Under-17 Alumni Highlight International Scouting Services Rankings
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December 17, 2010
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The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge has always been a coming-out party of sorts for the next generation of hockey stars – as evidenced by the 1,100+ NHL draft picks that have skated at the event – and if the latest rankings from International Scouting Services are any indication, next summer’s NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota should be no different.

Of the 30 players projected by ISS to hear their names called in the first round, 22 are under-17 alumni, 18 from last year’s tournament in Timmins, Ont., four from the 2009 event in Port Alberni, B.C., and one from London, Ont., in 2008.

Sean Couturier, ISS’ top-ranked player, is the only player on the list to have played twice at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – he suited up for Atlantic in 20.

1. Sean Couturier – Atlantic, 2008-09

2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Pacific, 2010

5. Brandon Saad – United States, 2009

6. Ryan Murphy – Ontario, 2010

7. Joel Armia – Finland, 2010

8. Duncan Siemens – Pacific, 2010

9. Ryan Strome – Ontario, 2010

10. Viktor Rask – Sweden, 2010

11. Dougie Hamilton – Ontario, 2010

12. Matthew Puempel – Ontario, 2010

14. Alexander Khokhlachev – Russia, 2010

15. Mark McNeill – Pacific, 2010

17. Myles Bell – Pacific, 2010

18. Robbie Russo – United States, 2010

19. Vladislav Namestnikov – Russia, 2009

20. Matthew Nieto – United States, 2010

22. Tomas Jurco – Slovakia, 2009

23. Rocco Grimaldi – United States, 2010

24. Maxim Shalunov – Russia, 2010

28. Tyler Biggs – United States, 2010

29. Daniel Catenacci – Ontario, 2010

30. Ty Rattie – Pacific, 2010

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

   
Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
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emadziya@hockeycanada.ca
   
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