaska HS Minnesota
B Jimmy Snuggerud Chaska NTDP - 18U Minnesota
C Trey Ausmus East Grand Forks Madison Capitols (USHL) North Dakota
C Alex Bump Prior Lake Prior Lake HS Vermont
C Maddox Fleming Rochester NTDP - 18U Notre Dame
C Leo Gruba Stillwater Hill-Murray Uncommitted
C Barrett Hall Apple Valley Gentry Academy Uncommitted
C Jack Harvey Stacy Chicago Steel (USHL) Boston University
C Tyler Haskins Rochester Madison Capitols (USHL) Michigan
C Weston Knox Andover Andover HS Uncommitted
C Finn Loftus Blaine Blaine HS Uncommitted
C Gavin O'Connell Plymouth Wayzata HS Uncommitted
C Nick Pierre Cottage Grove Sioux City Muskateers (USHL) Wisconsin
C Aaron Pionk Hermantown MN Wilderness (NAHL) Uncommitted
C Eric Pohlkamp Brainerd Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) Uncommitted
C Tristan Sarsland Plymouth Benilde-St. Margaret's Colorado College
C Cole Spicer Grand Forks (ND) NTDP - 18U North Dakota
C Wyatt Wurst Edina Edina HS Uncommitted

Tristan Sarsland, BSM

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