The National Hockey League Central Scouting Department released their annual mid-term rankings today, featuring the Mississauga Steelheads’ Owen Tippett, Nicolas Hague and Shaw Boomhower. Tippett is named the fourth ranked skater among North American players, Hague follows at 11th, and Boomhower is ranked 123rd. In addition, Steelheads prospects Phillip Lagunov (currently playing in Burlington, OJHL) is listed 171st; while goaltender Cayden Primeau (currently playing in Lincoln, USHL) is listed as the fourth-ranked goalie in North America.
Tippett, the Steelheads fourth overall selection in 2015, has featured as an ‘A’-rated prospect all season. The Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget graduate is tied for the OHL lead in goals with the Erie Otters’ Alex Debrincat, having accounted for a team-leading 34 goals in 41 games in 2016 – 17. Tippett was named as an alternate captain for Team Cherry in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game yesterday.
Hague, a former 2nd round selection of the Mississauga Steelheads, has also been featured as an ‘A’-rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting all season. The Kitchener, ON native, and 2015-16 Bobby Smith Trophy recipient as OHL Scholastic Player of the Year, leads all first-time NHL-Draft eligible OHL defensemen in goals, scoring 14 tallies in 41 games this season. Hague will join Owen Tippett at the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City, serving as an alternate captain for Team Orr.
Boomhower, a graduate from the Quinte Red Devils Hockey Club, signed with the Steelheads as a free agent this past off-season. The Steelheads first-year forward has recorded 10 points in 37 games, including five goals.
Boomhower, Hague, Tippett & the rest of the Steelheads will return to action in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre on Friday, January 27th versus the Barrie Colts. Tickets are still available here.