The Western Hockey League announced today 46 WHL players, including two Kootenay ICE players, have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings in advance of the 2018 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 22-23 in Dallas, Texas.
Heading the list is defenceman Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs), who is ranked 14th among North American skaters. Joining Smith in the top 30 are defencemen Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels), Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes).
Including, Smith, Alexeyev, Woo, and Addison, 18 WHL defencemen land in the final rankings, with eight in the top 73. Also landing in the Top 60 were center Milos Roman (Vancouver Giants), center Riley Stotts (Calgary Hitmen), center Kristian Reichel (Red Deer Rebels), defenceman Filip Kral (Spokane Chiefs) and center Kyle Topping (Kelowna Rockets).
Joel Hofer (Swift Current Broncos), David Tendeck (Vancouver Giants), Max Paddock (Regina Pats) and Duncan McGovern (Kootenay ICE) land among ranked goaltenders from North America.
At the 2017 NHL Draft, a total of 33 WHL players were selected, including seven in the first round.
Kootenay ICE players ranked:
Martin Bodak, defenceman
Duncan McGovern, goaltender
– From the Western Hockey League