It is extremely early. Lots can and will change between now and the 2013 NHL Draft, but it appears that Grand Forks native and UND commit Luke Johnson has a shot at going very high.
NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau released its list of ‘A’ players for next summer’s draft – a list of projected top-30 pick candidates.
Johnson is one of five college-bound players on the list.
Johnson had a great year for the Lincoln Stars, racking up 55 points in 55 games as a high school junior. Johnson will play his senior year with the Stars, then come to UND in the fall of 2013.
Another player of note on the list is Waterloo defenseman Ian McCoshen, who is choosing between UND, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota-Duluth, according to his assistant coach.
College-bound ‘A’ players
Luke Johnson, F, UND (Lincoln, USHL)
Ross Olsson, F, Northeastern (Williston Northampton)
J.T. Compher, F, Michigan (NTDP)
Michael Downing, D, Michigan (Dubuque, USHL)
Ian McCoshen, D, uncommitted (Waterloo, USHL)