The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Department released their final rankings for the 2017 NHL Entry draft and five members of the Guelph Storm were featured in the North American Skaters list.
Led by Isaac Ratcliffe, who is ranked 15th on the North American Skaters List, the Storm also have Nate Schnarr, Dmitri Samorukov, Liam Hawel, and Nick Deakin-Poot
Ratcliffe climbed to #15 after being ranked 20th in the previous rankings, thanks to his breakout season. Named the Storm’s Most Improved Player of the 2016-17 season, the London, Ontario native quadrupled his point total from last season, with 54 points, the six-foot-six, 195-pound forward also led the Storm in goals (28) and plus-minus (-2). In total, Ratcliffe had 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points in 67 games and now travels to Slovakia with Team Canada to compete at the Under-18 World Championships.
Schnarr finishes the season ranked 47th among North American skaters. The Waterloo, Ontario native had stellar rookie campaign posting 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points over 54 games played. On of the Storm’s most consistent forwards of the season, Schnarr closed out the 2016-17 campaign with nine points in his final 10 games. The six-foot-three, 180-pound centre competed at the Top Prospects game in Quebec City and has joined Team Canada’s training camp for the Under-18 World Championship.
Rookie defenceman Dmitri Samorukov skyrocketed up the rankings jumping up 53 spots to 69th. Continued to grow as a player with each passing shift over the season and stepped up in a big way when Guelph’s blue-line was hit with injuries. The six-foot-two, 180-pound defender recorded four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 67 games. A native of Volgograd, Russia, Samorukov represented Russia at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and will represent his country again at the upcoming Under-18 World Championships.
Joining Samorukov as a player that rocketed up the list was Liam Hawel, who comes in at 141st overall after not being ranked in the midterm rankings. Starting the season as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Hawel was listed as a player to watch at the beginning of the season. Since his move to Storm, Hawel has seen a steady increase in play and production, producing 0.5 points-per-game with Guelph. In total, the Arnprior, Ontario native recorded nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 66 games, and will also be joining Ratcliffe, and Schnarr as a member of Team Canada.
Rounding out the members of the Storm on the list is forward Nick Deakin-Poot, ranked 213th overall. The hulking power forward had flashes of dominance this season and has the tools to become a commanding presence on the ice as he continues to come into his own. The six-foot-four, 210-pound centre tripled his point total from his rookie season, while playing six fewer games. In total, the Georgetown, native finished with seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 52 games.
A full breakdown of all four of NHL Central Scouting’s lists can be found HERE.
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