Penticton, BC: Penticton Vees defenceman Jonny Tychonick has been listed by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting as a ‘B’ ranked skater for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

As per Central Scouting, a player who is listed as a ‘B’ ranked skater is a potential second- or third-round draft pick.

Tychonick, in his second year with the Vees, recorded three goals and 20 assists in 48 regular season games last year, before playing in all 21 playoff games, chipping in with four assists to help the Vees capture their fourth Fred Page Cup championship in the last four years.

Following the BCHL championship, Tychonick appeared in four games during the Western Canada Cup, helping Penticton reach the Junior ‘A’ National Championship, the Royal Bank Cup in Cobourg, Ontario. Tychonick would play in three games at the RBC Cup.

He also represented Team Canada twice, once at the World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta, and at the World Under-17 Hockey Championships in Fort St. John, British Columbia.

In Bonnyville, Tychonick scored once and added two assists in five games for Team Canada West as they finished in fifth place. In Fort St. John, Tychonick skated in seven games for Team Canada White, recording four assists in a fourth place finish.

This year the Calgary native is off to a hot start, with a goal and three assists in five games, helping the Vees to their 5-0-0-0 record.

Tychonick will look to become the third Vees player drafted into the NHL in the last three seasons, joining Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro, who were both selected in the first round in 2016. He would be the 32nd player drafted to the NHL directly from the Penticton franchise since 1979, when the NHL changed from the Amateur Draft to the Entry Draft.

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas June 22 and 23.