Nolan Patrick tops NHL Central Scouting’s mid-season draft rankings


Nolan Patrick, pictured above with the Brandon Wheat Kings. (Rob Wallator/CHL Images)

NHL Central Scouting released its mid-season draft rankings Wednesday. As it always does, their list is split up into four categories: skaters playing in North America, skaters playing in Europe, goalies playing in North America and goalies playing in Europe.

Nolan Patrick, the favourite to be selected first overall at the 2017 NHL Draft, retains his spot atop the North American rankings despite missing all but eight games due to injury this season. However, in those games with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, Patrick has totalled six goals and 13 points.

However Timothy Liljegren, the projected No. 2 prospect for the draft, fell to No. 7 among European skaters and behind Finnish defender Miro Heiskanen. Liljegren has also missed a lot of playing time this season due to a bout with mono and was sent down to Timra in Allsvenskan recently. He has since been called up and is expected to return to Rogle’s Swedish League lineup soon.

Here are the top 10 rankings in each designation. You can find the full list here at NHL Central Scouting.

And be sure to check out Jeff Marek’s “Top 31” draft rankings for the month of January.


Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 Patrick, Nolan Center Brandon WHL
2 Hischier, Nico Center Halifax QMJHL
3 Vilardi, Gabriel Center Windsor OHL
4 Tippett, Owen Right Wing Mississauga OHL
5 Mittelstadt, Casey Center Eden Prairie HIGH-MN
6 Rasmussen, Michael Center Tri-City WHL
7 Tolvanen, Eeli Right Wing Sioux City USHL
8 Glass, Cody Center Portland WHL
9 Valimaki, Juuso Defenseman Tri-City WHL
10 Makar, Cale Defenseman Brooks AJHL


Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 Kostin, Klim Left Wing/Center Dynamo Moscow RUSSIA
2 Pettersson, Elias Center Timra SWEDEN-2
3 Andersson, Lias Center HV 71 SWEDEN
4 Vesalainen, Kristian Left Wing/Right Wing Frolunda SWEDEN
5 Necas, Martin Center Brno CZREP
6 Heiskanen, Miro Defenseman Hifk FINLAND
7 Liljegren, Timothy Defenseman Rogle SWEDEN
8 Vaakanainen, Urho Defenseman Jyp FINLAND
9 Safin, Ostap Right Wing Sparta Jr. CZREP-JR.
10 Westerlund, Filip Defenseman Frolunda SWEDEN


Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 Petruzzelli, Keith Goalie Muskegon USHL
2 Scott, Ian Goalie Prince Albert WHL
3 Oettinger, Jake Goalie Boston University H-EAST
4 Primeau, Cayden Goalie Lincoln USHL
5 Zhukov, Maksim Goalie Green Bay USHL
6 Rasmussen, Dayton Goalie Tri-City USHL
7 Dipietro, Michael Goalie Windsor OHL
8 D’orio, Alex Goalie Saint John QMJHL
9 Skinner, Stuart Goalie Lethbridge WHL
10 Keyser, Kyle Goalie Oshawa OHL


Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 Luukkonen, Ukko-Pekka Goalie HPK Jr. FINLAND-JR.
2 Eriksson Ek, Olle Goalie Farjestad Jr. SWEDEN-JR.
3 Tarasov, Daniil Goalie Ufa 2 RUSSIA-JR.
4 Samoilov, Alexander Goalie Cska 2 RUSSIA-JR.
5 Soderblom, Arvid Goalie Frolunda Jr. SWEDEN-JR.
6 Patera, Jiri Goalie C. Jr. CZREP-JR.
7 Makiniemi, Eetu Goalie Jokerit Jr. FINLAND-JR.
8 Beck, Benjamin Goalie Ec U18 RBHRC U18
9 Lehtinen, Lassi Goalie Lukko Jr. FINLAND-JR.
10 Sklenar, Juraj Goalie Slovakia U18 SLOVAKIA-JR.

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