Victoria Royals defenseman, Joe Hicketts made the NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings, coming in at 213 among North American skaters with LV (limited viewing).
Hicketts has only played 15 games this season (4g 5a) with 9 points, and has missed the last 29 games due to an upper body injury. He's expected to return in 4-5 weeks.
DRAISAITL TOP-RANKED WHL SKATER IN NHL CSS MIDTERM RANKINGS
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Calgary, AB – Leon
Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders is the top-ranked skater from the
Western Hockey League in NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings of North
American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Kootenay Ice captain Sam Reinhart is the fourth-ranked skater while defenceman
Haydn Fleury (No. 6) and Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen (No. 9) also made
the top 10 in the mid-term rankings.
Draisaitl, a product of Cologne, Germany, is in his second season in the WHL
with the Raiders, and currently leads the team and ranks among the top 10 in
League scoring. The 6’2”, 208-lb center
also captained Germany in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
“He plays a big, power forward-style of game. He goes to the net and the
opposition has a hard time stopping him from getting there. He's a big presence
in front of the goal and skates well with deceptive speed. He can shoot the
puck and overpower goalies with it. I like his style and attitude; he has a lot
of upside,” commented NHL Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald on Draisaitl’s
Reinhart, a Vancouver, B.C., native, is in his third season in the WHL with the
Ice, and put up 53 points, including a team-best 35 assists, in 34 games. The youngest of three brothers – all current
or former WHL players – Reinhart suited up for Canada in the 2014 World Junior
Championship alongside his older brother, Griffin of the Edmonton Oil
Kings. The 2012 WHL Rookie of the Year,
Reinhart has already amassed 202 points in 177 career regular-season WHL contests.
“Exceptional player with the puck, his offensive hockey sense is off the charts
with his vision and playmaking,” said Dan Mar, director of NHL Central
Scouting. “A good skater whose top-end
speed can still improve, but he's just shown scouts that he can keep pace on
the World Junior stage. A responsible player who quietly leads his team.”
Four other WHL skaters rank among the top 30 in the mid-term rankings including
Swift Current Broncos’ defencemen Julius Honka (No. 13) and Brycen Martin (No.
20), Saskatoon Blades Russian rookie Nikita Scherbak (No. 24), and Portland
Winterhawks forward Chase De Leo (No. 26).
Ty Edmonds of the Prince George Cougars is the highest-ranked WHL goaltender in
the mid-term rankings of North American goalies, coming in at No. 8 on the
Edmonds, a product of Winnipeg, MB, is in his first season in the WHL with the
Cougars, and has posted a 13-14-1-3 mark with two shutouts in 37
appearances. Everett’s Austin Lotz (No.
11), Moose Jaw’s Justin Paulic (No. 13), Saskatoon’s Alex Moodie (No. 24) and
Swift Current’s Landon Bow (No. 29) are also in the rankings.
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