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NAHL notebook: College commitments continue to rise, players named to NHL Central Scouting List

One thing that NAHL prides itself on is advancing players to the next level of the game. Two months into the 2022-23 season, there are 122 players committed to play D-I collegiate hockey.

St. Cloud Norsemen defenseman Chase Cheslock committed to St. Thomas in October of 2022 and is one of five current NAHL players to be graded by NHL Central Scouting.
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DALLAS — October has almost come to a close, and as we prepare to move from "spooky season" to the holiday season, we're taking a look at some of the biggest and most recent news from around the NAHL, as well as the league's October initiative.

NHL Central Scouting releases their Preliminary Players to Watch List

With the list being released, there are eight players from the NAHL were given a grade, including five who currently play in the NAHL and three alumni.

Current players

NAHL alumni

  • Aaron Pionk , Minnesota Wilderness (currently with the Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL)
  • Kaden Shahan , Chippewa Steel (currently with the Sioux City Musketeers, USHL)
  • Gavyn Thoreson , Minnesota Wilderness (currently with the Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL)

College commitments


One thing the NAHL prides itself on is advancing players to the next level of the game. To date, here are the number of collegiate commitments around the league.

  • 122 commitments so far in the 2022-23 season
  • All commitments are to D-I schools
  • The Janesville Jets have the most players in the NAHL committed with 13

Full list of NAHL college commitments

Player spotlight

For their play from Oct. 17-23, one player from each NAHL division have been awarded the Bauer Hockey Star of the Week

  • Central Division Star of the Week: Trent Wiemken , Austin Bruins
    • Wiemken helped lead the Bruins to a weekend sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats, stopping 67 of 72 shots he faced between the pipes through two games. Wiemken is 3-1-1 so far this season with a 3.10 goals against average and .876 save percentage.
  • East Division Star of the Week: Ben Muthersbaugh , New Jersey Titans
    • This past weekend was the best one for Titans forward Ben Muthersbaugh thus far. He put up three goals and an assist in the split against the Philidelphia Rebels. He has seven points through 15 games currently.
  • Midwest Division Star of the Week: Isak Posch , Minnesota Wilderness
    • Through two games, Posch stopped 52 of 53 shots between the pipes. He is 5-3-1 so far this season, and has a 1.85 goals against average and .935 save percentage.
  • South Division Star of the Week: Malte Hasselgren , Oklahoma Warriors
    • Putting up five points through two games last weekend, including a hat-trick, forward Malte Hasselgren was awarded the South Division Star of the Week. Through nine games this season, Hasselgren has nine points.

As we head into the final weekend of games in the Month of October, let's take one last look at the players who were awarded NAHL Player of the Month in their respective positions for their play in the month of Sept.

October is anti-bullying month

The NAHL has taken the month of October to promote their anti-bullying initiative, and as the month is close to wrapping up, we're taking a look at the message from athletes in the NAHL Central Division.

Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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