Hockey Canada at the NHL Entry Draft


NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings of prospects eligible for
the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in mid-April. Of the top 100 North American
skaters and top 20 North American goaltenders, 38 of them have either been
a part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence (POE) or played at a Hockey
Canada domestic event.

They’ve represented their club, their province, their region and their
country. Here’s a look at where these alumni have already been as they wait
to learn this weekend where they will go next.

– Member of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team in 2015, which won
Canada’s seventh-straight gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Nolan
Patrick (No. 1) had two goals and three assists in five games, finishing
third in Canadian scoring as the youngest player on the roster.

– Players who’ve participated in the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A
Championship. Cale Makar (No. 9) became the first player to be named Most
Valuable Player in back-to-back seasons, patrolling the blue-line for the
Brooks Bandits in 2016 and 2017, and Jordy Bellerive (No. 82) got into one
game with the Penticton Vees at the 2015 tournament.

– Players who’ve competed in the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget
Championship. Maxime Comtois (No. 30) and Antoine Morand (No. 53) were a
dynamic duo for the Grenadiers de Châteauguay at the 2015 tournament,
finishing second and sixth, respectively, in scoring to lead the Grenadiers
to a silver medal in Rivière-du-Loup, Que.

– Players who have been a captain for Canada. Nolan Patrick (No. 1) wore
the ‘C’ for Canada Red at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, while
Shane Bowers (No. 16) led Canada Black at the U17 tournament in 2015.
Markus Phillips (No. 50) has served as captain twice, of Canada Red at the
2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and Canada’s National Men’s Summer
Under-18 Team at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, while Jaret
Anderson-Dolan (No. 21) captained Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at
the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.

– Players who have competed at the World Junior A Challenge. Cale Makar
(No. 9) helped Canada West to a gold medal in 2015 before captaining the
team in 2016 – making the all-star team both years. He was joined on the
West blue-line by Ian Mitchell (No. 35) in 2016, while Bryce Misley (No.
85) and Cameron Crotty (No. 89) earned a silver medal with Canada East last
December in Bonnyville, Alta.

– Players who have been to the Memorial Cup. Gabe Vilardi (No. 4) and
Michael DiPietro (No. 4G) helped the Windsor Spitfires to the 2017 title on
home ice last month, beating Alex D’Orio (No. 13G) and the Saint John Sea
Dogs along the way. In 2016, Robert Thomas (No. 22) had an assist in four
games as his London Knights won the championship with a perfect run through
the tournament, including a win over Nolan Patrick (No. 1), Stelio Mattheos
(No. 38) and the Brandon Wheat Kings.

– Players – Owen Tippett (No. 7), Nicolas Hague (No. 20), Maxime Comtois
(No. 30), Markus Phillips (No. 50), Mason Shaw (No. 55) and Stuart Skinner
(No. 5G) – who helped Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team reach the
bronze medal game at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.

– Players who won a gold medal with Canada White at the 2015 World Under-17
Hockey Challenge. Gabe Vilardi (No. 4), Owen Tippett (No. 7), Nick Suzuki
(No. 10), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (No. 21), Robert Thomas (No. 22), Ian
Mitchell (No. 35), Greg Meireles (No. 93) and Ian Scott (No. 3G) claimed
the top prize in Dawson Creek, B.C., led by a Tippett hat trick in the gold
medal game.

– Players with previous POE experience invited to Canada’s National Junior
Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp, to be held in Plymouth, Mich.,
from July 29-Aug. 6 – Nolan Patrick (No. 1), Gabe Vilardi (No. 4), Cody
Glass (No. 6), Owen Tippett (No. 7), Cale Makar (No. 9), Nick Suzuki (No.
10), Cal Foote (No. 12), Nicolas Hague (No. 20), Robert Thomas (No. 22),
Mason Shaw (No. 55), Michael DiPietro (No. 4G), Stuart Skinner (No. 5G).

– Members of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that finished fifth at
the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship. MacKenzie Entwistle (No. 44) led
Canada in scoring with seven points (4G 3A) in five games, and was joined
by Stelio Mattheos (No. 38) as two of Canada’s top three players, as
selected by the coaches.


– Players who have competed at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. This
includes the eight Canada White gold medallists from 2015 mentioned above,
Owen Tippett (No. 7) and Maxime Comtois (No. 30), who earned spots on the
tournament all-star team in northern British Columbia, and four players –
Nolan Patrick (No. 1), Nicolas Hague (No. 20), Mason Shaw (No. 55) and
Stuart Skinner (No. 5G) – who were part of the first tournament to include
three Canadian national teams in 2014.

– Points put up by Nick Suzuki (No. 10) during the 2016-17 season, most of
any POE alumnus in his draft year. The forward had 45 goals and 51 assists
for the Owen Sound Attack to finish fifth in OHL scoring. His point total
was two better than Cody Glass (No. 6) and Mason Shaw (No. 55).

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