U.S. Under-18 Team defenseman K'Andre Miller. Photo: Nick Wosika
Sixteen Minnesota natives have been listed on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The list includes five players who played high school hockey in Minnesota during the 2017-18 season, eight in the USHL (including two with the U.S. National Team Development Program), two in the WHL and one in the NCHC.
U.S. Under-18 Team defenseman K’Andre Miller (Hopkins) leads the Minnesotans on the list at No. 23 on the North American Skaters rankings, followed by Chicago (USHL) left wing Blake McLaughlin (Grand Rapids) at No. 24. A pair of high school forwards – Jack Perbix (Elk River) and Jack Jensen (Eden Prairie) are ranked 96th and 98th, respectively.
Muskegon (USHL) goalie Keegan Karki (St. Cloud) is No. 5 on the North American Goalies rankings, followed by Waterloo (USHL) netminder Jared Moe (New Prague) at No. 10.
The 2018 NHL Entry Draft takes place June 22-23 in Dallas.
|RANK||PLAYER||POSITION||2017-18 TEAM (LEAGUE)||HOMETOWN||COLLEGE|
|North American Skaters|
|23||K'Andre miller||D||U.S. Under-18 Team (USHL)||Hopkins||Wisconsin|
|24||Blake McLaughlin||LW||Chicago (USHL)||Grand Rapids||Minnesota|
|96||Jack Perbix||RW||Elk River HS (MSHSL)||Elk River||Notre Dame|
|98||Jack Jensen||C||Eden Prairie HS (MSHSL)||Eden Prairie||Minnesota|
|102||Scott Perunovich||D||Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)||Hibbing||Minnesota Duluth|
|104||Gavin Hain||C||U.S. Under-18 Team (USHL)||Grand Rapids||North Dakota|
|126||Ben Copeland||C||Waterloo (USHL)||Edina||Colorado College|
|136||Demetrios Koumontzis||LW||Edina HS (MSHSL)||Edina||Arizona State|
|140||Isaac Johnson||LW||Tri-City (WHL)||Andover|
|141||Jaxon Nelson||C||Sioux Falls (USHL)||Magnolia||Minnesota|
|152||Luke Loheit||RW||Minnetonka (MSHSL)||Minnetonka||Minnesota Duluth|
|202||Chase Hartje||D||Brandon (WHL)||Bemidji|
|211||Colin Schmidt||RW||Wayzata HS (MSHSL)||Maple Grove||Minnesota|
|215||Cole Koepke||D||Sioux City (USHL)||Hermantown||Minnesota Duluth|
|North American Goalies|
|5||Keegan Karki||G||Muskegon (USHL)||St. Cloud|
|10||Jared Moe||G||Waterloo (USHL)||New Prague||Minnesota|