NHL Central Scouting released their Preliminary 2015 September Players to Watch list for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft this morning. The Fargo Force had 3 players from their active roster and 2 from their affiliate roster named to the list. The annual list identifies players using the following criteria:
• A Rating – Indicates a 1st round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate
• LV (Limited Viewing) – Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized
Riley Tufte and Michael Graham, both forwards, were named to the list with a B rating, while Jack (birth name John) Adams, also a forward, was named to the list with a C rating. Affiliate players Jack Lafontaine and Brian Hurley were both named to the list with a C rating.
Tufte played in seven games with the Force last season and tallied five points (1g, 4a). He also played for Blaine High School last season and racked up 51 points (23g, 28a) in just 24 games. After one regular season game with the Force this year he has two points (1g, 1a). Tufte is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Graham played for Eden Prairie High School last season and had 46 total points (23g, 23a). Graham appeared in Fargo’s first game of the regular season as well as 3 preseason games but has not tallied any points.
Adams, a Princeton commit, played for Malden Catholic High School last season where he scored 19 points (12g, 7a). In one regular season game with the Force, Adams has 1 point (0g, 1a) and tallied 2 points (1g, 1a) in three preseason games.
Lafontaine and Hurley are both playing in the NAHL this season. Lafontaine, a goalie, plays for the Janesville Jets and Hurley, a defenseman, plays for the Minnesota Wilderness. Lafontaine has appeared in two games this season and has a 1.95 GAA and .886 save percentage. This season Hurley, an Ohio State University commit, has played in two games for the Wilderness and has recorded one point (0g, 1a).
The USHL had 54 players currently on 23-man rosters, in addition to 10 USHL alumni, six of which are playing college hockey. The 54 players tied the Ontario Hockey League for most players listed by any junior league in the world. The news comes after a record-breaking 2015 NHL Draft in which no junior league in the world had more draft picks than the 37 USHL players selected, in addition to 10 USHL alumni.
For a complete list click here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=780838
The Fargo Force are on the road this weekend for their first away games of the regular season. They face Cedar Rapids on Friday and Waterloo on Saturday.