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By Travis Morgan, 10/19/21, 2:45PM CDT


(Sioux City, IA) – NHL Central Scouting has placed four current Musketeers and two affiliate players on their watch list for the 2022 NHL Draft. All six players are listed as “C” rated prospects, which means they are a projected to be selected in the 4th, 5th, or 6th round in the 2022 NHL Draft.

The four players currently skating for Sioux City are Garrett Brown, Dylan James, Nick Pierre, and Connor Welsh. James is a forward that has accounted for 2 goals and 2 assists through Sioux City’s first six games. James is set to play college hockey for North Dakota. Forward Nick Pierre has accounted for three points this year and is committed to play for the University of Wisconsin. Forward Connor Welsh has just returned from injury, but he will be a difference maker and has committed to play for Boston College. Brown is also a key addition to this year’s blue line and has added one assist in the first six games. He is committed to play his college hockey at the University of Denver. The two affiliates that made the list are William Hughes of Dexter Southfield School in Massachusetts, and Finn Loftus of Blaine High School in Minnesota. Both are expected to play for Sioux City next season, even if they are taken in the NHL Draft.

Musketeers General Manager Andy Johnson is not only excited for the organization but certainly for the young men. "It's a nice stick-tap to these six players for being recognized by NHL Central Scouting as players to watch for the 2021-22 season. Our organization's philosophy has always been about developing players and helping them advance to the game's highest level and we've been fortunate to have a lot of success doing so recently,” Johnson said. “It's early in the process for these four current players and two future Musketeers, but it's an honor to be recognized and they all know the hard work has only begun."