45 WHL players highlight NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

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The Western Hockey League announced today 46 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its final 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 30 are defencemen Alexander Alexeyev (22nd – St. Petersburg, Russia / Red Deer Rebels), Jett Woo (28th – Winnipeg, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Calen Addison (30th – Brandon, Man. / Lethbridge Hurricanes).

Including, Smith, Alexeyev, Woo, and Addison, 18 WHL defencemen land in the final rankings, with eight in the top 73. Also landing in the Top 60 were center Milos Roman (41st – Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia / Vancouver Giants), center Riley Stotts (51st – Winnipeg, Man. / Calgary Hitmen), center Kristian Reichel (53rd – Most, Czech Rep. / Red Deer Rebels), defenceman Filip Kral (54th – Blansko, Czech Rep. / Spokane Chiefs) and center Kyle Topping (59th – Ganges, B.C / Kelowna Rockets).

Joel Hofer (seventh ­– Winnipeg, Man. / Swift Current Broncos), David Tendeck (eighth – North Vancouver, B.C. / Vancouver Giants), Max Paddock (22nd – Winnipeg, Man. / Regina Pats) and Duncan McGovern (24th – Winnipeg, Man. / Kootenay ICE) land among ranked goaltenders from North America.

Both Smith and Wouters were recently named as the Western and Eastern Conference Scholastic Players of the Year respectively, with both being nominated for the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. Smith was named to the first All-Star team in the Western Conference, while Tendeck was named to the Western Conference’s second All-Star team.

The Red Deer Rebels lead all WHL clubs with five players list, while the Calgary Hitmen and Saskatoon Blades each boast four. Six more teams are tied with three players each nominated.

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

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

Final Rank Player Height Weight Position Amateur Club
14 SMITH, TY 5′ 10″ 176 DEFENSEMAN SPOKANE
22 ALEXEYEV, ALEXANDER 6′ 3″ 200 DEFENSEMAN RED DEER
28 WOO, JETT 6′ 0″ 205 DEFENSEMAN MOOSE JAW
30 ADDISON, CALEN 5′ 10″ 180 DEFENSEMAN LETHBRIDGE
41 ROMAN, MILOS 6′ 0″ 188 CENTER VANCOUVER
51 STOTTS, RILEY 6′ 0″ 168 CENTER CALGARY
53 REICHEL, KRISTIAN 6′ 1″ 167 CENTER RED DEER
54 KRAL, FILIP 6′ 1″ 171 DEFENSEMAN SPOKANE
59 TOPPING, KYLE 5′ 11″ 185 CENTER KELOWNA
64 ZAMULA, EGOR 6′ 2″ 160 DEFENSEMAN CALGARY
65 FONSTAD,  COLE 5′ 10″ 160 CENTER PRINCE ALBERT
71 WYLIE, WYATTE 6′ 0″ 190 DEFENSEMAN EVERETT
73 YERYOMENKO, VLADISLAV 6′ 0″ 185 DEFENSEMAN CALGARY
80 SUTTER, RILEY 6′ 3″ 200 RIGHT WING EVERETT
88 ALMEIDA, JUSTIN 5′ 9″ 158 CENTER MOOSE JAW
91 BURZAN, LUKA 6′ 0″ 185 CENTER BRANDON
92 WOUTERS, CHASE 6′ 0″ 177 CENTER SASKATOON
95 CHYZOWSKI, RYAN 6′ 0″ 183 LEFT WING MEDICINE HAT
110 FLORCHUK, ERIC 6′ 1″ 174 CENTER SASKATOON
115 ZABRANSKY, LIBOR 6′ 1″ 190 DEFENSEMAN KELOWNA
117 DEWAR, CONNOR 5′ 10″ 177 CENTER EVERETT
121 REINHARDT, COLE 6′ 0″ 203 LEFT WING BRANDON
122 LEPPARD, JACKSON 6′ 1″ 200 LEFT WING PRINCE GEORGE
128 KEMP, BRETT 6′ 0″ 162 CENTER EDMONTON
129 STUART, BRODI 5′ 10″ 167 LEFT WING KAMLOOPS
133 BARTEAUX, DAWSON 6′ 0″ 180 DEFENSEMAN RED DEER
137 LUDVIG, JOHN 6′ 0″ 186 DEFENSEMAN PORTLAND
140 JOHNSON, ISAAC 6′ 2″ 186 LEFT WING TRI-CITY
155 FOCHT, CARSON 6′ 0″ 178 CENTER CALGARY
157 MATTSON, LEIF 6′ 0″ 191 DEFENSEMAN KELOWNA
160 LOEWEN, JERMAINE 6′ 4″ 216 LEFT WING KAMLOOPS
163 PATERSON, JOSH 6′ 2″ 199 RIGHT WING SASKATOON
168 DOUGLAS, CHRISTOPHER 6′ 1″ 170 RIGHT WING RED DEER
172 BODAK, MARTIN 6′ 0″ 189 DEFENSEMAN KOOTENAY
178 MCDONALD, KODY 6′ 1″ 191 RIGHT WING PRINCE ALBERT
184 ZUMMACK, ELI 5′ 9″ 177 CENTER SPOKANE
185 PLOUFFE, DYLAN 6′ 0″ 194 DEFENSEMAN VANCOUVER
186 MINULIN, ARTYOM 6′ 2″ 201 DEFENSEMAN SWIFT CURRENT
188 HERAUF, JACOB 6′ 0″ 181 DEFENSEMAN RED DEER
200 PACHAL, BRAYDEN 6′ 0″ 198 DEFENSEMAN PRINCE ALBERT
202 HARTJE, CHASE 6’ 0” 190 DEFENSEMAN BRANDON

For the complete list, CLICK HERE.

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

Final Rank Player Height Weight Position Amateur Club
7 HOFER, JOEL 6′ 3″ 160 GOALIE SWIFT CURRENT
8 TENDECK, DAVID 6′ 1″ 173 GOALIE VANCOUVER
22 PADDOCK, MAX 6’ 1” 150 GOALIE REGINA
24 MCGOVERN, DUNCAN 6′ 2″ 190 GOALIE KOOTENAY

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