Tuesday, August 26, 2008

American 2009 Draft List

Here is my draft list of Americans for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. I'm just listing players that I've seen, so there may be a few east coasters(such as John Henrion) that aren't listed and I've also left the goalies off of this list to make things a little simpler.

As a bonus, I've also written a bit more on the top ten players listed.

Here's the list:

1. Jordan Schroeder
2. Jeremy Morin
3. Zach Budish
4. Danny Mattson
5. Drew Shore
6. Beau Schmitz
7. Seth Helgeson
8. Collin Bowman
9. William Wrenn
10. Nick Leddy
11. Ryan Walters
12. Tyler Amburgey
13. Kenny Ryan
14. Matthew White
15. Chris Brown
16. David Valek
17. Mac Bennett
18. Brian Dumoulin
19. Kyle Palmieri
20. Jeff Costello
21. Richie Crowley
22. Cody Murphy
23. Nate Schmidt
24. Paul Phillips
25. Josh Birkholz
26. John Ramage
27. Ryan Bourque
28. Ben Hughes
29. Kevin Lynch
30. Brad Walch
31. Patrick Wey
32. Ben Hanowski
33. Josh Bemis
34. Kyle Beattie
35. Brendan Rempel
36. Daniel Furlong
37. Tyler Lapic
38. Steven Whitney
39. Jay Camper
40. Joe Zarbo
41. Sam Calabrese
42. Anthony Hamburg
43. Tyler Brickler
44. Zach Golembiewski
45. Michael Montrose
46. Kevin Cole
47. Nick Jensen
48. Zach Marginsky
49. Sam Alfieri
50. Dan Delisle
51. Eric Johnson

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very Nice List.... Ryan Walters should be higher, but other than that it looks about right.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Goliembiewski #44 and no Krupp. The CHL really won that battle.

Anonymous said...

sorry, #44 went to USHL.

Anonymous said...

I talked to somebody who watched the Ivan Hlinka tournament, and he said Walters' weaknesses were exposed and exploited. Expect his stock to plummett. Nick Oliver was given an "A" rating by the CSB, rejected an offer to join the NTDP, and was on the first PP unit for the US team, so you might want to add him to the list somewhere. ;)

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the info from CSB?

Anonymous said...

"Nick Oliver was given an A rating by CSB" ??? Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that those rankings haven't even come out yet. I would be pretty surprised to see Oliver as an A player.

Anonymous said...

I think Walters is about right.

The guy above who discusses the Ivan Hlinka tournament must think that a player's ability can be thoroughly judged by a five day window of performance. Ridiculous.

I doubt Nick Oliver will be end up an "A" player once the scouts scrutinize him over the year. It isn't uncommon for a player in his draft year to start out with such a rating and then drop a lot once the scouts break down his game more closely. Other than size and a decent work ethic, Oliver is an average player. Hard work can help but you can only improve so much if your natural ability at something is limited. After all, you can say you are going to become a great sprinter but all the hard work in the world won't get you there if you don't have that natural genetic ability in the first place.

Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see whether Golembiewski and Krupp move up the draft list when they actually get playing time in their new teams.
Good list though.

Anonymous said...

Kyle Palmieri should be higher even though he is not that tall he has the speed, the strength, work ethic, and raw skill to become a serviceable NHL player. Also, Nick Oliver is not very good I am sorry.

Anonymous said...

Amburgey is another NTDP D that did not play much this past season. Ranking him 12th is pretty high imo. Chris Brown came on strong late last year, look for him to move up this list. Budish has, according to most scouts the size, but his footspeed is very average and skating ability is critical in today's pro game. He'll fall out of the top 30.

Anonymous said...

No Pitlick?

Anonymous said...

The comment on Oliver being an "A" recruit from CBS came from an article on NHL.com about him during the Ivan Hlinka tourney.

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=379785

"Oliver's hard work has also gotten him more than his fair share of notice from NHL scouts. He is one of six Minnesota high school players to earn an A rating -- potential first- or second-round pick -- in NHL Scouting's initial look at draft-eligible talent for the 2009 Entry Draft."

