NHL Central Scouting has released its preliminary player rankings and nine BCHLers are included in the list.
Overall, there are 19 players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) that are rated, with the Ontario Junior Hockey League having five players listed.
The BCHL players rated are as follows:
Liam Finlay, F, Vernon Vipers
Austin Cho, D, Vernon Vipers
Ty Westgard, F, Surrey Eagles
Kyle Betts, F, Powell River Kings
Tyson Jost, F, Penticton Vees
Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton Vees
Colin Grannary, F, Merritt Centennials
Kohen Olischefski, F, Chilliwack Chiefs
Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack Chiefs
Both Jost and Fabbro are currently listed as ‘A’ prospects, indicating potential first or second-round picks at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. All other BCHLers listed got a ‘C’ prospect grade, indicating a possible fourth-round pick or lower.
There were also two BCHL graduates listed by Central Scouting. Former Chilliwack Chiefs defenceman Vincent Desharnais, now a freshman at Providence College, got a mention as did Powell River Kings alum Carmine Buono who is in his freshman campaign at the University of Massachusetts.
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 24 and 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.