Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones remains at the top of the list among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Jones, a 6’3”, 208-lb rearguard from Plano, Texas, has enjoyed an outstanding campaign in his first WHL campaign with the Portland Winterhawks, helping the Hawks finish in first place in the WHL standings. The smooth-skating, multi-tooled rearguard put up an impressive 14 goals and 56 points with a +46 rating in 61 games for the Winterhawks and has been named the Western Conference finalist for WHL Rookie of the Year.
Jones was the top-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, taking over the No. 1 position from Halifax’s Nathan McKinnon.
“We think Seth’s game is still going to develop, as are MacKinnon and Drouin, but we had no reason to remove Seth from that No. 1 spot,” NHL Director of Central Scouting’s Dan Marr told NHL.com.
Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Hunter Shinkaruk ranks sixth among North American skaters in the final rankings. Having just completed his third season in the WHL, the Calgary, AB, native put up 37 goals and 86 points in 64 games for the Tigers.
Everett Silvertips’ rookie defenceman Mirco Mueller is the third WHL skater to be ranked among the Top 10 North American-based prospects. Mueller netted six goals and 31 points in 63 games for the Silvertips in his first WHL campaign this year.
Seattle Thunderbirds’ defenceman Shea Theodore, Brandon Wheat Kings’ defender Ryan Pulock, Edmonton Oil Kings’ power forward Curtis Lazar, Regina Pats’ shifty forward Morgan Klimchuk and slick Prince Albert Raiders’ defenceman Josh Morrissey are all ranked among the Top 30 skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Tri-City Americans goaltender Eric Comrie remains the top-ranked WHL goaltender in the final rankings, coming in at No. 2 on the list behind Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads among North American goalies. Comrie, a native of Newport Beach, CA, has posted a 20-14-3 record in 37 games for the Americans this season while boasting a 2.62 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He missed the last half of the season due to injury, but retained his No. 2 ranking.
Edmonton Oil Kings’ netminder Tristan Jarry is ranked third on the Central Scouting list. The Delta, B.C., product led all WHL goaltenders with a 1.61 GAA and boasted a stellar .936 save percentage along with six shutouts in 27 regular-season games for the Oil Kings.
19-year-old Czech netminder Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels, the Eastern Conference finalist for WHL Goalie of the Year, comes in at 8th on the list, while Austin Lotz of the Everett Silvertips is the 10th-ranked North American netminder.
Click on the links below for the 2013 NHL Central Scouting final rankings of CHL players. For the complete rankings, visit www.nhl.com