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2024 NHL Draft: Macklin Celebrini Tops Stars On Central Scouting List

2024 NHL Draft: Macklin Celebrini Tops Stars On Central Scouting List

Following up on the preliminary watch list in October, NHL Central Scouting released its Midterm Rankings with many players you can see on FloHockey.

Jan 15, 2024 by Ryan Sikes

Following up on the preliminary watch list in October, NHL Central Scouting released its Midterm Rankings on Friday. 

With several weeks of the season under our belts, these rankings provide a more exact placement of where 2024 draft-eligible prospects might be drafted. 

For example, the preliminary list ranked players into a tiered inventory of grades from all major development leagues. 

The midterm rankings take it one step further, identifying the player's overall rank among their peers and, therefore, projecting what round they will be drafted. 

You can view the full rankings here.

As the season progresses, the final rankings will be out in April, prior to the NHL Draft.

Here’s a rundown of the FloHockey players and where they landed on the latest installment of rankings:

Top Five Players Seen On FloHockey This Season

No. 1 - Macklin Celebrini, F, Boston University

Celebrini checks in as the unanimous No. 1 overall player in the Midterm Rankings. 

The 17-year-old has been nothing short of sensational this season at Boston University, collecting 11 goals and 27 points, making him the fourth-highest point producer in the NCAA. 

Added, he had a wonderful showing for Team Canada at the 2024 World Juniors, recording four goals and eight points in five games.

No. 2 - Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State

Levshunov consistently has been nearly a point-per-game player as a freshman at Michigan State. Through 20 games, the Belarusian blueliner has five goals, 19 points and a plus-17 rating. 

The 18-year-old, listed at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is big for his age group, but he skates really well and makes a lot of plays from nothing on the back end.

No. 4 - Zeev Buium, D, University of Denver

The younger Buium brother has been incredible in his first season with the Denver Pioneers. He has taken his game to another level, demonstrating a solid scoring touch in his draft-eligible campaign, recording five goals and 20 assists. 

Buium recently wrapped up an impressive showing at the WJC for Team USA, tallying three goals and five points en route to a gold-medal finish.

No. 5 - Trevor Connelly, F, Tri-City Storm

In our preliminary evaluation, I noted that the goal-scoring should start to pick up soon. 

Connelly apparently took that to heart, recording eight goals and 19 points in 12 games since Nov. 1. 

The Providence College commit ranks fourth in points (35) in the USHL and made a statement at the World Junior A Challenge with a four-goal performance in the bronze-medal game.

No. 8 - Cole Eiserman, F, NTDP U-18 Team

While the talks of Eiserman going No. 1 overall pretty much have been put to bed, an NHL club within the top 10, or even the top 5, will leave pretty happy if they select him. 

The Boston University commit has 30 goals and 51 points in 29 NTDP games this year. He needs 27 goals to break Cole Caufield’s NTDP scoring record of 126 goals set in 2019. 

We will see if Eiserman can get hot in the second half. His shot is NHL-ready.

USHL Skater Rankings

No. NamePositionSchool/Team
1Macklin CelebriniFBoston University (Chicago Steel)
2Artyom LevshunovDMichigan State (Green Bay Gamblers)
4Zeev BuiumDUniversity of Denver (USA NTDP)
5Trevor ConnellyFTri-City Storm
8Cole EisermanFNTDP U-18 Team
17Sacha BoisvertFMuskegon Lumberjacks
19Michael HageCChicago
22Kamil BednarikCNTDP U-18 Team
30Matvei GridinRWMuskegon
39 EJ EmeryDNTDP U-18 Team
41John MustardFWaterloo
42Brodie ZiemerFNTDP U-18 Team
48William ZellersLWShattuck-St. Mary's (Green Bay)
53Max PlanteLWNTDP U-18 Team
57Cole HutsonDNTDP U-18 Team
58Will SkahanDNTDP U-18 Team
60Adam KleberDLincoln
61Christian HumphreysCNTDP U-18 Team
64Hagen BurrowsFSioux City
72Teddy StigaFNTDP U-18 Team
74Xavier VeilleuxDMuskegon
75Elliott GroenewoldDCedar Rapids
77Tory PitnerDYoungstown
78Austin BakerFNTDP U-18 Team
79Aidan ParkFShattuck-St. Mary’s (Green Bay)
80Austin BurnevikFMadison
83Tanner AdamsFProvidence College (Tri-City)
85Lucas Van VlietFNTDP U-18 Team
88Kristian EppersonLWNTDP U-18 Team
92Kuzma VoroninFYoungstown
93Jake FisherFFargo
96Luke OsburnDYoungstown
102Sam LaurilaDNTDP U-18 Team
104Tanner HenricksDLincoln
106John WhippleDNTDP U-18 Team
120Andrew DellasallaFOmaha
122Owen KeefeDMuskegon
130Mac SwansonFFargo
131Joe ConnorFMuskegon
133Finn McLaughlinDYoungstown
137Carson PilgrimFWarroad High School (Tri-City)
142Nolan RoedFWhite Bear Lake High (Tri-City)
152James ReederFDubuque
155Kaden ShahanFSioux City
157John StoutDMinnetonka High School (Madison)
164Anthony CardilliFChicago
165Eero ButellaFWaterloo
172Erik PahlssonFDubuque
180Charlie CerratoFYoungstown
181Philippe Blais-SavoieDTri-City
183Landon ResendesFCedar Rapids
186Charlie PardueFNTDP U-18 Team
196Will FelicioDMadison
203 Brendan McMorrowFNTDP U-18 Team
204Bauer BerryDMuskegon
207Noah LapointeDNTDP U-18 Team
208Eli SebastianFNortheastern (Green Bay)
209Ethan GardulaFSioux City
209Erik KaldDCedar Rapids
217Jack GalanekFMuskegon

USHL Goalie Rankings

2Nick KempfGNTDP U-18 Team
4Mikhail YegorovGOmaha
6John ParsonsGNTDP U-18 Team
8Caleb HeilGSioux Falls
11Thatcher BernsteinGDubuque
20Louka ClouthierGChicago
27Samuel UrbanGSioux City

BCHL Skater Rankings

70Jack PridhamFWest Kelowna
138Luke AshtonDLangley
144Matt LaheyDNanaimo
149Callum HughesFWest Kelowna
151Chase StefanekFTrail
160J.J. MonteiroFSalmon Arm
171Max HeiseFPenticton
179Connor MacPhersonFPenticton
197Francesco Dell’ElceDPenticton

AJHL Skater Rankings

91Logan SawyerFBrooks
176Mathieu TailleferDBrooks
185Nathan FreeFBrooks
199Easton HewsonDCalgary

OJHL Skater Rankings

121Jonathan MorelloFSt. Michaels
161David GreenDSt. Michaels

OJHL Goalie Rankings 

24Sebastian GattoGLeamington

SJHL Skater Rankings

150Matthew Van BlaricomFHumboldt

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