January 13, 2014, Brandon (ISN) – The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting mid term rankings have been released and three members of the Brandon Wheat Kings were included.
In the list of North American skaters, John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk and Richard Nejezchleb are ranked 34th, 42nd and 114th overall.
A 17-year old Edmonton product, Quenneville currently leads the Wheat Kings in scoring with 21 goals and 43 points in 43 games, 17-year old Hawryluk of Roblin, Manitoba is second with 41 points, including thirteen goals in 38 games while Nejezchleb has 37 points, including a team leading 23 goals in 41 games.
A 19-year old native of the Czech Republic, Nejezchleb was one of four Wheat Kings to attend an NHL Training Camp last September as he participated in the Penguins’ camp in Pittsburgh.
A former first round draft choice of the Wheat Kings in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, the 6’2″ 210 lb Nejezchleb has scored 34 goals and 61 points in 76 career games with Brandon.
A second round bantam draft choice in 2011, the 5’10” 190 lb. Hawryluk has scored 31 goals and 84 points in 99 career games while Quenneville, a 6’1″ 186 lb center who was a former third round bantam pick has 62 points, including 29 goals in 90 career WHL games.
Kingston’s Samuel Bennett has taken over top spot in the mid-term rankings while Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart has slipped to number four. The other WHL star in the top four is Prince Albert’s Leon Draisaitl at number two.
Quenneville, Hawryluk, Nejezchleb and the Wheat Kings will close out a 5-game homestand this Friday night when they play host to the Eastern Division leading Swift Current Broncos at Westman Communications Group Place.
Tickets to the game – presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries – are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at http://tickets.keystonecentre.com
Brandon enters the week with a record of 23-17-4-0 after splitting a 2-game weekend series with the visiting Prince Albert Raider