The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 51 WHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings ahead of the 2023 NHL Draft. The Mid-Term Rankings were issued Friday by the NHL Central Scouting Service.

Regina Pats captain Connor Bedard tops the list as the number-one rated North American Skater. He is joined by 10 other WHL skaters among the top 30 of the North American Skaters rankings, including Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Yager (fifth), Winnipeg ICE forward Zach Benson (seventh) and Vancouver Giants forward Samuel Honzek (ninth).

For the third consecutive season, the WHL boasts the top North American Goaltender in the NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings. Brandon Wheat Kings netminder Carson Bjarnason is the top-ranked North American Goaltender. The product of Carberry, Man. is followed by Seattle Thunderbirds puck-stopper Scott Ratzlaff (sixth) and Tri-City Americans goaltender Tomas Suchanek (eighth) in the top 10 among North American Goaltenders.

Overall, 20 of 22 WHL Clubs are represented in the Mid-Term Rankings. The Seattle Thunderbirds and Vancouver Giants each boast five players on the lists, while the Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips, Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Portland Winterhawks, Red Deer Rebels and Tri-City Americans each have three players on the Mid-Term Rankings. Nine WHL Clubs are represented with two players on the lists, while two further WHL Clubs have a single player on NHL Central Scouting’s lists.

A total of 26 WHL forwards find themselves on the Mid-Term Rankings, joined by 16 WHL defencemen, and nine WHL goaltenders.

2022-23 NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings – WHL Players

North American Skaters

RankLast NameFirst NameHometownTeamHeightWeightPosition
1BedardConnorNorth Vancouver, B.C.Regina Pats5’10”185C
5YagerBraydenSaskatoon, Sask.Moose Jaw Warriors5’11”166C
7BensonZachChilliwack, B.C.Winnipeg ICE5’9”160LW
9HonzekSamuelTrencin, SlovakiaVancouver Giants6’4”186LW
12DragicevicLukasRichmond, B.C.Tri-City Americans6’1”192D
13DanielsonNateRed Deer, Alta.Brandon Wheat Kings6’1”185C
16CristallAndrewBurnaby, B.C.Kelowna Rockets5’10”167LW
20ZiemmerKoehnMayerthorpe, Alta.Prince George Cougars6’0”204RW
23LindKalanShaunavon, Sask.Red Deer Rebels6’0”158LW
26HeidtRileySaskatoon, Sask.Prince George Cougars5’11”182C
30PriceCadenSaskatoon, Sask.Kelowna Rockets6’0”186D
34CagnoniLucaBurnaby, B.C.Portland Winterhawks5’9”180D
36MolendykTannerMcBride, B.C.Saskatoon Blades5’11”184D
38LipinskiJadenScottsdale, Ariz.Vancouver Giants6’4”208C
42SawchynGracynGrande Prairie, Alta.Seattle Thunderbirds5’11”157C
47MyatovicNicoPrince George, B.C.Seattle Thunderbirds6’2”182LW
60LevisConnorVancouver, B.C.Kamloops Blazers6’2”189RW
61HalaburdaTyVictoria, B.C.Vancouver Giants5’11”178C
80LeslieMazdenLloydminster, Alta.Vancouver Giants6’0”193D
83RoestAustinColdstream, B.C.Everett Silvertips5’10”175C
86SidorovEgorVitebsk, BelarusSaskatoon Blades6’0”182RW
89SotheranCarterSanford, Man.Portland Winterhawks6’3”197D
95HammellKadenLangley, B.C.Everett Silvertips6’1”173D
97WeinsteinSaigeEdmonton, Alta.Spokane Chiefs6’0”179D
111MynioSawyerKamloops, B.C.Seattle Thunderbirds6’1”173D
113ParkerKalemClavet, Sask.Victoria Royals6’0”192D
130UchaczKaiDe Winton, Alta.Red Deer Rebels6’2”194RW
138SiepmannGraydenAbbotsford, B.C.Calgary Hitmen5’10”185D
144De LucaTommasoAosta, ItalySpokane Chiefs5’11”178C
147ChadwickNoahSaskatoon, Sask.Lethbridge Hurricanes6’4”187D
153ManteiQuinnWeyburn, Sask.Brandon Wheat Kings6’0”180D
157PortVojtechJihlava, CzechiaEdmonton Oil Kings6’2”168D
160WormaldLoganLangley, B.C.Lethbridge Hurricanes5’10”144LW
173SemeniukEthanFort St. John, B.C.Vancouver Giants5’11”175RW
179MillerColeEdmonton, Alta.Edmonton Oil Kings6’4”174C
181SzturcGabrielCesky Tesin, CzechiaKelowna Rockets5’11”186C
183ValisBoryaDenver, Colo.Regina Pats6’1”182RW
201TulkOliverGibsons, B.C.Calgary Hitmen5’7”170C
202GoldsmithTerrellFort St. James, B.C.Prince Albert Raiders6’4”223D
203SloanJakeLeduc, Alta.Tri-City Americans6’3”216C
215FabriziMatteoSt. Albert, Alta.Red Deer Rebels6’5”238D
217LodewykHarrisonRed Deer, Alta.Prince Albert Raiders5’10”185LW

North American Goaltenders

RankLast NameFirst NameHometownTeamHeightWeightPosition
1BjarnasonCarsonCarberry, Man.Brandon Wheat Kings6’3”186G
6RatzlaffScottIrma, Alta.Seattle Thunderbirds6’1”175G
8SuchanekTomasOlomouc, CzechiaTri-City Americans6’1”180G
11SpunarJanOlomouc, CzechiaPortland Winterhawks6’3”185G
15ErnstDylanWeyburn, Sask.Kamloops Blazers6’2”196G
17UngerJacksonCalgary, Alta.Moose Jaw Warriors6’1”190G
20MetzgerTimZurich, SwitzerlandEverett Silvertips6’5”192G
25MilicThomasCoquitlam, B.C.Seattle Thunderbirds6’0”179G
27MeneghinHarrisonSurrey, B.C.Lethbridge Hurricanes6’3”164G
In its 48th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time scouts throughout North America.