48 WHL Players Highlight NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

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The Western Hockey League announced today 48 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings in advance of the 2019 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 21-22 in Vancouver, B.C.

Headlining the list are three WHL players among the top four skaters in North America, led by forward Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades) who is ranked second. Joining Dach in the top four are forward Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), and defenceman Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C. / Vancouver Giants). Joining the trio in the top 10 list of North American skaters is Kootenay ICE captain Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Kootenay ICE), who is ranked eighth. Mads Sogaard (Aalborg, Denmark / Medicine Hat Tigers) is the highest-ranked WHL net minder, ranked third among North American goaltenders.

Including, Dach, Cozens, Byram, and Krebs, nine WHL players are ranked inside the Top 31, including defenceman Lassi Thomson (14th – Tempere, Finland / Kelowna Rockets), forward Brett Leason (17th – Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders), defenceman Matthew Robertson (18th – Sherwood Park, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings), forward Nolan Foote (26th – Engelwood, Colo. / Kelowna Rockets), and defenceman Kaedan Korczak (31st – Yorkton, Sask. / Kelowna Rockets).

The Kelowna Rockets lead all WHL clubs with six players ranked. In addition to Thomson, Foote, and Korczak, forwards Kyle Topping (195th – Salt Spring Island, B.C.), Alex Swetlikoff (217th – Kelowna, B.C.), and goaltender Roman Basran (11th – Vancouver, B.C.) find a place on the NHL radar. The Edmonton Oil Kings sit just behind the Rockets with five players named in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings. Four teams have a trio of players on the rankings while 10 more have a pair of players featured in the rankings.

Overall the list includes 27 forwards, 14 defencemen, and seven goaltenders from the WHL, representing 20 of the 22 WHL member Clubs. The Central Division leads all divisions with 17 players appearing on the list, while the 48 prospects are split evenly between the conferences, each claiming 24 as their own.

2019 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MIDTERM RANKINGS (NORTH AMERICA) – WHL SKATERS

Midterm Rank Player Height Weight Position Amateur Club
2 Kirby Dach 5’10.25” 199 Centre Saskatoon
3 Dylan Cozens 6’3.0” 181 Centre Lethbridge
4 Bowen Byram 6’0.5” 194 Defenceman Vancouver
8 Peyton Krebs 5’11.25” 180 Centre Kootenay
14 Lassi Thomson 6’0” 188 Defenceman Kelowna
17 Brett Leason 6’3.75” 200 Centre Prince Albert
18 Matthew Robertson 6’3.0” 201 Defenceman Edmonton
26 Nolan Foote 6’3.5” 190 Left Wing Kelowna
31 Kaedan Korczak 6’2.75” 192 Defenceman Kelowna
37 Oleg Zaytsev 6’0.75 186 Centre Red Deer
44 Adam Beckman 6’0.5” 168 Left Wing Spokane
66 Reece Newkirk 5’10.75” 172 Centre Portland
67 Josh Williams 6’1.0” 194 Right Wing Edmonton
71 Quinn Schmiemann 6’1.75” 185 Defenceman Kamloops
73 Brayden Tracey 6’0” 177 Left Wing Moose Jaw
77 Aliaksei Protas 6’4.75” 205 Centre Prince Albert
78 Jake Lee 6’1.75” 216 Defenceman Seattle
81 Sasha Mutala 6’0.5” 195 Right Wing Tri-City
82 Luke Toporowski 5’10.75” 179 Centre Spokane
85 Gianni Fairbrother 5’11.75” 194 Defenceman Everett
122 Luka Burzan 6’0” 184 Right Wing Brandon
128 Mitchell Brown 6’3.0” 205 Defenceman Tri-City
129 Henrik Rybinski 6’0.5” 176 Right Wing Seattle
132 Krystof Hrabik 6’4.25” 218 Centre Tri-City
144 John Ludvig 6’0.5” 196 Defenceman Portland
145 Jackson Van De Leest 6’6.25” 222 Defenceman Calgary
151 Vladimir Alistrov 6’1.75” 175 Left Wing Edmonton
156 Brett Kemp 6’0.5” 162 Centre Medicine Hat
159 David Kope 6’3.75” 170 Right Wing Edmonton
160 Cole Muir 6’2.5” 205 Centre Kootenay
162 Martin Lang 5’10.75” 163 Right Wing Kamloops
172 Connor Horning 6’2.75” 188 Defenceman Swift Current
175 Cole Moberg 6’2.5” 187 Defenceman Prince George
182 Alex Morozoff 5’11.75” 184 Centre Red Deer
195 Kyle Topping 5’11.25” 185 Centre Kelowna
196 Mark Kastelic 6’3.5” 213 Centre Calgary
209 Emil Malysjev 6’3.0” 187 Defenceman Saskatoon
211 Logan Barlage 6’3.75” 202 Centre Lethbridge
217 Alex Swetlikoff 6’2.5” 188 Centre Kelowna
LV Jacson Alexander 5’9.25” 178 Defenceman Edmonton
LV Dillon Hamaliuk 6’2.75” 190 Left Wing Seattle