The 2014 NHL Draft may be 11-plus months away, but it is never too early to discuss the next batch of drafted Gophers.
NHL Central Scouting released its Futures List on Wednesday with three 2014 University of Minnesota recruits - Jack Glover, Ryan Collins, and Jack Ramsey - among the names. Central Scouting is the league's scouting arm. It acts independently as a theoretical 31st team.
The Futures List is composed of players Central Scouting believes early on will be first, second and third round picks for the NHL Draft next June in Philadelphia, PA..
Glover and Collins both play for the United States National Development Program in Ann Arbor. Glover, a 6'2", 180 lbs two-way defenseman, is listed as a potential 2014 first round pick by various scouting services although obviously there is room for change between now and the 2014 Draft.
Collins, a 6'4", 203 lbs defenseman, scored 9 points (3 G-6 A) in 56 games with the U-17 team. The Bloomington, MN native previously played for Benilde-St. Margaret's before joining the USNTDP.
Ramsey is from Minnetonka, where he played with incoming freshman Tommy Vannelli on the Skippers this past season. The 6'2" forward will play for Penticton (BCHL) next year before coming on campus.
This all comes after four incoming Gopher freshmen were drafted in the 2013 NHL Draft. Vannelli went 47th overall to the St. Louis Blues. Taylor Cammarata was taken by the Islanders with the 76th pick. Hudson Fasching fell to the 118th pick where the Los Angeles Kings picked him. Michael Brodzinski went 141st to the San Jose Sharks.
Additionally a fifth freshman, Jake Bischoff, was drafted in 2012 (also by the Islanders).
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