43 WHL Players Highlight NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

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The Western Hockey League announced today 43 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings in advance of the 2018 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 22-23 in Dallas, Texas.

Heading the list is defenceman Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), who is ranked 14th among North American skaters. Joining Smith in the top 31 are defencemen Jett Woo (20th – Winnipeg, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Alexander Alexeyev (26th – St. Petersburg, Russia / Red Deer Rebels).

Including Smith, Woo and Alexeyev, a total of 18 WHL defencemen land in the midterm rankings. Defencemen Calen Addison (34th – Brandon, Man. / Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Filip Kral (52nd – Bransko, Czech Rep. / Spokane Chiefs) also landed in the top 60.

Centers Milos Roman (40th – Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia / Vancouver Giants) and Kyle Topping (64th – Salt Spring Island, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets) rank highest among the 22 WHL forwards listed, while Joel Hofer (sixth ­– Winnipeg, Man. / Swift Current Broncos), David Tendeck (eighth – North Vancouver, B.C. / Vancouver Giants) and Duncan McGovern (22nd – Winnipeg, Man. / Kootenay ICE) land among ranked goaltenders from North America.

The Vancouver Giants lead all WHL clubs with five players ranked. In addition to Roman and Tendeck, forwards James Malm (176th – Langley, B.C.) and Alex Kannok-Leippart (190th – Regina, Sask.) along with defenceman Dylan Plouffe (208th – Sherwood Park, Alta.) find a place on the NHL radar.

The Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels sit just behind the Giants, each with four players named in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings. The Brandon Wheat Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors each boast three players.

Of the 43 WHL players listed in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings, eight will participate in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game, scheduled for Thursday, January 25 (5 p.m. MT), in Guelph, Ont. Included among those eight is Smith of the Chiefs, who will captain Team Orr. The Giants’ Roman had previously been named to the annual outing, but will miss due to injury.

At the 2017 NHL Draft, a total of 33 WHL players were selected, including seven in the first round.

2018 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MIDTERM RANKINGS (NORTH AMERICA) – WHL SKATERS

Midterm Rank Player Height Weight Position Amateur Club
14 SMITH, TY 5′ 10″ 176 DEFENSEMAN SPOKANE
20 WOO, JETT 6′ 0″ 205 DEFENSEMAN MOOSE JAW
26 ALEXEYEV, ALEXANDER 6′ 3″ 200 DEFENSEMAN RED DEER
34 ADDISON, CALEN 5′ 10″ 179 DEFENSEMAN LETHBRIDGE
40 ROMAN, MILOS 6′ 0″ 188 CENTER VANCOUVER
52 KRAL, FILIP 6′ 1″ 171 DEFENSEMAN SPOKANE
64 TOPPING, KYLE 5′ 11″ 185 CENTER KELOWNA
72 SUTTER, RILEY 6′ 3″ 205 RIGHT WING EVERETT
78 FONSTAD, COLE 5′ 10″ 157 CENTER PRINCE ALBERT
79 YERYOMENKO, VLADISLAV 6′ 0″ 185 DEFENSEMAN CALGARY
80 REICHEL, KRISTIAN 6′ 1″ 167 CENTER RED DEER
88 STOTTS, RILEY 6′ 0″ 168 CENTER CALGARY
89 BURZAN, LUKA 6′ 0″ 185 CENTER BRANDON
93 FLORCHUK, ERIC 6′ 1″ 174 CENTER SASKATOON
95 LEPPARD, JACKSON 6′ 1″ 200 LEFT WING PRINCE GEORGE
97 PECKFORD, RYAN 6′ 0″ 191 LEFT WING MOOSE JAW
100 ZAMULA, EGOR 6′ 2″ 160 DEFENSEMAN CALGARY
103 WOUTERS, CHASE 6′ 0″ 177 CENTER SASKATOON
107 LUDVIG, JOHN 6′ 0″ 186 DEFENSEMAN PORTLAND
110 ZABRANSKY, LIBOR 6′ 1″ 190 DEFENSEMAN KELOWNA
125 ALMEIDA, JUSTIN 5′ 9″ 158 CENTER MOOSE JAW
142 MINULIN, ARTYOM 6′ 2″ 201 DEFENSEMAN SWIFT CURRENT
144 STUART, BRODI 5′ 10″ 167 LEFT WING KAMLOOPS
156 BARTEAUX, DAWSON 6′ 0″ 180 DEFENSEMAN RED DEER
160 CHYZOWSKI, RYAN 6′ 0″ 183 LEFT WING MEDICINE HAT
164 REINHARDT, COLE 6′ 0″ 203 LEFT WING BRANDON
166 KEMP, BRETT 6′ 0″ 162 CENTER EDMONTON
169 GINNELL, BRAD 6′ 0″ 172 CENTER KOOTENAY
170 JOHNSON, ISAAC 6′ 2″ 186 LEFT WING TRI-CITY
176 MALM, JAMES 5′ 8″ 164 CENTER VANCOUVER
179 WYLIE, WYATTE 6′ 0″ 190 DEFENSEMAN EVERETT
181 HARTJE, CHASE 6′ 0″ 190 DEFENSEMAN BRANDON
184 MCLEOD, WYATT 6′ 2″ 182 DEFENSEMAN EDMONTON
188 HARSCH, REECE 6′ 3″ 196 DEFENSEMAN SEATTLE
190 KANNOK-LEIPERT, ALEX 5′ 11″ 193 LEFT WING VANCOUVER
193 OKSANEN, EMIL 6′ 0″ 185 LEFT WING REGINA
200 FOCHT, CARSON 6′ 0″ 178 CENTER CALGARY
203 HERAUF, JACOB 6′ 0″ 181 DEFENSEMAN RED DEER
208 PLOUFFE, DYLAN 6′ 0″ 194 DEFENSEMAN VANCOUVER
216 ONYEBUCHI, MONTANA 6′ 3″ 205 DEFENSEMAN KAMLOOPS

2018 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MIDTERM RANKINGS (NORTH AMERICA) – WHL GOALTENDERS

Midterm Rank Player Height Weight Position Amateur Club
6 HOFER, JOEL 6′ 3″ 160 GOALIE SWIFT CURRENT
8 TENDECK, DAVID 6′ 1″ 173 GOALIE VANCOUVER
22 MCGOVERN, DUNCAN 6′ 2″ 190 GOALIE KOOTENAY

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