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    Top US players available in NHL draft

    Seth Jones, center, is expected to be a top selection in the NHL draft.
    Seth Jones, center, is expected to be a top selection in the NHL draft.

    One of the first players selected in the NHL draft Sunday will be Seth Jones, a defenseman and native Texan. He heads the list of US-born players who won’t have to wait long to hear their names called.

    A look at some of them:

    D Seth Jones

    Ht.: 6-4; Wt.: 205; Age: 18


    The son of former Boston Celtic Popeye Jones was named WHL Rookie of the Year with Portland.

    D Ian McCoshen

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    Ht.: 6-2; Wt.: 207; Age: 17; Born: Anaheim, Calif.

    After three seasons with Waterloo of the USHL, McCoshen has committed to Boston College.

    C Jimmy Lodge

    Ht.: 6-0; Wt.: 166; Age: 18; Born: West Chester, Pa.

    Scouts love his skating ability, but Lodge (67 points for Saginaw of OHL) needs to add weight.

    RW Ryan Hartman


    Ht.: 5-11; Wt.: 185; Age: 18; Born: Hilton Head, S.C.

    Averaged more than a point per game in OHL (Plymouth) and has been a fixture at Team USA camp.

    LW Kerby Rychel

    Ht.: 6-1; Wt.: 205; Age: 18; Born: Torrance, Calif.

    In 168 career games with Windsor (OHL), Rychel totaled 174 points and 174 penalty minutes.

    G Cal Peterson

    Ht.: 6-1; Wt.: 175; Age: 18; Born: Waterloo, Iowa


    Playing for hometown team in USHL, Peterson won 21 of 33 decisions and had a .906 save percentage.