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Top prospects Connor, Boeser receive USHL honors

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Forwards Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms and Brock Boeser of the Waterloo Black Hawks were among the top 2015 NHL Draft prospects named Thursday to the 2014-15 All-United States Hockey League First Team.

Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 draft, had been named USHL player of the year on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound left wing led the USHL with 80 points in 56 games, and his 34 goals were fourth. He is committed to play at the University of Michigan next season.

Boeser, No. 27 on Central Scouting's final ranking, tied for the USHL lead with 35 goals and was third in scoring with 68 points. The 6-foot, 191-pound right wing, who was named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team last week, is committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season.

Other 2015 draft prospects named to the First Team are defensemen Neal Pionk of the Sioux City Musketeers and Hayden Shaw of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and goaltender Eric Schierhorn of the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Tri-City Storm forward Chris Wilkie, No. 113 on Central Scouting's final ranking, was named to the Second Team. Joining him were 2015 draft prospects forward Seamus Malone of Dubuque, Tri-City defenseman Robert Nardella and Muskegon defenseman Christian Wolanin.

Among those named to the Third Team was Omaha Lancers forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, No. 31 on Central Scouting's final ranking. The 6-1, 190-pound right wing led Omaha with 53 points. Other 2015 draft prospects on the Third Team are Chicago Steel forward Mason Bergh, defensemen Corey Schueneman (Muskegon) and James Schuldt (Omaha), and Waterloo goaltender Cale Morris, who is No. 15 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goalies.

In addition, forwards Kieffer Bellows of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Auston Matthews of the United States National Team Development Program were named to the Third Team. They are eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft. Bellows was named the USHL Rookie of the Year last week; he was fifth in the league with 33 goals. Matthews, expected to be the top pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, led the USNTDP with 20 goals and 48 points in 24 USHL games.

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