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Fonstad on November ‘Players to Watch’ List for 2018 NHL Draft
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139 players from the Canadian Hockey League, including Prince Albert Raiders forward Cole Fonstad, were listed among NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft which takes place June 22-23 in Dallas, TX. The number of WHL players on the list represents a substantial growth for the league, up from the 27 listed in preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list in October.

Fonstad earned a ‘C rating’, which indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth-round draft candidate. The Estevan product was not listed on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list earlier this fall.

Three WHL defenceman received an ‘A rating’, which indicates a first round candidate, as Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels), Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) and Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) all earn top ranks from NHL scouts.

Alexeyev and Woo made the jump to the top-tier rankings after being given a ‘B Rating’ in the preliminary rankings. With 17 points (6G-11A) in 18 games, Woo has been a top contributor for the Warriors in their ascension to the top of the Eastern Conference. Alexeyev has 11 points (1G-10A) in 13 games for the Rebels as they battle for positioning in a tight Central Division. Smith retained his ‘A Rating’ from the preliminary list and presently sits second on the Chiefs in scoring with 21 points (3G-18A) in 18 games.

Four players, including two more defencemen earned a ‘B rating’, including Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and Yegor Zamula (Regina Pats). Addison retained his ranking from October while Zamula moved up from a ‘C Rating’. Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips) retained his rating while Milos Roman (Vancouver Giants) was one of several WHL players moving up the latest list as well.

31 WHL skaters earned a ‘C Rating’ from NHL Central Scouting, including 19 new players. The WHL had five goaltenders ranked on the last ‘Players to Watch’ list, including the duo of Todd Scott and David Tendeck, who both play with the Vancouver Giants.

Overall, the Rebels lead all WHL teams with four players listed while five other teams (Portland Winterhawks, Spokane Chiefs, Swift Current Broncos, Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals) each have three with 20 of the 22 WHL clubs represented in this most recent list.

89 CHL players, including 33 WHL players, were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft including 14 players chosen in the first round.

 

2018 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING NOVEMBER ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ – WHL PLAYERS

A ALEXEYEV ALEXANDER RED DEER WHL 6′ 3.0″ 200 D L
A SMITH TY SPOKANE WHL 5′ 10.25″ 176 D L
A WOO JETT MOOSE JAW WHL 5′ 11.75″ 205 D R
B ADDISON CALEN LETHBRIDGE WHL 5′ 9.75″ 179 D R
B ROMAN MILOS VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 11.75″ 188 C L
B SUTTER RILEY EVERETT WHL 6′ 3.0″ 205 RW R
B ZAMULA YEGOR REGINA WHL 6′ 2.5″ 160 D L
C BARTEAUX DAWSON RED DEER WHL 6′ 0.5″ 180 D R
C BURZAN LUKA MOOSE JAW WHL 5′ 11.75″ 185 C L
C CHYZOWSKI RYAN MEDICINE HAT WHL 6′ 0.0″ 183 LW R
C FLORCHUK ERIC VICTORIA WHL 6′ 1.0″ 174 C L
C FOCHT CARSON TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 0.0″ 178 C L
C FONSTAD COLE PRINCE ALBERT WHL 5′ 9.5″ 157 C L
C GINNELL BRADLEY PORTLAND WHL 6′ 0.5″ 172 C L
C GRICIUS JAKE PORTLAND WHL 6′ 3.0″ 187 C L
C HERAUF JACOB RED DEER WHL 6′ 0.0″ 181 D L
C JOHNSON ISAAC TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 2.0″ 186 LW R
C KEMP BRETT EDMONTON WHL 6′ 0.0″ 162 C R
C KRAL FILIP SPOKANE WHL 6′ 1.0″ 171 D L
C LEPPARD JACKSON PRINCE GEORGE WHL 6′ 1.25″ 200 LW L
C LUDVIG JOHN PORTLAND WHL 6′ 0.5″ 186 D L
C MCLEOD WYATT EDMONTON WHL 6′ 2.0″ 182 D L
C MINULIN ARTYOM SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6′ 1.75″ 201 D R
C MOILANEN SAMI SEATTLE WHL 5′ 8.5″ 175 RW L
C OKSANEN EMIL REGINA WHL 6′ 0.5″ 185 LW R
C PECKFORD RYAN VICTORIA WHL 6′ 0.5″ 191 LW L
C REICHEL KRISTIAN RED DEER WHL 6′ 1.0″ 167 C R
C REINHARDT COLE BRANDON WHL 6′ 0.5″ 203 LW L
C STOTTS RILEY SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5′ 11.5″ 168 C L
C TOPPING KYLE KELOWNA WHL 5′ 11.25″ 185 C L
C WOUTERS CHASE SASKATOON WHL 5′ 11.5″ 177 C R
C YERYOMENKO VLADISLAV CALGARY WHL 5′ 11.75″ 185 D R
C ZABRANSKY LIBOR KELOWNA WHL 6′ 0.75″ 190 D R
C HOFER JOEL SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6′ 3.25″ 160 G L
C MCNABB DEAN VICTORIA WHL 6′ 1.0″ 179 G L
C SCOTT TODD VANCOUVER WHL 6′ 0.5″ 203 G L
C TENDECK DAVID VANCOUVER WHL 6′ 1.25″ 173 G R
C WEATHERILL DAWSON SPOKANE WHL 6′ 4.5″ 189 G L

 

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
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