NHL Central Scouting released their preliminary list of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft today and several Michigan commitments are among those to keep an eye on.

Topping the list is U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 Team forward J.T. Compher. Rated an ‘A’ Skater (first round potential), Compher tore up the Under-17 Team last season and got promoted in March to the Under-18 Team, where he continued to hold his own.

Central Scouting director Dan Marr says, “He’s the most exciting player on the U.S. Under-18 team right now.”

Joining Compher as an ‘A’ Skater prospect is Dubuque (USHL) defenseman Michael Downing. The 6-foot-3, 190 pound blue liner matured quite a bit in his rookie season and is already laying the big hits early on this season.

NTDP Under-18 forward Tyler Motte is the lone ‘B’ Skater prospect for the Wolverines (potential second- and third-round picks). Motte exploded with the Under-17 Team last season and led them in scoring all the way until Compher made the jump to the Under-18 Team.  After that he struggled to finish out the season.  I imagine he will be working hard to see that doesn’t happen again.

‘C’ Skaters (fourth, fifth, and sixth round potential) making the list are Evan Allen of the NTDP Under-18 Team, Bryson Cianfrone (Ontario Junior Hockey League), and Dexter Dancs (British Columbia Hockey League).

The full list of North American skaters can be viewed here.