Monday, January 21, 2019

Many WHL'ers In Latest List of NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Draft Rankings

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The Western Hockey League announced today 48 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings in advance of the 2019 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 21-22 in Vancouver, B.C.

Headlining the list are three WHL players among the top four skaters in North America, led by forward Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades) who is ranked second. Joining Dach in the top four are forward Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), and defenceman Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C. / Vancouver Giants). Joining the trio in the top 10 list of North American skaters is Kootenay ICE captain Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Kootenay ICE), who is ranked eighth. Mads Sogaard (Aalborg, Denmark / Medicine Hat Tigers) is the highest-ranked WHL net minder, ranked third among North American goaltenders.

Including, Dach, Cozens, Byram, and Krebs, nine WHL players are ranked inside the Top 31, including defenceman Lassi Thomson (14th – Tempere, Finland / Kelowna Rockets), forward Brett Leason (17th – Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders), defenceman Matthew Robertson (18th – Sherwood Park, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings), forward Nolan Foote (26th– Engelwood, Colo. / Kelowna Rockets), and defenceman Kaedan Korczak (31st – Yorkton, Sask. / Kelowna Rockets).

The Kelowna Rockets lead all WHL clubs with six players ranked. In addition to Thomson, Foote, and Korczak, forwards Kyle Topping (195th – Salt Spring Island, B.C.), Alex Swetlikoff (217th – Kelowna, B.C.), and goaltender Roman Basran (11th – Vancouver, B.C.) find a place on the NHL radar. The Edmonton Oil Kings sit just behind the Rockets with five players named in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings. Four teams have a trio of players on the rankings while 10 more have a pair of players featured in the rankings.

Overall the list includes 27 forwards, 14 defencemen, and seven goaltenders from the WHL, representing 20 of the 22 WHL member Clubs. The Central Division leads all divisions with 17 players appearing on the list, while the 48 prospects are split evenly between the conferences, each claiming 24 as their own.

Of the 48 players listed in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings, 15 will participate at the 2019 Top Prospects game in Red Deer on January 23  


Midterm RankPlayerHeightWeightPositionAmateur Club
2Kirby Dach5’10.25”199CentreSaskatoon
3Dylan Cozens6’3.0”181CentreLethbridge
4Bowen Byram6’0.5”194DefencemanVancouver
8Peyton Krebs5’11.25”180CentreKootenay
14Lassi Thomson6’0”188DefencemanKelowna
17Brett Leason6’3.75”200CentrePrince Albert
18Matthew Robertson6’3.0”201DefencemanEdmonton
26Nolan Foote6’3.5”190Left WingKelowna
31Kaedan Korczak6’2.75”192DefencemanKelowna
37Oleg Zaytsev6’0.75186CentreRed Deer
44Adam Beckman6’0.5”168Left WingSpokane
66Reece Newkirk5’10.75”172CentrePortland
67Josh Williams6’1.0”194Right WingEdmonton
71Quinn Schmiemann6’1.75”185DefencemanKamloops
73Brayden Tracey6’0”177Left WingMoose Jaw
77Aliaksei Protas6’4.75”205CentrePrince Albert
78Jake Lee6’1.75”216DefencemanSeattle
81Sasha Mutala6’0.5”195Right WingTri-City
82Luke Toporowski5’10.75”179CentreSpokane
85Gianni Fairbrother5’11.75”194DefencemanEverett
122Luka Burzan6’0”184Right WingBrandon
128Mitchell Brown6’3.0”205DefencemanTri-City
129Henrik Rybinski6’0.5”176Right WingSeattle
132Krystof Hrabik6’4.25”218CentreTri-City
144John Ludvig6’0.5”196DefencemanPortland
145Jackson Van De Leest6’6.25”222DefencemanCalgary
151Vladimir Alistrov6’1.75”175Left WingEdmonton
156Brett Kemp6’0.5”162CentreMedicine Hat
159David Kope6’3.75”170Right WingEdmonton
160Cole Muir6’2.5”205CentreKootenay
162Martin Lang5’10.75”163Right WingKamloops
172Connor Horning6’2.75”188DefencemanSwift Current
175Cole Moberg6’2.5”187DefencemanPrince George
182Alex Morozoff5’11.75”184CentreRed Deer
195Kyle Topping5’11.25”185CentreKelowna
196Mark Kastelic6’3.5”213CentreCalgary
209Emil Malysjev6’3.0”187DefencemanSaskatoon
211Logan Barlage6’3.75”202CentreLethbridge
217Alex Swetlikoff6’2.5”188CentreKelowna
LVJacson Alexander5’9.25”178DefencemanEdmonton
LVDillon Hamaliuk6’2.75”190Left WingSeattle

For the complete list, CLICK HERE.


Midterm RankPlayerHeightWeightPositionAmateur Club
3Mads Sogaard6’6.75”192GoaltenderMedicine Hat
5Taylor Gauthier6’1.0”193GoaltenderPrince George
6Trent Miner6’0.5”182GoaltenderVancouver
11Roman Basran6’1.5”195GoaltenderKelowna
13Ethan Anders6’0.75”172GoaltenderRed Deer
17Dustin Wolf5’11.5”156GoaltenderEverett
21Jesse Makaj6’2.75”209GoaltenderKootenay


Anonymous said...

Zero Regina Pats. The rebuild is going great it appears

Anonymous said...

The stupidity by some on here leaves one speechless.