November 14, 2013, Prince Albert SK (ISN) – Two Prince Albert Raider forwards, Leon Draisaitl and Reid Gardiner, have both been listed on the November “Players to Watch” list produced by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau.
Draisaitl holds an “A” rating, indicating that Central Scouting projects he will be a first round draft pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Cologne native currently leads the Raiders in goals, with 10, assists, with 19 and points, with 29 on the season. The 6’2″, 208-pound pivot also leads the team in power play assists, with 9 and both shootout game winners on the season.
Gardiner makes the list after being left off the pre-season edition from Central Scouting. Currently tabbed as a “C” player, projected to go between the 4th and 6th rounds, the Humboldt product sits second on the team with 9 goals and third with 20 points. The 5’10”, 185-pound forward has already tied his point total from his 16-year-old season, where he scored 20 points in 54 games.
Both players were recently listed in TSN Analyst Craig Button’s November rankings, with Draisaitl at the 15th overall spot and Gardiner at 60.
Draisaitl and Gardiner will go head to head with fellow top prospect Sam Reinhart as the Kootenay Ice come to town tomorrow night to face the Raiders at 7:00 PM.