Anonymous said...

I know goalies were left off the list, but Roseau's Mike Lee (SCSU committed) was rated at #25 overall in the rankings. That's potential first-round pick territory.

Jesse Jackson said...

Where's your list of "Canadian Recruits" or is this just another slur against our neighbo(u)rs to the North?

Anonymous said...

Dan Ford should be in the Top 25 for sure...

Anonymous said...

cam fowler?

Anonymous said...

surprised to see Ben Hughes listed on any listed. He struggled at SSM and then was not a top D for TI this past season.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster, Fowler is a late birthday, so he's eligible in 2010. Windsor will be getting a solid, solid player.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised Collin Bowman is rated that high. Big kid, nice shot. However, his skating and hockey IQ needs improvement.

I am sure there will be lots of movement of kids on everyone's list during the upcoming season.

Anonymous said...

Its amazing on these sights you can tell who the guys are at the NTDP program that post and slam the Minnesotans every time to try to make themselves look better.
Budish drop to 30 boy thats intelligent Budish goes top 7 at the worst in 1st round
Walters exposed and exploited WOW exploited OK!! Deidcation to move to USHL as junior will have scouts take notice
Oliver once scrutinized he will not be an A player. Olvier will have a dominating season in high school and his before and after in the USHL will again show committment to be challenged and not worry about exploiting weaknesses.

Sure these 3 could all stay in highschool and put up 90+ points but why.

Also they are playing in the USHL and the NTDP team plays against the NAHL. A step or 2 down in JR A hockey

I would take a team of the top 18 Minnesota high schoo players and play the NDTP every year aand that is the team that should go to Europe. Minnesota wins 9 out of 10 times.

These arrogant comments by Ann Arbor players and parents is exactly why the Minnesota kids turn down the program in droves the past 3-4 years.

Gaardinarr, Ness, Stepan, Budish, Schmidt, Bugstad, Folbert,Helgesson, Leddy and on and on and on

dggoddard said...

I haven't seen any Mock Drafts with Budish even going in the 1st Round, much less a Top 7 Pick.

Anonymous said...

Hanowski should be higher if you would have seeen him at model camp, he was the best player at the camp. Hands down

Anonymous said...

This group of 91 minnesotans is very strong. To say that the NTDP is not getting any of the top prospects from the state is absurd though. They have mattson who was by far the best defenseman in this group of Minnesotans. Yes, they lost out on Budish and Walters and names like that, but that does not mean that the players they got are scrubs or any less capable than the Minnesotans. Honestly, Morin is the most talented 91 in all of America. If he was competing against these Minnesotans he would dominate as, in my opinion, would a player like Palmieri who is very happy to be ther to represent his county. I don't understand how the Minnesotans reject their country though. Perhaps because i don't live in Minnesota I don't understand. However, this can also be compared to Major Juniors. Why do guys bolt for Major Juniors other than to better their game? Well tehre is a similar feeling of awe playing Major Juniors. The only case I can understand not leaving Minnesota is Budish.

Anonymous said...

This is a list of the top Americans for 2009, not a Mock Draft. Don't get your over-aged-Canadian-loving self all worked up there, dggoddard.

Thanks for making me check that out because the two Mock Drafts I looked at had Schroeder ahead of Morin.

Anonymous said...

It is not about rejecting the country, it is about rejecting the NTDP. The NTDP has been a laugh for the hockey community. They acually hurt players rather than develop them.

Kitchener Ranger Fan said...

Morin makes me sick

why wouldnt you come to kitchener last year,

what a joke

great hockey player

but why would you reject having an NHL head coach teach you the game and play a full schedule. Im not saying that the American Developement program is a joke,but Morin could be an elte player if he decided to come to kitchener

Anonymous said...

You missed Peterson and Little. Both of them will find their way to the draft.

Anonymous said...

Morin is already an "elite player" for his age group and will be a high pick in the draft. Players with a high degree of ability can make it taking the college route or the CHL route. It seems to me that the CHL buffoons out there can't accept the reality that there is more than one way to make it to the big show.

Anonymous said...

