KENNEWICK, WA – NHL Central Scouting released their November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Monday. Americans forward Jan Cikhart and defenseman Ian Ferguson retain their spot on the list from October.
Cikhart and Ferguson, both in their first year with the Americans, were given a C rating indicating a potential fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The players to watch list is Central Scouting’s compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. The list is updated throughout the season while scouts travel to evaluate the players live.
[VIEW: NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list (UPDATED 11/11)]
Cikhart was selected by the Americans in the first round of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. The 6’3 and 190-pound native of Praha, Czech Republic has tallied one goal and three assists through the season’s first 16 games.
Ferguson has played four games for the Americans so far this season recording one assist. The 5’11 and 175-pound defenseman hails from Missouri City, Texas. General Manager Bob Tory describes Ferguson as a solid two-way defenseman that transitions the puck well. Last season he played with the Dallas Stars U16 of the Tier 1 Elite League. In 30 games he recorded three goals, three assists, and 51 penalty minutes.
The upcoming NHL Draft will be held June 26-27, 2020 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
After sweeping their three game road trip, the Americans will return to the Toyota Center this Saturday to take on the Spokane Chiefs. Get your tickets for the thrilling rivalry game here.