Colton Dach Among 36 WHL Players Named to NHL Central Scouting 'Players to Watch' List
Calgary, Alta. - Former first-round pick Colton Dach is officially on NHL radars across North America.
The Fort Saskatchewan, AB product has cracked NHL Central Scouting's 'Players to Watch' list with a "C" rating - indicating he's likely to be chosen in the fourth, fifth, or sixth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Dach, who's the younger brother to former Blade and budding superstar Kirby, is coming off a 29-point campaign in a shortened 62-game season. The rookie lit the lamp 11 times to compliment 18 assists, and piled up 45 penalty minutes to go with a plus-7 rating.
Dach is among 36 Western Hockey League players named to the list. The entire list of players, along with the WHL press release, can be found below.
Calgary, Alta. - The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 36 WHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting's 'Players to Watch' List for the 2021 NHL Draft. The annual 'Players to Watch' list was issued Tuesday by the NHL Central Scouting Service.
NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories. The 'A' rating indicates players projected to be first-round candidates. The 'B' rating indicates players projected to be second- or third-round candidates, and the 'C' rating indicates players projected to be fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidates. Though no players received this designation, 'LV' represents a player who has not had sufficient viewings, due to injury.
Five WHL players were assigned 'A' ratings, including Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Ryder Korczak, Winnipeg ICE defenceman Carson Lambos, Seattle Thunderbirds forward Conner Roulette, and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Cole Sillinger.
Four WHL players were given 'B' ratings, including Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Nolan Allan, Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Sebastian Cossa, Portland Winterhawks forward Jack O'Brien, and Kamloops Blazers forward Logan Stankoven. A total of 27 WHL players earned 'C' ratings.
Overall, 18 of 22 WHL Clubs are represented in the preliminary 'Players to Watch' List. The Brandon Wheat Kings, Moose Jaw Warriors, Portland Winterhawks, Prince Albert Raiders, Red Deer Rebels, and Seattle Thunderbirds all boast three players each to lead WHL Clubs. Six other WHL Clubs each have two players listed. Another six WHL Clubs are represented by a single player on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list.
A total of 20 WHL forwards find themselves on the list, joined by 12 WHL defencemen, and four WHL goaltenders.
2021 NHL Central Scouting 'Players to Watch' - WHL Players
PTW Last Name First Name Team Height Weight Position
A Guenther Dylan Edmonton 6'0" 166 RW
A Korczak Ryder Moose Jaw 5'10" 164 C
A Lambos Carson Winnipeg 6'0" 200 D
A Roulette Conner Seattle 5'11" 161 LW
A Sillinger Cole Medicine Hat 5'11" 194 LW
B Allan Nolan Prince Albert 6'1" 174 D
B Cossa Sebastian Edmonton 6'5" 207 G
B O'Brien Jack Portland 6'0" 154 C
B Stankoven Logan Kamloops 5'8" 170 C
C Alarie Eric Moose Jaw 6'0" 197 LW
C Bankier Caedan Kamloops 6'0" 164 C
C Boyko Talyn Tri-City 6'6" 184 G
C Busygin Yaroslav Brandon 6'2" 170 D
C Chiasson Jake Brandon 6'1" 165 RW
C Ciona Lucas Seattle 6'2" 201 LW
C Dach Colton Saskatoon 6'2" 186 C
C Englot Drew Regina 6'2" 194 RW
C Grubbe Jayden Red Deer 6'2" 192 C
C Iorio Vincent Brandon 6'2" 191 D
C Jordan Cole Moose Jaw 6'0" 173 D
C Knak Simon Portland 6'0" 185 RW
C Kosior Landon Prince Albert 5'11" 190 D
C Kozak Tyson Portland 5'10" 160 C
C Krebs Dru Medicine Hat 5'11" 167 D
C Lajoie Marc Tri-City 6'4" 226 D
C Masters Kyle Red Deer 5'11" 155 D
C Milne Michael Winnipeg 5'10" 182 LW
C Ostapchuk Zack Vancouver 6'3" 187 C
C Sedoff Christoffer Red Deer 6'1" 190 D
C Serhyenko Carter Prince Albert 6'4" 193 G
C Stringer Zack Lethbridge 6'0" 155 LW
C Sward Graham Spokane 6'1" 169 D
C Thomson Bryan Lethbridge 6'3" 179 G
C Tschigerl Sean Calgary 6'0" 179 LW
C Uchacz Kai Seattle 6'1" 190 C
C Zellweger Olen Everett 5'8" 162 D
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-, or sixth-round candidate
LV (Limited Viewing) - Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized
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