The 2021 NHL Draft begins this Friday, July 24th at 7:00pm C.T. and will be broadcasted via ESPN2. This year the Force have 4 skaters in the NHL's final rankings of eligible North American prospects as well as unranked players to watch for in the later rounds. Below is a list of some Force players to watch for throughout the draft.
Date of Birth: May 15, 2003
Height: 5’11 | Weight: 182lbs.
College Commitment: St. Cloud State University
Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 27th among North American Skaters
Jack Peart started and ended the season with the Force this year after returning home to finish out his HS hockey career in Grand Rapids, MN. In 24 regular season games with the Force Peart tallied 1 goal and 14 assists for 15 total points, he added another 2 goals and 5 assists in the playoffs for 7 total points in 9 games. With the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks Peart served as team captain and put up 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 25 games, his outstanding season earned him one of the most prestigious awards in Minnesota HS hockey, the 37th Annual Mr. Hockey Award.
“Of all Peart’s strengths, skating and hockey IQ are the two that stand out the most. He’s an effortless skater both forwards and backward and he knows his position like the back of his hand. He was also trusted to play in all situations by Fargo head coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux and was one of his high-minute men almost every night. That is a testament to his overall toolbox and tremendous maturity at the young age of 18.”-Matthew Zator ‘TheHockeyWriters.com’
Date of Birth: October 12, 2002
Height: 6’0 | Weight: 179lbs.
College Commitment: University of Minnesota
Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 28th among North American Skaters
Tristan Broz has been with the Force for two full seasons and served the team as Alternate Captain this past year. Broz finished the 2020-21 regular season with 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 54 games and tacked on another 3 goals and 8 assists in the playoffs for 11 points in 9 games.
“Broz is a player with an attacking mentality. He’s like a shark sniffing out blood in the water when he’s off-the-puck in the offensive zone, circling the perimeter, waiting for soft ice to emerge, or charging headlong to the net-front as low-to-high passing plays develop. He reads developing plays, creates options for his line mates, and adapts well during cycle plays.”
-EliteProspects 2021 NHL Draft Guide
Date of Birth: November 1, 2002
Height: 6’2 | Weight: 195lbs.
College Commitment: University of Massachusetts
Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 39th among North American Skaters
Scott Morrow joined the Force during the playoffs and was an important part of the Clark Cup run this season. Morrow spent the majority of the 2021 season with Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep where he put up 8 goals and 40 assists for 48 total points in 30 games.
“Seldom do prep school players deserve attention in the first half of the top round in the NHL Draft but Scott Morrow has a special toolset. His raw tools in combination with his physical frame are among the best in the class. The Shattuck St. Mary’s star has been catching the eye of scouts and analysts alike since last season. Morrow plays with such a cerebral mindset, looking to attack at all times. Rarely allowing the game to come to him, he takes space away defensively with aggressive puck pursuit and tight gaps on the rush. When the puck isn’t on the stick of himself or a teammate, Morrow ensures that it gets there.” - Tony Ferrari, ‘Dobberprospects’
Date of Birth: March 11, 2003
Height: 6’0 | Weight: 187lbs.
College Commitment: University of Nebraska-Omaha
Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 81st among North American Skaters
Lurie spent the 2020-21 season with Stattuck St. Mary’s Prep where he put up 29 goals and 17 assists for 46 total points in 36 games. He joined the Force for 4 games during the 2021 regular season and 3 playoff games during the Clark Cup playoff run. Lurie is returning to the Force for the 2021-22 season and will be looked upon as a leader and impact player for the team.
"Primarily a shooter, Lurie has the shot and instincts to score in the professional ranks. He times his movements into the slot perfectly and even pushes off his defender just as the puck comes through. He’s a proactive defensive player from constant scanning and a desire to support the puck." -EliteProspects 2021 NHL Draft Guide
Date of Birth: April 20, 2001
Height: 6’3 | Weight: 205lbs.
College: Western Michigan University
Fiedler played for the Force from 2018-2020 serving as Alternate Captain for the team during the 2019-20 season. During the 2020-21 season Fiedler skated in 15 games for Western Michigan University and represented team Switzerland in the 2021 World Junior Championships. He is listed as a “C” ranked skater (indicating a potential 4th/5th/6th round candidate) on the ‘NCAA Players to Watch for 2021 NHL Draft’ list.