Michigan leads with 5.5 commits on 2015 NHL Draft Futures List

Submitted by gwkrlghl on July 9th, 2014 at 12:45 PM

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
Indiana High      
Karch Bachman C Culver Military Academy Miami '15
Michigan High      
Sam Miletic LW Cranbrook-Kingswood Michigan '15
MN High      
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
NH High      
A.J. Greer LW Kimball Union Boston University '14
Quebec High      
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
USPHL Premier      
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.



July 9th, 2014 at 1:12 PM ^

As good as Eichel is, I'd be hesitant to call him the likely Hobey winner. BU is a fairly weak team, so he will end up being the centerpiece of their offense, which can be a lot of pressure for even the best freshmen. Teams will play to shut him down as a result.

I remember when Phil Kessel was entering college with similar hype, but in a much better situation at Minnesota, with a lot of predictions of him winning the Hobey. He ended up with 51 points in 39 games, which was very good, but he wasn't even a finalist for the Hobey. I'd predict one of the Miami guys (Czarnik or Barber) will end up with the award, though there's always an outside chance a goalie, such as Wilcox or Hellebuyck, has a great season and swipes it.

Sac Fly

July 9th, 2014 at 1:32 PM ^

Boka is the recruit I'm most excited to see on campus. Playing with Hanifin and Werinski overshadowed most of the other defensemen but Boka is a #1 defensemen; big, physical, excellent skater. Very similar to Jake Gardiner.

Miletic is another player to keep an eye on. He missed the cut for NTDP last year, but has Top-6 potential when he gets to Michigan.

Blue In NC

July 9th, 2014 at 2:41 PM ^

Question about Zach Werenski - when you say he "is yet to be officially on the team though he's semi-officially committed" does that mean it's likely just a formality or is his attendance in real doubt?  i.e. is there a 90% chance he ends up on the team or is it more 50-50?  Is the OHL the threat here or what?