Four Troops on final NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

Merrimack recruits Michael Kesselring and Declan Carlile are both on the final rankings list from NHL Central Scouting, which has ranked players for the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft in June.

Centre Matthew Struthers, wingers Justin Brazeau and Luke Burghardt all remain on the list of the top 217 North American skaters, but defenceman Adam Thilander dropped out of the rankings. The Estevan native participated in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January, and will compete for Team Canada in the 2018 U18 World Hockey Championships in Russian Federation beginning on Thursday morning.

Goalie Ben Kraws ranks 27th among North American goaltenders.


McDonald caught the attention of scouts with his play after coming over to the Raiders from the Prince George Cougars in January. Carlile appeared in 54 games for the Wellington Dukes (OJHL) this season, posting six goals and 33 assists for 39 points. McDonald is the 178th ranked North American Skater.

"Dahlin is an exceptionally talented prospect who will be able to contribute, influence and impact a team's fortunes much in the way that defensemen Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) and Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) have in the NHL", said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. He had seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 68 games for the Raiders, and added a goal and three assists in seven post-season games.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars.

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