Eichel, Hanifin lead NHL Scouting preliminary list

The NHL Central Scouting Service today unveiled its "Players to Watch" list, providing the first evaluations for the draft eligible class ahead of the 2015 NHL Draft.

To little surprise, a few local products checked in with "A" grades, including North Chelmsford native and Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, who is projected as a top five selection by many draft observers. Former St. Sebastian's defenseman and Norwood native Noah Hanifin (Boston College) also collected an A grade, as did former Noble & Greenough center Colin White (U.S. NTDP).

"A" grades are assigned to prospects expected to be selected in the first round, B for second through third round picks and C grades given to players who are likely to be taken between the fourth and sixth rounds.

On current MIAA player received mention as well, as recent Northeastern commit and BC High defenseman Ryan Shea holds a C grade. Former Malden Catholic turned U.S.A. U-18 defenseman Casey Fitzgerald garnered a B grade.

Here's a list of the New England-based skaters appearing on the preliminary ranking:

"A" Grade:

Jack Eichel, Boston University (North Chelmsford, Mass.), 6-2, 195, C

Noah Hanifin, Boston College (St. Sebastian's - Norwood, Mass.), 6-2, 201, D

Colin White, U.S.A. U-18 (Noble & Greenough - Hanover, Mass.), 6-0, 183, C

"B" Grade:

Taggart Corriveau, Westminster (Conn.), 6-1, 176, RW

Casey Fitzgerald, U.S.A U-18 (Malden Catholic - North Reading, Mass.), 5-10.5, 186, D

Erik Foley, Cedar Rapids - USHL (Mansfield High), 5-11.5, 185, LW

A.J. Greer, Boston University (Kimball Union Academy), 6-2.5, 204, LW

"C" Grade:

David Cotton, Cushing Academy, 6-2.5, 200, C

Liam Darcy, Berwick Academy, 5-10.5, 175, D

Trevin Kozlowski, The Gunnery, 6-3.75, 186, G

John McDermott, Westminster (Conn.), 6-1.25, 185, C

Shane Sellar, Canterbury, 6-1.25, 186, LW

Eric Shaw, Middlesex School, 6-2, 215, C

Ryan Shea, BC High (Milton, Mass.), 6-0, 168, D

Will Somers, Hotchkiss School, 6-4, 228, LW

Luke Stevens, Noble & Greenough (Duxbury High), 6-3.75, 184, LW

Spenser Young, Dubuque - USHL (Phillips Exeter - Brentwood, N.H.), 5-9.75, 177, D