The Merrimack men’s hockey program saw five players or recruits ranked in NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings, which were unveiled on Monday. NHL Central Scouting scouts and ranks players for the upcoming NHL Draft, which will be held this June.
Topping the list was freshman defenseman Zach Uens, who was ranked No. 83 among North American skaters. In 21 games this season the 18-year-old has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) from the blue line and leads all defensemen on the team with 44 shots on goal. Fellow freshman defenseman Declan Carlile, 19, has 13 points in 21 games (2 goals, 11 assists) and is Uens’ partner on defense and was ranked No. 209 among North American skaters. Uens and Carlile were also D partners in junior hockey two seasons ago with the Wellington Dukes (OJHL).
Merrimack goaltender Jere Huhtamaa was ranked No. 26 among goaltenders. The Helsinki native has a 3.40 GAA and .863 save percentage this season, but those numbers are skewed a bit by early-season struggles. Since Oct. 25 (his first appearance after the Wisconsin game), Huhtamaa has a 2.85 GAA.
Recruit Alex Jefferies (Gunnery) was ranked No. 98 among North American skaters. Jefferies, a winger, has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in just 13 games for Gunnery this season. Mark Hillier (St. Andrew’s), a fellow Merrimack recruit, was ranked No. 197 among North American skaters. Hillier has 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists) in 23 games for SAC this season.
Merrimack Players Ranked by NHL Central Scouting
83. Zach Uens (D)
98. Alex Jefferies (F)
197. Mark Hillier (F)
209. Declan Carlile (D)
26. Jere Huhtamaa (G)