Lumberjacks: Egor Afanasyev, John Farinacci, Hunter Skinner on NHL’s Central Scouting ListNovember 12, 2018
NHL Central Scouting has released their Updated Players to Watch List for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Included in the list are three members of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Below is a simplified legend for Central Scouting’s ranking system:
A Rating – First Round Candidate
B Rating – Second or Third Round Candidate
C Rating – Fourth, Fifth or Sixth Round Candidate
Egor Afanasyev – B
The first member of the Lumberjacks listed on Central Scouting’s list is Egor Afanasyev. Given a B-rating and listed just one slot below Trevor Zegras, the last A-ranked player on the list, Afanasyev has made strides this season in his second season in the USHL. Scoring six goals and 14 points in 45 games in his first season in the USHL with Muskegon last season, Afanasyev had already eclipsed his career-highs in goals and points with eight and 15 respectively in only 12 games this season.
See our interview with Egor Afanasyev earlier this season below!
John Farinacci – B
The second Muskegon player listed in Central Scouting’s list was forward John Farinacci. The Chatham, New Jersey-native played in two games with Muskegon last season and failed to record a point in either contest. He did manage to score two goals and three points in five games with the US National U-17 Team, but he would have to wait until the 2018-19 season to record his first points as a Lumberjack.
In two games this season, Farinacci already has two goals and three points and has made strides. The right-shooting forward is currently listed as a B-ranked player which would make him a potential second or third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Hunter Skinner – C
The final Lumberjacks’ player listed on Central Scouting’s list is defenderHunter Skinner. The 17-year-old played in 31 games in Muskegon last season and failed to record a single point. This season, however, he’s stepped up in a big way for the Lumberjacks. Skinner has already recorded one goal and six points in 10 games. Though he’s only ranked as a C-prospect on Central Scouting’s list right now, he has the potential to raise his stock this season if he can continue to produce points while building on his 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame.