Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
NHl Central Scouting released their 2015 NHL Futures List (people to keep an eye on this year). Michigan is kinda-sorta leading with 6ish commits on the list. The 'ish' being because Zach Werenski is yet to be officially on the team though he's semi-officially committed.
Slightly modified table via SBNCollegeHockey:
|Position||2013-14 Team||College Commitment|
|Cameron Hughes||C||Spruce Grove Saints||Wisconsin '14|
|Chase Pearson||C||Cornwall Colts||Uncommitted|
|Taggart Corriveau||RW||Westminster Prep||St. Lawrence '16|
|Karch Bachman||C||Culver Military Academy||Miami '15|
|Sam Miletic||LW||Cranbrook-Kingswood||Michigan '15|
|Brock Boeser||RW||Burnsville||Wisconsin '15|
|Matthew Freytag||LW||Wayzata||Wisconsin '15|
|Jack McNeely||D||Lakeville North||Nebraska-Omaha '15|
|Tom Novak||LW||St. Thomas Academy||Minnesota '15|
|Jack Sadek||D||Lakeville North||Uncommitted|
|A.J. Greer||LW||Kimball Union||Boston University '14|
|Frederic Foulem||G||Stanstead College||Harvard '16|
|Dennis Gilbert||D||Buffalo Jr. Sabres||Niagara '15|
|Chris Birdsall||G||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||Boston College '15|
|Nick Boka||D||USNTDP U-17||Michigan '15|
|Jeremy Bracco||RW||USNTDP U-17||Boston College '15|
|Kyle Connor||C||USNTDP U-18||Michigan '15|
|Tory Dello||D||Tri-City Storm||Notre Dame '15|
|Jack Eichel||C||USNTDP U-18||Boston University '14|
|Christian Fischer||C||USNTDP U-17||Notre Dame '15|
|Casey Fitzgerald||D||USNTDP U-17||Boston College '15|
|Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson||D||Omaha Lancers||Uncommitted|
|Brent Gates||C||Green Bay Gamblers||Notre Dame '15|
|Jordan Greenway||LW||USNTDP U-17||Boston University '15|
|Noah Hanifin||D||USNTDP U-17/18||Boston College '14|
|Cooper Marody||C||Muskegon Lumberjacks||Michigan '15|
|Ivan Provorov||D||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||Uncommitted|
|Brendan Warren||LW||USNTDP U-17||Michigan '15|
|Zach Werenski||D||USNTDP U-17||Michigan '14|
|Colin White||RW||USNTDP U-17||Boston College '15|
|John Marino||D||South Shore Kings||Yale '15|
Generally speaking, Boka, Connor, and Werenski are all viewed as potential 1st round picks next year. Warren, Marody, and Miletic are probably early to mid round guys and Cecconi may be drafted as well. Should be an awesome recruiting class for us as long as the OHL is fended off successfully.
The BU-BC rivalry should be awesome this year as BU has potential #1 overall pick Jack Eichel and BC has likely the #1 defenseman in the draft (and top 5 overall) in Noah Hanifin. Eichel's the likely Hobey winner in my opinion. I can't recall college hockey having so many really elite talents in a single class.
Edit: Oops. Somehow completely missed that Cooper Marody was on the list.
For those of you don't know, the OHL draft is today and it's currently going on right now (9th rd as of 4 pm EST). This is where many a college hockey fan finds out whether we can expect Player X to ever suit up in a college uniform.
General rule of thumb seems to be early rounds (1-4) are more likely to go while later rounds indicate that that team / the OHL don't think it's likely they'll be able to sign that player.
Bob Miller assembled a list at CHP (link) of notable american prospects and their current commitments (if any). I made a table of those players and their current draft status
|Ryan||Mantha||(RW)||5||14||Sault Ste Marie|
|Brandon||Halverson||(G)||7||4||Sault Ste Marie|
Kyle Connor and Dylan Larkin (Michigan commits) have not been drafted yet which is great news because as I saw on the twitter:
Both Michigan commits. RT @RyanHPscout: The 2 best players we have on our draft board are Dylan Larkin and Kyle Connor both 1st rd talents.
- Brendan Perlini (MSU, younger brother of current MSU skater Brent Perlini) looks like he might be going OHL
- MSU had 4 guys on Bob Miller's list. One went in the first, two in the fourth, and one in the 9th. I'm not sure what to think of the guys going in the fourth round, but I'd be nervous if they were ours
- Darby Llwellyn is indeed Tristin Llwellyn's younger brother. No word on whether Darby has the same love for incredibly stupid penalties
EDIT: Dylan Larkin just got selected. 10th round, 1st pick to Erie. Looking good.
EDIT2: MacEachern from MSU hasn't been drafted yet. I recorded the draft info wrong
EDIT3: And Kyle Connor finally gets taken by Saginaw. 14th Rd, 11th pick. Looks good there too.