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58 WHL players highlight NHL Central Scouting final rankings

 

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that 58 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings in advance of the 2017 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 23 and 24 in Chicago.

Heading the list is Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man. / Brandon Wheat Kings), who was ranked first among North American skaters on both the midterm and final rankings. Joining Patrick in the top five is Michael Rasmussen (Surrey, B.C. / Tri-City Americans), ranked fifth after having moved up from sixth in the midterm rankings. Rounding out WHL representation in the top 10 is Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), ranked sixth after having advanced from eighth in the midterm rankings.

A total of 13 WHL skaters land in the top 31, including Juuso Valimaki (11th – Tri-City Americans), Kailer Yamamoto (17th – Spokane Chiefs), Henri Jokiharju (19th – Portland Winterhawks), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (21st – Spokane Chiefs), Kole Lind (23rd – Kelowna Rockets), Nick Henry (25th – Regina Pats), Aleksi Heponiemi (26th – Swift Current Broncos) and Nikita Popugaev (28th – Prince George Cougars).

Ian Scott (second – Prince Albert Raiders) and Stuart Skinner (fifth – Lethbridge Hurricanes) land in the top five amongst North American goaltenders.

The Tri-City Americans lead all WHL clubs with seven players ranked, followed by the Portland Winterhawks (five), Brandon Wheat Kings, Regina Pats and Spokane Chiefs (four each).

The WHL leads the entire Canadian Hockey League with 13 skaters ranked in the top 31, followed by the Ontario Hockey League with 11 skaters and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with three skaters.

Of the 58 WHL players listed in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, two have been nominated for WHL Awards, including Heponiemi (Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year) and Tyler Steenbergen (Brad Hornung Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year), both of the Swift Current Broncos.

At the 2016 NHL Draft, a total of 34 WHL players were selected, including four during the first round.

2017 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKINGS (NORTH AMERICA) – WHL SKATERS

