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Four Pats on Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that 57 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings in advance of the 2017 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 23 to 24 in Chicago.

Heading the list is Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, MB / Brandon Wheat Kings), ranked first among North American skaters. Michael Rasmussen (sixth – Tri-City Americans), Cody Glass (eighth – Portland Winterhawks) and Jusso Valimaki (ninth – Tri-City Americans) join Patrick in representing the WHL amongst the top 10 North American skaters.

A total of 12 WHL skaters land in the top 31, including Cal Foote (12th – Kelowna Rockets), Kailer Yamamoto (17th – Spokane Chiefs), Nikita Popugaev (18th – Prince George Cougars), Kole Lind (21st – Kelowna Rockets), Henri Jokiharju (22nd – Portland Winterhawks), Stelio Mattheos (23rd – Brandon Wheat Kings), Nick Henry (25th – Regina Pats) and Jake Leschyshyn (31st – Regina Pats).

Pats defenceman Jonathan Smart came in at #98.

Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders) is ranked second amongst North American goaltenders. The Pats Jordan Hollett was number 11.

The Tri-City Americans lead all WHL clubs with six players ranked, followed by the Spokane Chiefs (five) and Regina Pats (four).

The WHL leads the entire Canadian Hockey League with 12 skaters ranked in the top 31, followed by the Ontario Hockey League with 11 skaters and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with two skaters.

Of the 57 WHL players listed in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings, 15 will participate in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, scheduled for January 30 in Quebec City.

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

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

Rank Last Name First Name Team League Height Weight Pos
1 PATRICK NOLAN BRANDON WHL 6’2.75″ 198 C
6 RASMUSSEN MICHAEL TRI-CITY WHL 6’5.75” 215 C
8 GLASS CODY PORTLAND WHL 6’1.75” 180 C
9 VALIMAKI JUUSO TRI-CITY WHL 6’1.5” 204 D
12 FOOTE CAL KELOWNA WHL 6’3.5” 213 D
17 YAMAMOTO KAILER SPOKANE WHL 5’7.5” 153 RW
18 POPUGAEV NIKITA PRINCE GEORGE WHL 6’5.5” 204 LW
21 LIND KOLE KELOWNA WHL 6’1.0” 176 RW
22 JOKIHARJU HENRI PORTLAND WHL 5’11.75” 176 D
23 MATTHEOS STELIO BRANDON WHL 6’0.75” 190 RW
25 HENRY NICK REGINA WHL 5’10.75” 191 RW
31 LESCHYSHYN JAKE REGINA WHL 5’1-.75” 184 C
33 TYSZKA JARRET SEATTLE WHL 6’2.25” 190 D
36 HEPONIEMI ALEKSI SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5’9.75” 147 C
40 ANDERSON-DOLAN JARET SPOKANE WHL 5’11.0” 188 C
49 MINULIN ARTYOM SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6’2.25” 202 D
50 GEEKIE MORGAN TRI-CITY WHL 6’2.25” 178 C
58 OLSON KYLE TRI-CITY WHL 5’10.5” 161 RW
63 SHAW MASON MEDICINE HAT WHL 5’8.5” 180 C
70 ZABLOCKI LANE RED DEER WHL 5’11.5” 190 RW
74 FLEURY CALE KOOTENAY WHL 6’1.25” 203 D
75 BROOK JOSH MOOSE JAW WHL 6’1.0” 182 D
83 PRATT AUSTIN RED DEER WHL 6’2.25” 226 RW
84 COGHLAN DYLAN TRI-CITY WHL 6’2.0” 189 D
87 PECKFORD RYAN VICTORIA WHL 6’0.0” 185 LW
91 BELLERIVE JORDY LETHBRIDGE WHL 5’9.75” 196 C
93 MOILANEN SAMI SEATTLE WHL 5’8.5” 185 RW
98 SMART JONATHAN REGINA WHL 6’0.0” 197 D
105 LEWIS TY BRANDON WHL 5’11.0” 177 LW
109 DE JONGE BRENDAN PORTLAND WHL 6’5.25” 192 D
110 PLOUFFE DYLAN VANCOUVER WHL 5’11.75” 184 D
112 BOWEN RYAN LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’1.75” 170 RW
119 RUBINCHIK MARK SASKATOON WHL 5’11.75” 179 D
120 GORDA BRAYDEN EDMONTON WHL 6’1.75” 188 D
130 LEASON BRETT TRI-CITY WHL 6’3.75” 196 C
133 KASTELIC MARK CALGARY WHL 6’3.0” 203 C
134 WEDMAN MATTHEW SEATTLE WHL 6’2.5” 195 C
138 STEENBERGEN TYLER SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5’10.25” 188 C
140 HALBGEWACHS JAYDEN MOOSE JAW WHL 5’7.5” 157 C
141 MCINDOE ETHAN SPOKANE WHL 6’0.75” 171 LW
142 DAVIS BRETT KOOTENAY WHL 6’0.75” 178 RW
152 HAYES ZACKARY PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6’2.0” 215 D
153 WALFORD SCOTT VICTORIA WHL 6’1.5” 193 D
154 WARM WILL EDMONTON WHL 5’11.25” 179 D
163 PATERSON JOSH SASKATOOON WHL 6’1.5” 190 C
167 RUBINS KRISTIANS MEDICINE HAT WHL 6’4.0” 216 D
175 BURKE BRAYDEN MOOSE JAW WHL 5’9.75” 170 LW
181 HOLT DAWSON VANCOUVER WHL 5’10.75” 187 C
190 SEMCHUK BRENDAN VANCOUVER WHL 5’11.0” 178 RW
197 GRISHAKOV ANDREI CALGARY WHL 6’0.5” 204 LW
199 YERYOMENKO VLADISLAV CALGARY WHL 5’11.5” 171 D
LV MCGREW JACOB SPOKANE WHL 5’9.75” 190 RW


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

Rank Last Name First Name Team League Height Weight C
2 SCOTT IAN PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6’3.25” 174 L
9 SKINNER STUART LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’3.5” 209 L
11 HOLLETT JORDAN REGINA WHL 6’4.0” 194 L
17 FERGUSON DYLAN KAMLOOPS WHL 6’1.25” 189 L
31 WEATHERILL DAWSON SPOKANE WHL 6’4.5” 189 L

For the complete list, CLICK HERE.

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