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44 WHL players named to NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list

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Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 44 WHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2020 NHL Draft. The annual ‘Players to Watch’ list was issued Monday by NHL Central Scouting.

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.

Four 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, and Vancouver Giants forward Justin Sourdif. Guhle, Hunt, and Sourdif raised their profile throughout the summer, competing for Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Schneider won gold at the tournament in 2018 with Canada.

Fourteen WHL players earned ‘B’ rating, including Edmonton Oil Kings forward Jake Neighbours and Calgary Hitmen goaltender Jack McNaughton. Twenty-six more players earned ‘C’ ratings.

In total, 21 of 22 WHL member Clubs are represented in the ‘Players to Watch’ list. The Portland Winterhawks lead all WHL teams with five players on this year’s initial list, followed by four from the defending WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders. The Brandon Wheat Kings, Edmonton Oil Kings, Kamloops Blazers, Lethbridge Hurricanes, and Vancouver Giants each have three players listed. Six WHL teams are represented by a pair of players while eight have a single player on the list.
The positional breakdown of this year’s initial list favours WHL forwards, with 22 named to the list. The blue line has strong representation as well, providing 17 names to the list. Five WHL goaltenders also made the grade. Eleven WHL players selected in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft were named to the list, including Swift Current Broncos defenceman Kasper Puutio, the first-overall selection from the 2019 CHL Import Draft.

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
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 Kubicek Simon Seattle 6’2” 205 D
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 Puutio Kasper Swift Current 5’11” 184 D
B Sedoff Christoffer Red Deer 6’2” 193 D
B Wiesblatt Ozzy Prince Albert 5’10” 183 RW
B Zary Connor Kamloops 6’0” 177 C
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 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 Gut Michal Everett 6’0” 187 C
C Homola David Moose Jaw 5’10” 163 D
C Kosior Landon Prince Albert 5’11” 190 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 Pillar Josh Kamloops 5’11” 171 C
C Rhinehart Rhett Prince George 6’3” 203 D
C Seeley Ronan Everett 6’0” 176 D
C Seppala Jesse Edmonton 5’7” 147 C
C Shepard Cole Vancouver 5’11” 157 LW
C Souch Carter Edmonton 5’9” 166 LW
C Svejkovsky Lukas Vancouver 5’10” 165 C

Goaltenders

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 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.

For the complete list, CLICK HERE.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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