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A Handful to Watch

By WBH, 01/13/20, 5:45PM CST

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Five Current Hawks on Central Scouting Midterms

NHL Central Scouting released its annual midterm ranking of prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft on Monday, including five members of the 2019/20 Waterloo Black Hawks.

Forwards Ryder Rolston, Wyatt Schingoethe, and Patrick Guzzo were each placed among the top 217 skaters in North America, while goaltenders Gabriel Carriere and Logan Stein were graded on a separate list of netminders.

Carriere and Stein are each in their second year of draft eligibility.  Splitting time in the Black Hawks’ net, they have helped Waterloo tie for the United States Hockey League’s lowest team goals-against average (2.43).

Ranked 18th among goalies, Carriere is in his first season with Waterloo.  The Ottawa, Ontario, native has 13 wins, which ties for second in the USHL.  In his 18 appearances, Carriere’s 2.67 goals-against average (7th) and .907 save percentage (8th) both stand among the league’s top ten.  He has one shutout.

Stein is 29th in Monday’s ranking, but leads the USHL in goals-against average (1.94), save percentage (.928) and shutouts (4).  He is 11-4-0 during his second campaign with the Hawks and has twice been named the USHL Goaltender of the Week, while also being selected to represent the United States on the U.S. Junior Select Team which participated in the World Junior A Challenge last month in British Columbia.

Prior to that competition, Rolston was the Black Hawks’ top point-producer and still ranks second on the team despite missing four Waterloo games for the event.  Positioned 70th among skaters, he has a team-leading 13 goals among his 26 points.  A prolific shooter, Rolston also ranks fifth in the league with 102 shots on goal.

No Black Hawk has done more timely scoring than Schingoethe, who recorded his fifth game-winning goal Saturday in a 3-2 Waterloo win against the Tri-City Storm.  Those five decisive tallies tie for the most in the league and help Schingoethe stand 132nd on the NHLCS list.  In total, he has 23 goals (10 goals, 13 assists).

Guzzo also had a game-winning score last weekend, recorded Friday during a 3-2 overtime contest at Tri-City.  With two goals that night, he now has nine this season and 17 total points.  Additionally, Guzzo is a key defensive contributor with a +12 plus/minus differential (second among Waterloo forwards).  He is #176 on Monday’s list.

Zach Michaelis – who appeared in nine games last season as a Waterloo affiliate – was also ranked Monday, taking the 174th spot.

NHL Central Scouting rankings will be revised again in April near the end of the regular season.  The 2020 NHL Draft will be conducted in Montreal June 26th and 27th.