The 2017 NHL Draft is fast approaching with the first round set to kick-off at United Center in Chicago on June 23. Future Considerations has spent the season in rinks spanning the globe in preparation for Future Considerations’ 2017 NHL Draft Guide.
And, according to Future Considerations, these are the top-ranked United States Hockey League players the 2017 draft has to offer:
Eeli Tolvanen, RW, Sioux City Musketeers, 5-10, 170, 04-22-1999
Tolvanen, 11th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft and the top-ranked skater from the USHL, had an impressive season with the Sioux City Musketeers. Tolvanen finished with 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points in 52 games, and had five goals and 10 points in 13 playoff games. “Tolvanen is a highly skilled shoot first mentality forward with elusive hands and an NHL caliber shot,” Future Considerations’ scout Jake VanBesien said. “He skates well and has deceptive top-end speed, and has all of the skill to become an elite NHL goal scorer.” Tolvanen was named to the USHL’s First Team All-Star for his impressive season.
Shane Bowers, C, Waterloo Black Hawks, 6-1, 185, 07-30-1999
Bowers, 31st in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the second-ranked skater from the USHL, scored 22 goals and added 29 assists for 51 points in 60 games played this year for the Waterloo Blackhawks. Bowers also turned in two goals and one assist in six playoff games. “He is a complete two-way forward who plays the game the right way, he’s a great skater and very trustworthy in the faceoff circle,” VanBesien said. “He has excellent compete level, and great awareness while he’s out on the ice.” For his efforts, Bowers was named to the USHL Third All-Star Team.
Max Gildon, D, NDTP, 6-3, 190, 05-17-1999
Gildon, 46th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the third-ranked player out of the USHL, had 33 points in 62 games played for the National Team Development Program. Gildon scored 11 goals and added 22 more assists during the season and was also a standout for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. In seven games played at the U18’s, Gildon scored four goals and added two assists en route to helping USA capture gold.
David Farrance, D, NDTP, 5-11, 190, 06-23-1999
Farrance, 48th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the fourth-ranked USHL skater, had a nice season with the NTDP. He scored seven goals and added 29 assists for 36 points in 64 games. Farrance also helped the United States capture gold at the Under-18’s, scoring two goals and adding one assist for three points in seven games.
Grant Mismash, LW, NDTP, 6-0, 185, 02-19-1999
Mismash, 49th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the fifth-ranked skater out of the USHL, was another standout this season for the NTDP. In 65 games played, Mismash scored 26 goals and added 35 assists for 61 points. He was also a standout player for the United States at the Under-18’s, scoring five goals and adding three assists for eight points in seven games played, a key to the United States’ gold medal finish.