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24 Minnesotans on NHLCS 2023-2024 watch list

By Peter Odney , 10/25/23, 11:30AM CDT


Minnetonka leads Minnesota high school programs with four players deemed possible draft picks by NHL Central Scouting.

Hermantown native Max Plante is listed as a possible second or third-round selection in this year's NHLCS Players to Watch list.

NHL Central Scouting has published its initial Players to Watch list for the 2023-2024 season. 

This season, NHLCS has slotted players as “A,” “B,” “C,” or “W” prospects. An “A” rating indicates a potential first-round draft pick, while a “B” prospect could be taken in rounds two or three, and a “C” rated player could be selected in rounds four or five. The “W” rating, which appears to be new this year, marks a potential sixth or seventh-round draft pick. 

Minnesota’s representation among the rated players included zero “A” rated prospects and three “B” prospects. The players pegged as possible second or third-rounders included Hermantown native Max Plante, former Woodbury youth hockey and St. Thomas Academy defenseman Will Skahan, and Will Zellers, a Maple Grove native who skates for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep team. Plante and Skahan are in their second seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. 

11 Minnesotans were listed as “C” prospects and another 10 as “W” prospects. Of those 21, Minnetonka leads the Minnesota high school ranks with four players listed: Hagen Burrows, Alex Lunski, Javon Moore, and John Stout.

Carson Pilgrim (Warroad) and Louis Wehmann (Providence Academy) are the lone Class A players rated in this year’s first (of many) lists. 

The complete list of rated Minnesotans is below.

Minnetonka's Alex Lunski (right) is one of four Skippers listed by NHLCS.

NHLCS Rating Player 2023-2024 Listed Team
B Max Plante NTDP U18
B Will Skahan NTDP U18
B Will Zellers Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep
C Hagen Burrows Minnetonka
C Caleb Heil Sioux Falls (USHL)
C Adam Kleber Lincoln (USHL)
C Sam Laurila NTDP U18
C Alex Lunski Minnetonka
C Brendan McMorrow NTDP U18
C Javon Moore Minnetonka
C Carson Pilgrim Warroad
C Colin Ralph Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep
C Jackson Smithknecht Rogers
C John Stout Minnetonka
C Brodie Ziemer NTDP U18
W Austin Burnevik Madison (USHL)
W Jimmy Dodig Cretin-Derham Hall
W Carson Clark Wayzata
W Jake Fisher Fargo (USHL)
W Luken Huff Wayzata
W Keaton Orrey St. Cloud (NAHL)
W Nolan Roed Tri-City (USHL)
W Drew Roelofs Holy Family Catholic
W Noah Urness Cranbrook (BCHL)
W Louis Wehmann Providence Academy

White Bear Lake native Nolan Roed has four goals and seven points in 10 games for the USHL's Tri-City Storm this season.

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