52 WHL Players Named to Updated NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List

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The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 52 WHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s updated ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2020 NHL Draft.

NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories. The ‘A’ rating indicates a first-round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second- or third-round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidate. A ‘LV’ rating indicates Limited Viewing of injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

Five WHL players were given ‘A’ ratings, including Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Kaiden Guhle, Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt, Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Braden Schneider, Vancouver Giants forward Justin Sourdif, and Kamloops Blazers forward Connor Zary. Zary is currently tied for first in WHL scoring this season with 30 points (13G-17A).

Eleven WHL players earned ‘B’ ratings, led by a trio of Portland Winterhawks in Cross Hanas, Seth Jarvis, and Simon Knak. Thirty-six more players earned ‘C’ ratings. The updated list features 28 forwards, 18 defencemen, and six goaltenders.

Overall, 21 of 22 WHL member Clubs are represented on the list. The Portland Winterhawks and defending WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders led the way with five players each on the list. The Brandon Wheat Kings and Saskatoon Blades follow closely behind with four players each on the updated list. Five WHL member Clubs feature a trio of players on the list. Seven more feature a pair of players and five are represented by a single player.

The 2020 NHL Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que. from June 26 to 27, 2020.

2020 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PRELIMINARY ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ – WHL PLAYERS

Skaters

PTW Last Name First Name Team Height Weight Position
A Guhle Kaiden Prince Albert 6’2” 188 D
A Hunt Daemon Moose Jaw 6’0” 198 D
A Schneider Braden Brandon 6’2” 202 D
A Sourdif Justin Vancouver 5’11” 173 RW
A Zary Connor Kamloops 6’0” 177 C
B Finley Jack Spokane 6’6” 213 C
B Greig Ridly Brandon 5’11” 164 C
B Hanas Cross Portland 6’1” 167 LW
B Jarvis Seth Portland 5’10” 179 C
B Knak Simon Portland 6’1” 185 RW
B McClennon Connor Winnipeg 5’8” 163 RW
B Neighbours Jake Edmonton 6’0” 197 LW
B Prokop Luke Calgary 6’4” 219 D
B Sedoff Christoffer Red Deer 6’2” 193 D
B Wiesblatt Ozzy Prince Albert 5’10” 183 RW
C Bauer Tyrel Seattle 6’3” 206 D
C Boyko Noah Lethbridge 6’0” 173 RW
C Brondberg Jonas Portland 6’4” 189 D
C Brook Jakob Prince Albert 6’2” 183 RW
C Cikhart Jan Tri-City 6’3” 179 C
C Crnkovic Kyle Saskatoon 5’6” 159 LW
C De La Gorgendiere Aidan Saskatoon 6’0” 183 D
C Ferguson Ian Tri-City 5’11” 178 D
C Fromm-Delorme Robbie Portland 6’1” 182 RW
C Goncalves Gage Everett 6’0” 165 C
C Gut Michal Everett 6’0” 187 C
C Homola David Moose Jaw 5’10” 163 D
C Hughes Bear Spokane 6’1” 171 C
C King Ben Red Deer 6’2” 194 C
C Kosior Landon Prince Albert 5’11” 190 D
C Kubicek Simon Seattle 6’2” 205 D
C Kucerik Radek Saskatoon 6’1” 211 D
C McCartney Ben Brandon 6’0” 182 LW
C Novak Pavel Kelowna 5’9” 170 RW
C Palivko Danila Lethbridge 6’5” 199 D
C Pederson Owen Winnipeg 6’3” 191 C
C Pillar Josh Kamloops 5’11” 171 C
C Puutio Kasper Swift Current 5’11” 184 D
C Rhinehart Rhett Prince George 6’3” 203 D
C Robins Tristen Saskatoon 5’10” 176 RW
C Seeley Ronan Everett 6’0” 176 D
C Shepard Cole Vancouver 5’11” 157 LW
C Souch Carter Edmonton 5’9” 166 LW
C Svejkovsky Lukas Vancouver 5’10” 165 C
C Usau Ilya Prince Albert 6’0” 182 C
C Zloty Benjamin Winnipeg 5’10” 175 D

Goaltenders

PTW Last Name First Name Team Height Weight Position
B McNaughton Jack Calgary 6’1” 179 G
C Bjorklund Garin Medicine Hat 6’2” 173 G
C Garand Dylan Kamloops 6’0” 173 G
C Gould Brock Victoria 6’5” 201 G
C Kruger Ethan Brandon 6’1” 181 G
C Thomson Bryan Lethbridge 6’4” 179 G

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

  • A Rating — Indicates a first round candidate
  • B Rating — Indicates a second or third round candidate
  • C Rating — Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

• LV (Limited Viewing) — Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.