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23 Minnesotans in NHLCS final rankings

By Peter Odney , 04/16/24, 3:15PM CDT


Colin Ralph, Adam Kleber, Max Plante, and Javon Moore earn top-50 NHLCS status.

As expected, Celebrini tops North American rankings

Macklin Celebrini is considered the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall in this summer's NHL Draft.

The final NHL Central Scouting rankings have landed, and the top five include three players from the college hockey ranks and a pair from Canadian major junior hockey. 

Boston University star and newly minted Hobey Baker Award winner Macklin Celebrini is rated No. 1 by the scouting service, which should come as no surprise after posting 32 goals and 64 points as a 17-year-old and leading the Terriers to the Frozen Four. 

Michigan State defenseman Arytom Levshunov and Denver defender Zeev Buium round out the college hockey trio. Levshunov totaled 35 points in 38 games for the Spartans last season, and Buium racked up 39 assists and 50 points for the national champion pioneers. 

The Canadian major junior products in the top five include Cayden Lindstrom of the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers and Zayne Parekh of the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit.

Lindstrom is a 6-foot-4, 216-pound forward who scored 28 goals and added 20 assists in 36 games for the Tigers. Parekh is a swift-footed and creative playmaking defenseman who recorded an outstanding 35 goals and 103 points in 73 OHL games for the Spirit. 

Max Plante is ranked No. 43 among North American skaters for this year's NHL Draft according to NHL Central Scouting.

Including North American goaltenders, NHL Central Scouting lists 23 Minnesota natives among the top players on the continent. That set includes 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and three goaltenders. 

Leading the Minnesota pack is St. Cloud State commit Colin Ralph (No. 32), a Maple Grove native who's bounced around from the Omaha Hockey Club to CarShield AAA based in the St. Louis area to the Prep team at Shattuck-St. Mary's. This season, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound Ralph totaled 58 assists and 66 points for the 18U national champion Sabres.

Ralph is joined among the top Minnesota-born skaters by fellow Maple Grove native Will Zellers (No. 54), who racked up 54 goals and 111 points for Shattuck's Prep team. Zellers is verbally committed to North Dakota, where his father Kurt played football before launching a political career. 

Hermantown's Max Plante (No. 43) made the leap from high school hockey to the National Team Development Program and has played the last two seasons in Plymouth, Mich. Plante has 12 goals and 50 points in 43 games this season for the NTDP's U18 squad. 

A pair of Chaska-Chanhassen youth products polish off Minnesota's top-five skaters in defenseman Adam Kleber (No. 34) and forward Javon Moore (No. 47). Kleber left high school hockey after one season at Chaska and has played the last two years for Sioux Falls of the USHL. He's totaled five goals and 36 points in 121 USHL games.

Moore was named a Mr. Hockey finalist in 2024 after posting 26 goals and 53 points for Minnetonka High School. His junior rights are owned by the Stampede, and he is a verbal commit of the University of Minnesota. 
Both Plante and Kleber have verbally committed to Minnesota Duluth.

Two players with stints within Minnesota youth hockey but eventually moved on to other opportunities include Tanner Henricks and John Whipple.

Originally from California, Henricks is ranked No. 79 by NHLCS and played for the USHL's Lincoln Stars last season. Henricks skated in the Woodbury youth program before joining Shattuck-St. Mary's. Fellow defender John Whipple, a native of New Jersey,  played one season for the Minnetonka Bantam AA team before advancing to the NTDP U17s.

Minnesotan goaltenders listed by NHLCS include Caleb Heil (No. 23), AJ Reyelts (No. 28) and Kam Hendrickson (No. 32). Heil played with the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede this season after multiple years in the Sioux Falls Power youth organization. Reyelts played last season for Proctor High School, and Hendrickson helmed Chanhassen to a runner-up finish at this year's Class AA State Tournament.  

Javon Moore was a Mr. Hockey finalist this season after totaling 53 points for Minnetonka.

MN Skaters Listed in NHLCS final rankings

Will Skahan, NTDP18

Rank Player 2023-2024 Team Position
32 Colin Ralph Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep Defense
34 Adam Kleber Lincoln (USHL) Defense
43 Max Plante NTDP18 Forward
47 Javon Moore Minnetonka Forward
54 Will Zellers Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep Forward
56 Will Skahan NTDP18 Defense
59 Brodie Ziemer NTDP18 Forward
68 Hagen Burrows Minnetonka Forward
95 Jimmy Dodig Cretin-Derham Hall Defense
97 Jake Fisher Fargo (USHL) Forward
113 Austin Burnevik Madison (USHL) Forward
121 Nolan Roed White Bear Lake Forward
147 Brendan McMorrow NTDP18 Forward
148 Sam Laurila NTDP18 Defense
158 Jackson Smithknecht Rogers Forward
159 Carson Pilgrim Warroad Forward
165 John Stout Minnetonka Defense
173 Jake Sondreal Dubuque Defense
193 Luken Huff Wayzata Defense
196 Alex Lunski Minnetonka Forward

Jake Fisher, Fargo (USHL)

MN Goaltenders listed in NHLCS final rankings

AJ Reyelts, Proctor (shown here playing for MAP South during last fall's Upper Midwest High School Elite League)

Rank Player 2023-2024 Team
23 Caleb Heil Sioux Falls (USHL)
28 AJ Reyelts Proctor
32 Kam Hendrickson Chanhassen

Kam Hendrickson led Chanhassen to a runner-up finish at this year's Class AA State Tournament.

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