USA Hockey’s developmental squad could have a big first-rounder in the 2022 NHL Draft

The 2022 NHL Upper Deck Draft will take place July 7-8 at the Bell Center in Montreal. The first round will take place on July 7 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS) and rounds 2-7 will take place on July 8 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). NHL.com counts down to the draft with detailed profiles on top prospects, podcasts and other features. Today’s preview of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team. Full NHL.com draft coverage is available here.

USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Under-18 team could very well be the first-round headliner for the second time in four years at the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft.

A record eight NTDP players, including seven in the top 15, have been selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. There were three NTDP players selected in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft and one selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

“It’s a deep team that has a lot of players who are obviously going to be drafted, but who are also going to be very attractive to NHL clubs just because they’re qualified, they’ve got talent and they’re competitive,” NHL said Central Scouting Senior Director David Gregory. “Most of them are great skaters and that’s what the teams are looking for.”

Paving the way is the center Logan Cooley (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), No. 2 in Central Scouting Final Ranking of North American Skaters. The 18-year-old finished second in the NTDP with 75 points (27 goals, 48 ​​assists) in 51 games. He scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and had 23 shots on goal in six games to help the United States finish second at the 2022 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

“We’re a very competitive group and I think it’s a group of guys who really like competition and that’s their best quality,” said Adam Nightingale, who coached the NTDP U-18 team this season before. to take the coaching job at Michigan State University. “I think it’s a bunch of guys who put the team first and it’s not about them. That’s the challenge when you have a lot of talent; those guys have done a really good job to park their ego and benefit the team.”

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There are 19 players on the NHL Central Scouting Central North American Skaters’ and Goaltenders’ final draft-eligible Under-18 list. There were 13 players from the program who participated in the 2022 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo in June.

“The similarity to the 2019 NTDP Draft class is the depth of NHL quality prospects available, but this 2022 NTDP Draft class stands out from any other team I can remember solely because of the speed at which they play” , said Dan Marr, director. from the NHL Central Scouting. “The combination of speed and quickness made it difficult to control this team and nearly impossible to keep up or keep up with during a game.

“When you add the skill component and play the speedy execution, they’re a very entertaining group to watch, and many will have bright futures in the NHL.”

Each of the NTDP players in the top 32 of Central Scouting’s final standings has represented the United States at the U-18 Worlds.

Its top-three finish marked the 17th time in the last 18 tournaments that the United States has won a medal, which is the most of any country. The US race features nine championships, five second-place finishes and three third-place finishes. The event started in 1999.

The current group has had a lot of individual success during their two-year stint at NTDP. After Cooley, there’s the left wing Gauthier cutter (#3), center isaac howard (n°9), right wing Jimmy Snuggerud (No. 11), defender Ryan Chesley (No. 18), center Frank Nazar (n°21), right wing Rutger McGroarty (No. 22), defender Lane Hutson (No. 25) and defender Seamus Casey (#29).

“It just shows that we are an extremely special group,” Gauthier said. “I think each of us comes to the rink every day with a mentality to improve. I think with that mentality, it brings us closer to our dreams of playing in the National Hockey League. I think that kind of environment, that competitive mentality, that’s what makes us super special.”

Gauthier (6-foot-2, 200 yards) moved up three spots in the final standings after being sixth in the mid-season standings in January. The 18-year-old scored 65 points (34 goals, 31 assists) and five power-play goals in 54 games, and had nine points (three goals, six assists) in six games for the United States at the World U- 18.

Hutson received the EJ McGuire Achievement Award, given to the 2022 draft-eligible prospect who best exemplifies a commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.

“I think we have a lot of good players who are [really] talented, players who wanted to improve every day,” Cooley said. “The coaching staff really pushes us to improve every day and we have the right guys in the dressing room who like to compete every day and that shows how point the team is good. is.”

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“It’s funny… I turned a boy over to the NTDP and got a man back,” said Cathy Cooley, Logan’s mother. “The way they prepared it is really amazing. I’m like, ‘What happened to that shy little boy?’ “

Moreover, the guardian Dylan Silverstein (6-0, 179) is No. 3 on the Central Scouting North American Goaltender Rankings and Tyler Muszelik (6-2, 195) is #4.

“Two goalkeepers with a totally different style,” said Al Jensen of Central Scouting. “Silverstein is quick, athletic and very intense. He has that competition in him, the balance, the strength in the net. Muszelik is more positional. He’s calm in there, using his big body to cover holes more than Silverstein because Silverstein is a bit smaller.

“They both have good potential with good skills, but they are different goaltenders. You have to appreciate them for what they do.

Photos: Rena Laverty, USA Hockey NTDP

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