Foote and Lind among 58 WHL players that highlight NHL Central Scouting final rankings

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Cal Foote (12th – Kelowna Rockets) and Kole Lind (23rd – Kelowna Rockets) have both been ranked in the top 31 by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings of the 2017 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 23rd and 24th in Chicago.
The Western Hockey League announced today that Foote and Lind are among 58 WHL players that have been listed.

Heading the list is Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man. / Brandon Wheat Kings), who was ranked first among North American skaters on both the midterm and final rankings. Joining Patrick in the top five is Michael Rasmussen (Surrey, B.C. / Tri-City Americans), ranked fifth after having moved up from sixth in the midterm rankings. Rounding out WHL representation in the top 10 is Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), ranked sixth after having advanced from eighth in the midterm rankings.
 
A total of 13 WHL skaters land in the top 31, including Juuso Valimaki (11th – Tri-City Americans), Kailer Yamamoto (17th – Spokane Chiefs), Henri Jokiharju (19th – Portland Winterhawks), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (21st – Spokane Chiefs), Kole Lind (23rd – Kelowna Rockets), Nick Henry (25th – Regina Pats), Aleksi Heponiemi (26th – Swift Current Broncos) and Nikita Popugaev (28th – Prince George Cougars).
 
Ian Scott (second – Prince Albert Raiders) and Stuart Skinner (fifth – Lethbridge Hurricanes) land in the top five amongst North American goaltenders.
 
The Tri-City Americans lead all WHL clubs with seven players ranked, followed by the Portland Winterhawks (five), Brandon Wheat Kings, Regina Pats and Spokane Chiefs (four each).
 
The WHL leads the entire Canadian Hockey League with 13 skaters ranked in the top 31, followed by the Ontario Hockey League with 11 skaters and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with three skaters.
 
Of the 58 WHL players listed in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, two have been nominated for WHL Awards, including Heponiemi (Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year) and Tyler Steenbergen (Brad Hornung Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year), both of the Swift Current Broncos.
 
At the 2016 NHL Draft, a total of 34 WHL players were selected, including four during the first round.
 
2017 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKINGS (NORTH AMERICA) – WHL SKATERS
 
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Player
Ht
Wt
Position
WHL Club
1
1
PATRICK, NOLAN
6′ 2″
198
CENTER
BRANDON
5
6
RASMUSSEN, MICHAEL
6′ 6″
215
CENTER
TRI-CITY
6
8
GLASS, CODY
6′ 2″
178
CENTER
PORTLAND
11
9
VALIMAKI, JUUSO
6′ 2″
204
DEFENSEMAN
TRI-CITY
12
12
FOOTE, CALLAN
6′ 4″
212
DEFENSEMAN
KELOWNA
17
17
YAMAMOTO, KAILER
5′ 8″
153
RIGHT WING
SPOKANE
19
22
JOKIHARJU, HENRI
6′ 0″
180
DEFENSEMAN
PORTLAND
21
40
ANDERSON-DOLAN, JARET
5′ 11″
188
CENTER
SPOKANE
23
21
LIND, KOLE
6′ 1″
178
RIGHT WING
KELOWNA
25
25
HENRY, NICK
5′ 11″
191
RIGHT WING
REGINA
26
36
HEPONIEMI, ALEKSI
5′ 10″
147
CENTER
SWIFT CURRENT
28
18
POPUGAEV, NIKITA
6′ 6″
217
LEFT WING
PRINCE GEORGE
38
23
MATTHEOS, STELIO
6′ 1″
192
RIGHT WING
BRANDON
41
33
TYSZKA, JARRET
6′ 2″
190
DEFENSEMAN
SEATTLE
42
31
LESCHYSHYN, JAKE
5′ 11″
185
CENTER
REGINA
45
50
GEEKIE, MORGAN
6′ 2″
178
CENTER
TRI-CITY
49
75
BROOK, JOSH
6′ 1″
182
DEFENSEMAN
MOOSE JAW
52
70
ZABLOCKI, LANE
6′ 0″
190
RIGHT WING
RED DEER
55
63
SHAW, MASON
5′ 8″
180
CENTER
MEDICINE HAT
56
58
OLSON, KYLE
5′ 10″
161
RIGHT WING
TRI-CITY
58
49
MINULIN, ARTYOM
6′ 2″
197
DEFENSEMAN
SWIFT CURRENT
59
105
LEWIS, TY
5′ 11″
177
LEFT WING
BRANDON
62
74
FLEURY, CALE
6′ 1″
201
DEFENSEMAN
KOOTENAY
70
138
STEENBERGEN, TYLER
5′ 10″
188
CENTER
SWIFT CURRENT
77
84
COGHLAN, DYLAN
6′ 2″
189

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