42 WHL PLAYERS IDENTIFIED BY NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING

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Calgary, AB – NHL Central Scouting issued its preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, with 39 Western Hockey League skaters and three WHL goaltenders making the list.NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories.

The “A” rating indicates a 1st Round candidate, a “B” rating indicates a 2nd/3rd Round candidate, and a “C” rating indicates a 4th/5th/6thRound candidate. An “LV” rating indicates Limited Viewing of players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.Five WHL players were assigned an “A” rating, including Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Carlo of the Tri-City Americans, Jansen Harkins of the Prince George Cougars and 2013-14 WHL Rookie of the Year Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets.In addition, 13 WHL skaters were assigned “B” ratings while 21 WHL skaters were given “C” ratings.  Three WHL goaltenders appear on the list, including Taz Burman of the Red Deer Rebels, Nick McBride of the Prince Albert Raiders and Jordan Papirny of the Brandon Wheat Kings. All three WHL goaltenders were assigned “C” ratings.

 

2015 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PRELIMINARY PLAYERS TO WATCH – WHL PLAYERS

 

A

MATHEW

BARZAL

26-May-97

SEATTLE

WHL

5′ 11.25″

175

C

R

A

PAUL

BITTNER

4-Nov-96

PORTLAND

WHL

6′ 4.0″

206

LW

L

A

BRANDON

CARLO

26-Nov-96

TRI-CITY

WHL

6′ 4.75″

198

D

R

A

JANSEN

HARKINS

23-May-97

PRINCE GEORGE

WHL

6′ 0.75″

177

C

L

A

NICK

MERKLEY

23-May-97

KELOWNA

WHL

5′ 10.75″

191

C

R

B

ALEXANDER

BAER

25-Aug-97

VANCOUVER

WHL

5′ 9.5″

167

C

R

B

ETHAN

BEAR

26-Jun-97

SEATTLE

WHL

5′ 11.0″

200

D

R

B

JAKE

DeBRUSK

17-Oct-96

SWIFT CURRENT

WHL

5′ 11.5″

171

LW

L

B

JESSE

GABRIELLE

17-Jun-97

BRANDON

WHL

5′ 10.75″

205

LW

L

B

REID

GARDINER

19-Jan-96

PRINCE ALBERT

WHL

5′ 10.5″

187

C/RW

R

B

GLENN

GAWDIN

25-Mar-97

SWIFT CURRENT

WHL

6′ 0.75″

188

C

R

B

RYAN

GROPP

16-Sep-96

SEATTLE

WHL

6′ 2.0″

184

LW

L

B

NOAH

JUULSEN

2-Apr-97

EVERETT

WHL

6′ 1.25″

175

D

R

B

ADAM

MUSIL

26-Mar-97

RED DEER

WHL

6′ 2.5″

198

C

R

B

RYAN

PILON

10-Oct-96

BRANDON

WHL

6′ 2.0″

206

D

L

B

IVAN

PROVOROV

13-Jan-97

BRANDON

WHL

6′ 0.0″

191

D

L

B

PARKER

WOTHERSPOON

24-Aug-97

TRI-CITY

WHL

6′ 0.25″

171

D

L

B

ZACHARY

ZBOROSKY

15-Oct-96

KOOTENAY

WHL

5′ 11.0″

175

C

R

C

TAZ

BURMAN

16-Feb-97

RED DEER

WHL

6′ 0.25″

165

G

L

C

CARTER

COCHRANE

18-Oct-96

EVERETT

WHL

5′ 10.5″

189

D

L

C

KEVIN

DAVIS

14-Mar-97

EVERETT

WHL

5′ 11.75″

183

D

R

C

GIORGIO

ESTEPHAN

3-Feb-97

LETHBRIDGE

WHL

6′ 0.0″

188

C

R

C

JOE

GATENBY

15-May-97

KELOWNA

WHL

6′ 0.25″

176

D

R

C

MATTEO

GENNARO

30-Mar-97

PRINCE ALBERT

WHL

6′ 2.25″

187

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