Petersen and Little weren't missed they laid eggs overseas and everyone is trying to get the smell of rotten eggs out and clean up the mess they made.

Anonymous said...

Not a particularly strong draft crop for the USA

Anonymous said...

On the "top ten" list, your description of Schmitz is correct except in one glaring regard; he is not a "very smart" player (ask his teammates)he took so many stupid penalties; esp in key situations. Besides his size (5' 9", which he has no control over), that's his major weakness as a player.

Anonymous said...

Schmitz may take dumb penalties, but that is due to immaturity and once he gets to the O that will be cleaned up because otherwise he will get his ass kicked by not only the otehr team, but also his teammates. It is an age thing everyone takes dumb penalties and the way I see it, this guy is so talented that this is a minor thing. Look for him to move up to borderline first to early third round selection come draft time.

Kramer said...

big ditto on the 11:18 Anon post; rating a kid (B. Hughes) who didn't excel v. MM talent way higher than kids who played junior schedules is way way off base; it's almost as if a 2 year old rating just got regurgitated; the kid's a good athlete, but he'll be lucky if he plays at DI level.

Anonymous said...

I have played with Ben Hughes. He is a solid defenseman and due to a good reputation he will probably play d1, but in all honesty he is not that good whihc means he will need all the time he can to acclimate to the USHL. However, that said he is still solid, but will never sniff a chance at the pros.

Anonymous said...

who is Danny Mattson ? Is he related to Nick Mattson; or do you mean Nick Mattson ? Nick Mattson isn't eleigible for 2009 draft. Like Fowler, he's a young '91.

Anonymous said...

alright list..but i can think of 5 players that could be top 10 that didnt even make your list.

Anonymous said...

Anthony Hamburg??? Kyle Beattie??? Tyler Brickler???Are you kidding me? You have left off many much better American players!
AJ Treais - NTDP
Tyler Brown - OHL
Tyler Osborne - OHL
Ryan White - WHL
Tyler Maxwell - WHL
Daniel Brussard - OHL
Shane Bershbach - USHL
Dakota Eveland - USHL
Chris McCarthy - NTDP
Chris Krieder - Phillips Andover
John Henrion - NTDP
Andrew Yorgan - OHL
Tyler Pitlick - Minn HS
Barron Smith - OHL

These guys should definately be included!

Anonymous said...

Walters should not be higher and will probably end up lower. He has the ability to score, but is not a great skater. He wanted to go to NTDP badly, but was not asked from what I heard.

I see Budish as a first rounder because of his talent and size. NHL teams have a desire for big centers.

FYI to whoever, Budish is playing high school hockey this year. Oliver is doing a before and after high school. Walters is the only one that moved on of those three.

I believe Leddy & Budish were two players invited to NTDP but declined.

Anonymous said...

josh Bemis should be higher up on that list, hes got good size for a defenseman with great skating skills. Expect his draft stock to improve this season

Anonymous said...

I agree about Bemis. I have seen him play a couple times. He is a very smart defensive player that is always in position. Also a good skater with decent size. Lots of potential. From the games I have seen, I would have him above Schmidtz, but I think that Beau will be a great player once he adjusts to the OHL.

Anonymous said...

Nice List but Dan DeLisle should be Higher on the list, Big player that can move has hands and very smart!

Anonymous said...

Can't believe Rick Pinkston is left off...over Schmitz

Anonymous said...

no chance on crowley, does not even have any college interest.
Brickler? What a bust
kreider, bourque and morin

SCxbar said...

Cannot believe this Hughes kid made any list. Way too slow and indecisive. Has size but no speed on D.

centerice17 said...

Brickler...what a joke. he just gradually gets moved to worse and worse USHL teams every year. he has peaked and will soon fade away.

Oliver has one of the hardest work ethics which will get him far. he also has dont national development camps and has definitely proved himself as a player. he deserves a spot of that list.


also what about John Moore of the USHL? Definitely deserves a top ten spot on that list.

Anonymous said...

Zach Budish is by the far the best player in the world and should be number one.

ps ryan walters should be lower.