|(above) The 2013 NHL Draft will held in New Jersey|
The NHL's Central Scouting released their 2013 Mid-Term Rankings of draft prospects and several players with DU ties made the list. Of course making the list and even being ranked fairly highly is no guarantee of getting drafted next summer. Last year former DU player Dakota Mermis was ranked #77 and DU forward Quentin Shore was #107 and neither player was selected six months later.
Players can use the second half of the season to propel themselves up the list as Paul Stastny did in 2005.
DU recruit Trevor Moore [5'10 175 lbs.] is ranked #108. With 15 goals and 23 assists in just 35 games, he is having a sensational season with the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. Look for Moore to move up in the final rankings, but obviously his size may be a factor against going in the first few rounds.
Next on the list with DU ties is defenseman Will Butcher [5' 10 191 lbs.] at #170. At one point, Butcher was listed on several NHL Mock Drafts as a late first round selection last year. Even though he's having a very nice season with the USNDP Under 18 team [34 games, 6 goals, 13 assists].
Finally at #186 is Quentin Shore. Shore has been on fire in the first five games of 2013 and should move up the list. If he can keep it up for the remainder of the season, he may be drafted.
Some will be surprised that DU recruit Gage Ausmus [6'1 210 lbs.] was not listed. His size is within NHL specs but a lack of goals this season, probably hurt his ranking.