Six IceDogs ranked by NHL Central Scouting Services leading into 2017 NHL Draft

The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Services has released their final rankings ahead of this upcoming June’s NHL Draft in Chicago. Five IceDogs forwards and goalie Stephen Dhillon were ranked.

Kirill Maksimov, who was ranked 185th on the CSS’ midterm ranking lists, climbed his way to ranking 66th of all North American skaters. After being acquired at the trade deadline, Maksimov picked up 22 points in 29 games, including consecutive hat trick appearances to begin March against Erie and Owen Sound.

Matthew Philip jumped 19 spots to be ranked 152nd on NHL CSS’ final rankings, after being listed at 173 at the midterm report, despite having missed the final two and a half months of the season, and the playoffs with an upper body injury.

Oliver Castleman saw a 25 spot leap from the midterm ranking of 189 to land at 164 on CSS’ final report. In his rookie season, Castleman found himself as a key second line forward, who finished the season in 7th in league rookie scoring with 40 points.

Ben Jones would come in at 170th on the final rankings list. In his sophomore season with the team, Jones became the first line centre, finishing 3rd in team scoring with 50 points (13 goal, 37 assists – 2nd most on the team).

Ondrej Machala was also ranked on CSS’ final ranking at 215. Machala, who completed a successful first season in North America has now joined the Czech National U18 team for the upcoming IIHF u18 World Championships.

Stephen Dhillon has also been ranked in the final report leading up to the draft, as the 21st ranked North American goalie.

The Niagara IceDogs would like to congratulate Kirill, Matthew, Oliver, Ben, Ondrej and Stephen on this accomplishment and wish them luck in the upcoming NHL Draft!

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