Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pitlick moves up in rankings

Minnesota State freshman forward Tyler Pitlick's future in college hockey may still be in doubt, but his professional future keeps getting brighter. On Wednesday, the NHL's Central Scouting Service released its final rankings of draft-eligible players, and Pitlick moved up three spots, to No. 18, on the list of North American skaters (the CSS has separate lists for goaltenders and European players).

Pitlick ranked 21st when the service put out its mid-season rankings. Just two college-related players are listed ahead of him, North Dakota recruit Derek Forbort (No. 9) and Minnesota recruit Nick Bjugstad (No. 13)

Two Minnesota State recruits are on the list.

Woodbury senior forward Max Gaede jumped up 40 spots from the midterm rankings to No. 104. Gaede, who is expected to join the Mavericks in the fall of 2011, had 19 goals and 17 assists in 25 high school games this past season.

Centennial defenseman Brett Stern is ranked No. 145, a nine-point drop from the midseason. Stern, another 2011 freshman, had nine goals and 16 assists in 25 high school games.

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