SAGINAW, Mich. – On Tuesday, NHL Central Scouting released its initial ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft. Of the players that were rated from junior and pro leagues around the world, Caleb Everett, Blade Jenkins, and Max Grondin of the Saginaw Spirit cracked the first list for the 2017-18 season.
Everett, 17, is in his first season as a member of the Spirit after winning the Under-16 National Championship with the Detroit Compuware Program last season. The Spirit announced the commitment of the Pleasant Lake, Michigan native on June 20, 2017 with a press conference held at the Saginaw Spirit offices. Everett has appeared in only one game this season after an injury in the season opener against Windsor.
The Spirit welcomed 2016 first round pick Blade Jenkins to the club this season, after announcing his commitment on May 4, 2017. The Jackson, Michigan native has one assist in his first four OHL games, but NHL scouts have identified the 6’1, 195-pound center as a player to watch heading into this seasons NHL Draft.
Center Max Grondin enters his second year with the Spirit during the 2017-18 season. Grondin is currently tied for the team lead in assists (2) and points (3) through the first four games of the 2017-18 season. The 6’3, 205-pound center from Hearst, Ontario was a second round pick of the Spirit in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.
All three Spirit players on the NHL Central Scouting Watch List are “C” rated, which grades them as projected fourth, fifth, or sixth round picks in the upcoming NHL Draft.
The 23 players on the list with “A” ratings are considered potential first-round picks. Players with “B” ratings are considered possible second- or third-round choices, and those with “C” ratings are potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selections.
See full list here: 2017 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list
48 OHL players are featured on this year’s Players to Watch, with six of them identified as potential first round picks in 2018.
42 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2017 NHL Draft held at United Center in Chicago representing 19% of all 217 players picked by all 31 NHL clubs.
Following the 2017 NHL Draft, a total of 2,319 OHL players have been selected since 1969 representing close to 21% of all players.
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