DUBUQUE, Iowa — NHL Central Scouting released their preliminary list of Players to Watch in preparation for the 2019 NHL Draft. The list, which is produced annually indicates where the players could potentially be selected in the upcoming draft. The grading scale is simple and is highlighted below:
Four Fighting Saints appeared on the list, including a current member of the team. Matias Maccelli, who is in his second year with the Saints, was given a C ranking by NHL Central Scouting. Maccelli has one point in two games this season. Last season, he tallied 21 points in 36 games and added a point in the playoffs as well. Maccelli hails from Turku, Finland and has received high praise everywhere he has played.
Ryder Donovan, a current Saints affiliate and a University of North Dakota commit received a B ranking from Central Scouting. Donovan is an incredibly promising prospect with size, speed and high-end skill. At 6’4’’ 185 lbs, Donovan has prototypical NHL size. He appeared in just five games for the Saints last season and is currently at Duluth East High where he tallied a whopping 53 points in 25 games last season.
Saints affiliate and defenseman Braden Doyle also cracked the list with a C ranking. Doyle played with Donovan in the All American Prospects Game in late September. Doyle had 24 points last season in 31 games at Lawrence Academy. He is a Boston University commit.
Rounding out the four Saints on the list is Joey Foss. Foss is a hulking, 6’4’’ 225lb defenseman currently playing for the Odessa Jackalopes in the NAHL. Foss received a C ranking. The 18 year-old out of Elk River, Minnesota had 32 points in 25 games for Elk River High last season. Foss has progressed mightily considering that was a 27 point jump from the total he posted the season before.
In total, the USHL had 65 players who have played at least a game in the league named to the list. That total was more than any other junior league in the world.