Final Rk ↑ Midterm Rk Player Ht Wt Position WHL Club
1 1 PATRICK, NOLAN 6′ 2″ 198 CENTER BRANDON
5 6 RASMUSSEN, MICHAEL 6′ 6″ 215 CENTER TRI-CITY
6 8 GLASS, CODY 6′ 2″ 178 CENTER PORTLAND
11 9 VALIMAKI, JUUSO 6′ 2″ 204 DEFENSEMAN TRI-CITY
12 12 FOOTE, CALLAN 6′ 4″ 212 DEFENSEMAN KELOWNA
17 17 YAMAMOTO, KAILER 5′ 8″ 153 RIGHT WING SPOKANE
19 22 JOKIHARJU, HENRI 6′ 0″ 180 DEFENSEMAN PORTLAND
21 40 ANDERSON-DOLAN, JARET 5′ 11″ 188 CENTER SPOKANE
23 21 LIND, KOLE 6′ 1″ 178 RIGHT WING KELOWNA
25 25 HENRY, NICK 5′ 11″ 191 RIGHT WING REGINA
26 36 HEPONIEMI, ALEKSI 5′ 10″ 147 CENTER SWIFT CURRENT
28 18 POPUGAEV, NIKITA 6′ 6″ 217 LEFT WING PRINCE GEORGE
38 23 MATTHEOS, STELIO 6′ 1″ 192 RIGHT WING BRANDON
41 33 TYSZKA, JARRET 6′ 2″ 190 DEFENSEMAN SEATTLE
42 31 LESCHYSHYN, JAKE 5′ 11″ 185 CENTER REGINA
45 50 GEEKIE, MORGAN 6′ 2″ 178 CENTER TRI-CITY
49 75 BROOK, JOSH 6′ 1″ 182 DEFENSEMAN MOOSE JAW
52 70 ZABLOCKI, LANE 6′ 0″ 190 RIGHT WING RED DEER
55 63 SHAW, MASON 5′ 8″ 180 CENTER MEDICINE HAT
56 58 OLSON, KYLE 5′ 10″ 161 RIGHT WING TRI-CITY
58 49 MINULIN, ARTYOM 6′ 2″ 197 DEFENSEMAN SWIFT CURRENT
59 105 LEWIS, TY 5′ 11″ 177 LEFT WING BRANDON
62 74 FLEURY, CALE 6′ 1″ 201 DEFENSEMAN KOOTENAY
70 138 STEENBERGEN, TYLER 5′ 10″ 188 CENTER SWIFT CURRENT
77 84 COGHLAN, DYLAN 6′ 2″ 189 DEFENSEMAN TRI-CITY
82 91 BELLERIVE, JORDAN 5′ 10″ 196 CENTER LETHBRIDGE
86 87 PECKFORD, RYAN 6′ 0″ 185 LEFT WING VICTORIA
87 109 DE JONG, BRENDAN 6′ 5″ 192 DEFENSEMAN PORTLAND
90 153 WALFORD, SCOTT 6′ 2″ 193 DEFENSEMAN VICTORIA
95 199 YERYOMENKO, VLADISLAV 6′ 0″ 171 DEFENSEMAN CALGARY
103 83 PRATT, AUSTIN 6′ 2″ 226 RIGHT WING RED DEER
110 93 MOILANEN, SAMI 5′ 8″ 185 RIGHT WING SEATTLE
132 141 MCINDOE, ETHAN 6′ 1″ 171 LEFT WING SPOKANE
133 130 LEASON, BRETT 6′ 4″ 196 CENTER TRI-CITY
134 154 WARM, WILL 5′ 11″ 179 DEFENSEMAN EDMONTON
135 110 PLOUFFE, DYLAN 6′ 0″ 184 DEFENSEMAN VANCOUVER
140 119 RUBINCHIK, MARK 6′ 0″ 179 DEFENSEMAN SASKATOON
142 142 DAVIS, BRETT 6′ 1″ 178 RIGHT WING KOOTENAY
147 120 GORDA, BRAYDEN 6′ 2″ 188 DEFENSEMAN EDMONTON
149 98 SMART, JONATHAN 6′ 0″ 197 DEFENSEMAN REGINA
153 N/R KREBS, DAKOTA 6′ 4″ 200 DEFENSEMAN TRI-CITY
168 140 HALBGEWACHS, JAYDEN 5′ 8″ 157 LEFT WING MOOSE JAW
169 177 HUGHES, RYAN 5′ 7″ 151 CENTER PORTLAND
173 N/R BUKAC, DANIEL 6′ 4″ 185 DEFENSEMAN BRANDON
174 197 GRISHAKOV, ANDREI 6′ 0″ 204 LEFT WING CALGARY
176 N/R MCKENZIE, SKYLER 5′ 8″ 154 LEFT WING PORTLAND
182 133 KASTELIC, MARK 6′ 3″ 203 CENTER CALGARY
187 175 BURKE, BRAYDEN 5′ 10″ 170 LEFT WING MOOSE JAW
192 N/R KELLY, PARKER 5′ 10″ 170 CENTER PRINCE ALBERT
202 152 HAYES, ZACKARY 6′ 2″ 215 DEFENSEMAN PRINCE ALBERT
204 112 BOWEN, RYAN 6′ 2″ 170 RIGHT WING LETHBRIDGE
205 163 PATERSON, JOSH 6′ 2″ 190 CENTER SASKATOON
210 134 WEDMAN, MATTHEW 6′ 2″ 195 CENTER SEATTLE

 

2017 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKINGS (NORTH AMERICA) – WHL GOALTENDERS

Final Rk ↑ Midterm Rk Player Ht Wt Position WHL Club
3 2 SCOTT, IAN 6′ 3″ 172 GOALIE PRINCE ALBERT
5 9 SKINNER, STUART 6′ 3″ 205 GOALIE LETHBRIDGE
8 17 FERGUSON, DYLAN 6′ 1″ 189 GOALIE KAMLOOPS
15 11 HOLLETT, JORDAN 6′ 4″ 194 GOALIE REGINA
25 31 WEATHERILL, DAWSON 6′ 4″ 189 GOALIE SPOKANE

 

  • N/R = not previously listed in midterm rankings

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