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Parascak, Becher, and Laing Named to NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings for 2024 NHL Draft

April 16, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
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Fifty-seven Western Hockey League players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in its Final Rankings ahead of the 2024 NHL Draft, the WHL confirmed Tuesday.

The Final Rankings were revealed by NHL Central Scouting on Tuesday morning.

Seven WHL skaters are listed within the top 20 North American skaters, including Lindstrom, Berkly Catton (Spokane Chiefs), Tij Iginla (Kelowna Rockets), Carter Yakemchuk (Calgary Hitmen), Terik Parascak (Prince George Cougars), Julius Miettinen (Everett Silvertips) and Ryder Ritchie (Prince Albert Raiders).

Four WHL netminders ranked in the top 10 North American Goaltenders- Lukas Matecha (Tri-City-Americans), Dawson Cowan (Spokane Chiefs), Evan Gardner (Saskatoon Blades) and Chase Wutzke (Red Deer Rebels).

All 22 WHL clubs are represented in the Final Rankings. The Calgary Hitmen lead the way with five ranked players, while the Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, Medicine Hat Tigers and Spokane Chiefs have four players ranked. Five more teams, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Prince George Cougars, Red Deer Rebels, Regina Pats and Victoria Royals have three ranked players each.

Thirty-five WHL forwards are ranked, followed by 16 WHL defencemen and six WHL goaltenders.

The 57 WHLers recognized are tied with the Ontario Hockey League for the most listed players in the Canadian Hockey League. In total, 149 CHL players are listed, including 57 from the OHL and 35 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

2023-24 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings - WHL Skaters

Rank Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position

3 Lindstrom Cayden Chetwynd, B.C. Medicine Hat 6'3.25 210 C

8 Catton Berkly Saskatoon, Sask. Spokane 5'10 170 C

9 Iginla Tij Lake Country, B.C. Kelowna 5'11.75 182 C

11 Yakemchuk Carter Calgary, Alta. Calgary 6'2.75 201 D

15 Parascak Terik Lethbridge, Alta. Prince George 5'11.5 173 RW

18 Miettinen Julius Helsinki, Fin. Everett 6'2.5 203 C

19 Ritchie Ryder Kelowna, B.C. Prince Albert 5'11.75 175 RW

22 Jecho Adam Zlin, Cze. Edmonton 6'4.75 197 C

26 Basha Andrew Calgary, Alta. Medicine Hat 5'11 174 LW

31 Elick Charlie Calgary, Alta. Brandon 6'3.25 194 D

36 Roberts Colton Maple Ridge, B.C. Vancouver 6'3.75 192 D

38 Smith Tarin Porcupine Plane, Sask. Everett 6'1 175 D

40 Josephson Ollie Victoria, B.C. Red Deer 6'0 178 C

41 Howe Tanner Prince Albert, Sask. Regina 5'9.5 175 LW

50 Wetsch Carson North Vancouver, B.C. Calgary 6'0.25 190 RW

52 Brunicke Harrison Calgary, Alta. Kamloops 6'2.5 184 D

53 Marques Miguel Prince George, B.C. Lethbridge 5'10.75 173 RW

58 Curran Maxmillian Prague, Cze. Tri-City 6'2.5 198 RW

63 Gojsic Hiroki Langley, B.C. Kelowna 6'2.75 198 RW

64 Mrsic Tomas Surrey, B.C. Medicine Hat 5'11.25 170 C

69 Becher Ondrej Ostrava, Cze. Prince George 6'1 184 C

77 Caswell Clarke Brandon, Man. Swift Current 5'10.75 170 LW

84 Jamieson Eric Calgary, Alta. Everett 6'2.5 199 D

86 Laing Hunter Kelowna, B.C. Prince George 6'5.25 205 C

89 Misskey Nate Melfort, Sask. Victoria 6'3.25 210 D

93 McIsaac William Vancouver, B.C. Spokane 6'3 192 D

107 Mayes Nathan Salmon Arm, B.C. Spokane 6'3.75 194 D

111 Thorpe Tyler Richmond, B.C. Vancouver 6'4 209 RW

112 Alcos Parker Port Moody, B.C. Edmonton 6'2.5 180 D

119 Mistelbacher Luke Steinbach, Man. Swift Current 5'11.75 195 RW

134 Buttazzoni Diego Langley, B.C. Portland 5'9 183 C

136 Heslop Jesse Nanaimo, B.C Everett 5'10.5 171 LW

138 Fawcett Keets Grimshaw, Alta. Calgary 5'9.75 167 RW

141 Cooper Miles Calgary, Alta. Wenatchee 5'9.75 163 C

146 Pederson Rhys Stettler, Alta. Edmonton 6'3.75 194 D

150 Vaughan Jaxsin Merritt, B.C. Regina 6'0.75 206 RW

155 Vaughan Corbin Merritt, B.C. Regina 6'0 205 D

157 Zakreski Josh Saskatoon, Sask. Portland 5'10.5 188 LW

160 Lovsin Simon Stony Plain, Alta. Seattle 5'11.5 176 RW

161 Smith Shane Cessford, Alta. Medicine Hat 6'0.25 194 C

170 Edwards Brayden Abbotsford, B.C. Lethbridge 6'0 186 C

176 McKenzie Pavel Cumberland House, Sask. Moose Jaw 6'0 186 C

179 Valliant Chase Surrey, B.C. Calgary 6'0.25 174 C

187 Drancak Samuel Strakonice, Cze. Red Deer 5'11.25 185 C

202 Pickford Bryce Chauvin, Alta. Seattle 5'11.5 170 D

204 Williams Dax Calgary, Alta. Calgary 6'0 190 D

206 Fryer Seth Victoria, B.C. Victoria 6'6.5 197 D

212 Hadland Caleb Sylvan Lake, Alta. Brandon 5'9.75 174 LW

216 Fluker Josh Boissevain, Man. Wenatchee 6'0 160 D

223 Hodnett Gavin Winnipeg, Man. Edmonton 5'6.5 158 LW

224 Ward Landen Lloydminster, Alta. Lethbridge 6'2.75 200 LW

2023-24 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings - WHL Goaltenders

Rank Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position

3 Matecha Lukas Pardubice, Cze. Tri-City 6'3 196 G

5 Cowan Dawson Warren, Man. Spokane 6'1.75 186 G

7 Gardner Evan Fort St. John, B.C. Saskatoon 6'0 175 G

9 Wutzke Chase Calgary, Alta. Red Deer 6'1.75 158 G

27 Unger Jackson Calgary, Alta. Moose Jaw 6'1.25 185 G

29 Tamelin Ryan Invermere, B.C. Victoria 6'8 201 G


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