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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

42 WHL Players Identified by NHL Central Scouting


Calgary, AB - NHL Central Scouting issued its preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, with 39 Western Hockey League skaters and three WHL goaltenders making the list.

NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories. The “A” rating indicates a 1st Round candidate, a “B” rating indicates a 2nd/3rd Round candidate, and a “C” rating indicates a 4th/5th/6th Round candidate. An “LV” rating indicates Limited Viewing of players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

Five WHL players were assigned an “A” rating, including Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Carlo of the Tri-City Americans, Jansen Harkins of the Prince George Cougars and 2013-14 WHL Rookie of the Year Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets.

In addition, 13 WHL skaters were assigned “B” ratings while 21 WHL skaters were given “C” ratings. 

Three WHL goaltenders appear on the list, including Taz Burman of the Red Deer Rebels, Nick McBride of the Prince Albert Raiders and Jordan Papirny of the Brandon Wheat Kings. All three WHL goaltenders were assigned “C” ratings.

2015 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PRELIMINARY PLAYERS TO WATCH – WHL PLAYERS


A
MATHEW
BARZAL
26-May-97
SEATTLE
WHL
5' 11.25"
175
C
R
A
PAUL
BITTNER
4-Nov-96
PORTLAND
WHL
6' 4.0"
206
LW
L
A
BRANDON
CARLO
26-Nov-96
TRI-CITY
WHL
6' 4.75"
198
D
R
A
JANSEN
HARKINS
23-May-97
PRINCE GEORGE
WHL
6' 0.75"
177
C
L
A
NICK
MERKLEY
23-May-97
KELOWNA
WHL
5' 10.75"
191
C
R
B
ALEXANDER
BAER
25-Aug-97
VANCOUVER
WHL
5' 9.5"
167
C
R
B
ETHAN
BEAR
26-Jun-97
SEATTLE
WHL
5' 11.0"
200
D
R
B
JAKE
DeBRUSK
17-Oct-96
SWIFT CURRENT
WHL
5' 11.5"
171
LW
L
B
JESSE
GABRIELLE
17-Jun-97
BRANDON
WHL
5' 10.75"
205
LW
L
B
REID
GARDINER
19-Jan-96
PRINCE ALBERT
WHL
5' 10.5"
187
C/RW
R
B
GLENN
GAWDIN
25-Mar-97
SWIFT CURRENT
WHL
6' 0.75"
188
C
R
B
RYAN
GROPP
16-Sep-96
SEATTLE
WHL
6' 2.0"
184
LW
L
B
NOAH
JUULSEN
2-Apr-97
EVERETT
WHL
6' 1.25"
175
D
R
B
ADAM
MUSIL
26-Mar-97
RED DEER
WHL
6' 2.5"
198
C
R
B
RYAN
PILON
10-Oct-96
BRANDON
WHL
6' 2.0"
206
D
L
B
IVAN
PROVOROV
13-Jan-97
BRANDON
WHL
6' 0.0"
191
D
L
B
PARKER
WOTHERSPOON
24-Aug-97
TRI-CITY
WHL
6' 0.25"
171
D
L
B
ZACHARY
ZBOROSKY
15-Oct-96
KOOTENAY
WHL
5' 11.0"
175
C
R
C
TAZ
BURMAN
16-Feb-97
RED DEER
WHL
6' 0.25"
165
G
L
C
CARTER
COCHRANE
18-Oct-96
EVERETT
WHL
5' 10.5"
189
D
L
C
KEVIN
DAVIS
14-Mar-97
EVERETT
WHL
5' 11.75"
183
D
R
C
GIORGIO
ESTEPHAN
3-Feb-97
LETHBRIDGE
WHL
6' 0.0"
188
C
R
C
JOE
GATENBY
15-May-97
KELOWNA
WHL
6' 0.25"
176
D
R
C
MATTEO
GENNARO
30-Mar-97
PRINCE ALBERT
WHL
6' 2.25"
187
C
L
C
MARIO
GRMAN
11-Apr-97
RED DEER
WHL
6' 1.25"
186
D
R
C
CAMERON
HEBIG
21-Jan-97
SASKATOON
WHL
5' 10.75"
178
C
R
C
NICHOLAS
HEID
21-May-97
PORTLAND
WHL
6' 1.75"
206
D
R
C
CONNOR
HOBBS
4-Jan-97
MEDICINE HAT
WHL
6' 1.0"
188
D
R
C
PAVEL
KARNAUKHOV
15-Mar-97
CALGARY
WHL
6' 2.5"
194
LW
L
C
NICK
MCBRIDE
11-Jan-97
PRINCE ALBERT
WHL
6' 3.5"
179
G
L
C
TROY
MURRAY
12-Sep-97
KOOTENAY
WHL
6' 0.25"
188
D
L
C
BRENDAN
O'REILLY
15-May-97
TRI-CITY
WHL
6' 2.25"
185
D
R
C
DMITRY
OSIPOV
4-Oct-96
VANCOUVER
WHL
6' 4.0"
193
D
R
C
JORDAN
PAPIRNY
10-Apr-96
BRANDON
WHL
6' 0.5"
173
G
L
C
GRAYSON
PAWLENCHUK
22-Mar-97
RED DEER
WHL
5' 11.5"
183
LW
L
C
CHAZ
REDDEKOPP
1-Jan-97
VICTORIA
WHL
6' 3.25"
219
D
L
C
TOMAS
SOUSTAL
15-Feb-97
KELOWNA
WHL
6' 2.0"
195
C
L
C
TYLER
SOY
10-Feb-97
VICTORIA
WHL
5' 11.5"
172
C
L
C
KEONI
TEXEIRA
24-Mar-97
PORTLAND
WHL
5' 11.75"
208
D
L

For the complete list, CLICK HERE.


About the WHL
The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 based in Canadian markets and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League, which is the leading producer of talent for the National Hockey League, Canadian University Hockey and Canadian National Hockey Teams. The WHL is the leading supplier of Hockey Scholarships in Western Canada, awarding 328 academic scholarships to WHL graduates in 2013-14.

Cody St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications 
Western Hockey League

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