The United States Premier Hockey League and its Tier-2 National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) is proud to announce that four of its players have been listed on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players To Watch List, which was issued on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The dates and location of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft are to be determined, and the event will be held either in person or by conference call following the conclusion of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Players born between January 1, 2001, and September 15, 2003, are eligible for selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
The USPHL had more players listed for 2021 than the North American Hockey League, the Central Canada Hockey League, the Ontario Junior Hockey League, or the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Nearly every other Canadian Jr. A league had no players listed.
The USPHL Players listed in no particular order include:
Billy Norcross, Islanders Hockey Club. Forward, Lynn, Mass., 6’2/180 lbs.
Norcross is a Boston College commit and a “hard-working forward who creates havoc on the forecheck,” said Islanders Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas.
Johan Rosenquist, Islanders Hockey Club. Forward, Naples, Fla., 6’2/190 lbs.
“A late ‘02 birth year forward who has come up in the IHC program, making stops on the U16 and Premier teams before cementing himself in the NCDC lineup.”
Logan Morrell, Islanders Hockey Club. Forward, Mesa, Ariz. 6’2/190 lbs.
“Logan is an ‘03 forward who’s a big smooth-skating power forward who has great vision and skill,” said Kyrkostas. “We are super excited as a team and league to have these players make the first Central Scouting draft list. This just shows just how high our league quality has become.”
Evan Orloff, Rockets Hockey Club. Defense, Kensington, Md, 6’3/195 lbs.
Orloff has come up through the USPHL from the 16U Division, where he was an All-Star last year, to the NCDC.
Additional alumni of USPHL Organizations listed include:
Gleb Veremyev, Lincoln Stars. Forward
Veremyev played two full seasons for the Rockets Hockey Club in the USPHL 15U and 16U Divisions, registering more than 70 points in league play and committing to Penn State University while with the Rockets.
Nate Benoit, Mount St. Charles Academy. Defense
Benoit played two seasons of USPHL Midget Hockey (15U and 16U) for the Northern Cyclones. He racked up more than 50 regular season and playoff points for these teams, and also saw a three-game NCDC call-up in 2018-19.
Jack Pascucci, Governor's Academy. Defense
Pascucci played for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs' USPHL 16U team in 2018-19, posting 2-9-11 in 29 league games.
Arseni Sergeyev, Omaha Lancers. Goaltender
Sergeyev appeared in four games for the Rockets Hockey Club NCDC team in 2019-20, registering a .926 save percentage.
Cameron MacDonald, Saint John Sea Dogs. Forward
MacDonald played one game for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers' NCDC team in 2018-19, after being drafted in the 2018 NCDC Futures Draft by Connecticut. MacDonald scored a sharp-angle goal in his only NCDC action.
Cooper Flinton, St. Paul's School. Forward
Flinton played for the Northern Cyclones' 16U Prep (non-league) squad.
Peter Reynolds, Saint John Sea Dogs. Forward
Reynolds played youth hockey for the Islanders Hockey Club.