Great news for the BCHL as seven of its current players are featured on the NHL Central Scouting top North American skaters.
The midterm rankings are the first of the season that breaks the lists of players into distinct skaters/goaltenders and North American/European prospects.
The BCHL players featured on the list are the same as those included on the NHL Entry Draft “Watch List” that was released in December with a few exceptions.
Surrey Eagles forwards Sean McGovern and Brandon Morley and Powell River Kings forward Evan Richardson, who were all featured on December’s “Watch List” are nowhere to be found on the Central Scouting Rankings.
However, former Victoria Grizzlies – and now Penticton Vees – forward Wade Murphy along with Prince George Spruce Kings forward Paul DeJersey both make an appearance on the Central Scouting list.
Safe to say, there are upwards of ten BCHL players who at this point are on the radar of NHL teams looking ahead to June’s Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.
Here’s the release from the BCHL:
For immediate release:
NHL Central Scouting released its mid-term rankings this week and seven BCHL players are included among the top-210 North American Skaters. That is the most of any Junior A league in Canada.
The players listed are:
#80: Jujhar Khaira – Prince George Spruce Kings
#81: Alexander Kerfoot – Coquitlam Express
#104: Morgan Zulinick – Salmon Arm SilverBacks
#114: Reece Willcox – Merritt Centennials
#181: Devon Toews – Surrey Eagles
#203: Paul De Jersey – Prince George Spruce Kings
#204: Wade Murphy – Victoria Grizzlies
Khaira, Kerfoot, Zulinick, Willcox and Toews are all 1994-born players. Murphy was born in 1993 and De Jersey 1992. All players listed above are born in B.C. and each of them have secured NCAA Division I scholarships with the exception of Kerfoot.
Central Scouting also listed their top-135 European Skaters and top-36 goaltenders with this week’s rankings. The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will held June 22 and 23 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.