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Three T-Birds Listed on Final NHL Central Scouting 2020 Draft Rankings

April 8, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Seattle Thunderbirds News Release

KENT - Three Seattle Thunderbirds are listed on the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings released today for 2020 NHL Draft.

"We are happy for our guys that got the recognition of NHL Central Scouting. They all have the ability to be NHL prospects," said T-Birds general manager Bil La Forge. "I have also had numerous calls with NHL teams about a number of our players who are not on the Central Scouting list."

Defenseman Simon Kubicek is ranked 136. Kubicek, born December 19, 2001, had seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 52 games this past season. Kubicek represented the Czech Republic at the 2020 World Junior Championship. He had a goal and two assists at the Championship.

In 2018-19 Kubicek had nine goals and 19 assists for 29 points with 57 penalty minutes in 61 games. Kubicek was selected by the T-Birds in the second round, 89th overall, in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

Defenseman Tyrel Bauer is ranked 166. Bauer, born March 23, 2002 and in his second season with the T-Birds, had three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 60 games. Last season he played in 64 games and had two goals and 12 assists for 14 points with 91 penalty minutes. Bauer was selected by the T-Birds in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2017 Bantam Draft.

Goalie Blake Lyda is ranked number 26 among goalies. Lyda, born May 21, 2002, appeared in 18 games this season and had a 3-11-0-0 record with a 4.67 goals against average and a .876 save percentage. Lyda was acquired from the Everett Silvertips on May 2, 2019, for a third round pick in the 2021 Bantam Draft.

Kubicek, Bauer and Lyda are three of 52 WHL players listed on the NHL Central Scouting 2020 Final Rankings.


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