52 WHL Players Highlight NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List

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Nolan Patrick

Calgary, AB – NHL Central Scouting issued its preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft earlier today with 52 WHL players making the grade.

NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories.  The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate. An ‘LV’ rating indicates Limited Viewing of injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

Five WHL skaters were assigned an ‘A’ rating, including Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Cal Foote of the Kelowna Rockets, Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs, and Michael Rasmussen and Juuso Valimaki, both of the Tri-City Americans.

In addition, 12 WHL skaters were assigned ‘B’ ratings while 29 WHL skaters were given ‘C’ ratings.

Six WHL goaltenders also made the list, including Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders, Zachary Sawchenko and Brody Willms of the Moose Jaw Warriors, Jordan Hollett of the Regina Pats and Evan Sarthou of the Tri-City Americans. Skinner was the lone goaltender to receive an ‘A’ rating, while Scott was the only netminder to be given a ‘B’ rating. Sawchenko, Willms, Hollett and Sarthou all received ‘C’ ratings.

2017 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ – WHL PLAYERS

PTW Last Name First Name Team League Height Weight Pos
A PATRICK NOLAN BRANDON WHL 6’2.75″ 198 C
A FOOTE CAL KELOWNA WHL 6’3.5″ 213 D
A SKINNER STUART LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’3.5″ 209 G
A YAMAMOTO KAILER SPOKANE WHL 5’7.5″ 153 RW
A RASMUSSEN MICHAEL TRI-CITY WHL 6’5.75″ 215 C
A VALIMAKI JUUSO TRI-CITY WHL 6’1.5″ 204 D
B MATTHEOS STELIO BRANDON WHL 6’0.75″ 190 C
B GORDA BRAYDEN EDMONTON WHL 6’1.75″ 188 D
B LIND KOLE KELOWNA WHL 6’1.0″ 176 RW
B FLEURY CALE KOOTENAY WHL 6’1.25″ 203 D
B POPUGAEV NIKITA MOOSE JAW WHL 6’5.5″ 204 LW
B JOKIHARJU HENRI PORTLAND WHL 5’11.75″ 176 D
B SCOTT IAN PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6’3.25″ 174 G
B LESCHYSHYN JAKE REGINA WHL 5’10.75″ 184 C
B ZABLOCKI LANE REGINA WHL 5’11. 5″ 190 RW
B RUBINCHIK MARK SASKATOON WHL 5’11.75″ 179 D
B TYSZKA JARRETT SEATTLE WHL 6’2.25″ 190 D
B ANDERSON-DOLAN JARET SPOKANE WHL 5’11.0″ 188 C
B MINULIN ARTEM SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6’2.25″ 202 D
C BUKAC DANIEL BRANDON WHL 6’4.25″ 185 D
C KASTELIC MARK CALGARY WHL 6’3.0″ 203 C
C KNEEN NOLAN KAMLOOPS WHL 6’0.25″ 186 D
C SMART JONATHAN KELOWNA WHL 6’0.0″ 197 D
C BELLERIVE JORDY LETHBRIDGE WHL 5’9.75″ 196 C
C BURKE BRAYDEN LETHBRIDGE WHL 5’9.75″ 170 LW
C DAVIS BRETT LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’0.75″ 178 RW
C PREZIUSO TYLER MEDICINE HAT WHL 5’10.75″ 172 RW
C SHAW MASON MEDICINE HAT WHL 5’8.5″ 180 C
C BOWEN RYAN MOOSE JAW WHL 6’1.75″ 170 RW
C BROOK JOSH MOOSE JAW WHL 6’1.0″ 182 D
C SAWCHENKO ZACH MOOSE JAW WHL 6’0.25″ 179 G
C WILLMS BRODY MOOSE JAW WHL 6’1.0″ 177 G
C GLASS CODY PORTLAND WHL 6’1.75″ 180 C
C STRANSKY SIMON PRINCE GEORGE WHL 5’11.0″ 185 LW
C DE WIT JEFFREY RED DEER WHL 6’3.25″ 190 C
C PRATT AUSTIN RED DEER WHL 6’2.25″ 226 RW
C BUZIAK BRAYDON REGINA WHL 5’11.5″ 198 C
C HENRY NICK REGINA WHL 5’10.75″ 191 RW

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