The NHL Central Scouting has compiled a final list of players to keep in mind for the upcoming NHL Draft. 70 OHL Players were included on the 2017 NHL Central Scouting Futures including four Oshawa Generals players in Kyle MacLean, Jack Studnicka, Matt Brassard and Kyle Keyser. All four players have had career seasons which led them to be on the list of NHL prospects to be taken in the draft.
Jack Studnicka doubled his point total from his rookie season recording 18 goals and 34 assists for a total of 52 points, while also being selected for Team Canada’s Under 18 team in the Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Studnicka has been putting up impressive numbers in the playoffs as well leading the Generals in points with 11 in 8 games. Heading into the draft Studnicka is ranked 120th on the skaters list, the highest ranked Oshawa General.
Kyle MacLean has had a breakout year which saw him score a shootout winner in the 14th round, the only goal in that shootout, and follow that up with yet another shootout winner in the next game. MacLean has scored seven goals so far this season while also being a pest to opposing attackers on the defensive side of the puck.
Matt Brassard also had a career year after being acquired in a trade from the Barrie Colts during the Christmas Break. Brassard recorded 32 points in his sophomore campaign shaming his 4 point total from his rookie season, along with a key goal and assist so far in this year’s playoffs putting him at number 137 in the draft.
Kyle Keyser also had a breakthrough year after being acquired from the Flint Firebirds at the beginning of the season. After recording four wins in his rookie season Keyser nearly doubled that with seven this year while also improving his save percentage to .981 and his goals against average to 3.40 putting himself 11th among eligible goaltenders. With veteran goaltender Jeremy Brodeur leaving the team at the end of this season the Generals will look to Keyser to backstop the defence next season.
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will take place June 23-24 at the United Center in Chicago.