Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nine BCHL Players Featured in NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings:

The NHL released its 2014 Central Scouting Final Draft rankings and the list features nine BCHL players - seven skaters and two goaltenders.

The BC Hockey League has more players ranked than any junior A league in Canada, with the Alberta Junior Hockey League having seven ranked and the Ontario Junior Hockey League having three ranked.

Three players who weren't included in the Midterm Rankings cracked the Final Rankings - Vernon defenseman Dylan Chanter, Salmon Arm forward Evan Anderson and Powell River goaltender Jeff Smith. Three BCHL players included in the Midterm Rankings didn't make it into the Final Rankings - Salmon Arm forward Alex Gillies and Vernon forwards Mason Blacklock and Demico Hannoun. Powell River defenseman Luke Ripley wasn't officially ranked, but Central Scouting included him because their scouts see him as a solid prospect despite not seeing him play enough to get into the actual rankings.

Below is a break down of BCHL players included in both the Midterm and Final Rankings for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, which is June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

2014 Draft Prospects - North American Skaters 
NR = Not Ranked
LV = Limited Viewing
Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position BCHL Team
162 118 Jason Cotton Center West Kelowna
164 NR Dylan Chanter Defenseman Vernon
179 NR Evan Anderson Left Wing Salmon Arm
181 151 Jack Ramsey Right Wing Penticton
189183Jeff WightCenterMerritt
190134Brett BeauvaisDefensemanPenticton
LVNRLuke RipleyDefensemanPowell River
NR 102 Alex Gillies Left Wing Salmon Arm
NR 158 Mason Blacklock CenterVernon
NR 185 Demico Hannoun Center Vernon

2014 Draft Prospects - North American Goalies
NR = Not Ranked
Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position BCHL Team
13 26 Alec Dillon Goalie Victoria
19 NR Jeff Smith Goalie Powell River

I've included the stats for each player ranked below.

F Jason Cotton - West Kelowna Warriors D Dylan Chanter - Vernon Vipers F Evan Anderson - Salmon Arm SilverBacks F Jack Ramsey - Penticton Vees F Jeff Wight - Merritt Centennials D Brett Beauvais - Penticton Vees G Alec Dillon - Victoria Grizzlies G Jeff Smith - Powell River Kings