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Cougars goalie Taylor Gauthier makes midterm NHL Central Scouting list

The Western Hockey League has announced that 51 WHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft.

The only Prince George Cougars to make the list is goalie Taylor Gauthier, at 27th among goaltenders.

Headlining the most recent list of draft-eligible talent are nine WHL skaters inside the top 30 North American skaters as well as four of the top 10 North American goaltenders. At seventh on the list, defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders / Sherwood Park, Alta.) is the top-ranked WHL skater while Brock Gould (Moose Jaw Warriors / Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the top-ranked WHL goaltender, coming in at fourth among North American goalies.

In addition to Guhle, WHL skaters ranked inside the top 31 of North American skaters include defenceman Braden Schneider (Eighth – Brandon Wheat Kings / Prince Albert, Sask.), forward Connor Zary (12th – Kamloops Blazers / Saskatoon, Sask.), forward Ozzy Wiesblatt (14th – Prince Albert Raiders / Calgary, Alta.), forward Seth Jarvis (19th – Portland Winterhawks / Winnipeg, Man.), defenceman Daemon Hunt (22nd  – Moose Jaw Warriors / Brandon, Man.), forward Justin Sourdif (23rd – Vancouver Giants / Surrey, B.C.), forward Ridly Greig (25th – Brandon Wheat Kings / Lethbridge, Alta.), and forward Jake Neighbours (30th – Edmonton Oil Kings / Airdrie, Alta.).

The Portland Winterhawks lead all WHL member Clubs with five players ranked. Jarvis is the top-ranked skater of the quintet, with Simon Knak (61st – Zurich, Switzerland), Cross Hanas (65th – Highland Village, Texas), Jonas Brøndberg (107th – Aalborg, Denmark), and Robbie Fromm-Delorme (165th – Richmond, B.C.) also finding their way onto the NHL’s radar. The defending WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders, Everett Silvertips, and Lethbridge Hurricanes, each have four players ranked. Six WHL member Clubs have a trio of players recognized while seven have a pair of players listed. The Kelowna Rockets and Prince George Cougars are represented by a single player each.

Overall, the list includes 28 forwards, 15 defencemen, and eight goaltenders. The list includes the 14 players who are set to participate at the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this coming Thursday in Hamilton, Ont.

The 2020 NHL Draft will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que. from June 26 to 27, 2020.

2020 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MIDTERM RANKINGS – WHL PLAYERS 

Skaters

PTW Last Name First Name Team Height Weight Position
7 Guhle Kaiden Prince Albert 6’2” 188 D
8 Schneider Braden Brandon 6’2” 202 D
12 Zary Connor Kamloops 6’0” 177 C
14 Wiesblatt Ozzy Prince Albert 5’10” 183 RW
19 Jarvis Seth Portland 5’10” 179 C
22 Hunt Daemon Moose Jaw 6’0” 198 D
23 Sourdif Justin Vancouver 5’11” 173 RW
25 Greig Ridly Brandon 5’11” 164 C
30 Neighbours Jake Edmonton 6’0” 197 LW
43 McClennon Connor Winnipeg 5’8” 163 RW
46 Finley Jack Spokane 6’6” 213 C
50 Sedoff Christoffer Red Deer 6’2” 193 D
61 Knak Simon Portland 6’1” 185 RW
63 Usau Ilya Prince Albert 6’0” 182 C
65 Hanas Cross Portland 6’1” 167 LW
73 Seeley Ronan Everett 6’0” 176 D
80 Hughes Bear Spokane 6’1” 171 C
84 Puutio Kasper Everett 5’11” 184 D
86 Prokop Luke Calgary 6’4” 219 D
89 Novak Pavel Kelowna 5’9” 170 RW
92 Goncalves Gage Everett 6’0” 165 C
95 Kubicek Simon Seattle 6’2” 205 D
107 Brøndberg Jonas Portland 6’4” 189 D
111 Rhinehart Rhett Saskatoon 6’3” 203 D
117 Okuliar Oliver Lethbridge 6’1” 181 LW
118 Cotton Alex Lethbridge 6’2” 175 D
121 Pederson Owen Winnipeg 6’3” 191 C
125 Zloty Benjamin Winnipeg 5’10” 175 D
126 Kosior Landon Prince Albert 5’11” 190 D
131 Pillar Josh Kamloops 5’11” 171 C
134 Robins Tristen Saskatoon 5’10” 176 RW
136 McCartney Ben Brandon 6’0” 182 LW
149 Williams Josh Edmonton 6’1” 190 RW
151 King Ben Red Deer 6’2” 194 C
153 Shepard Cole Vancouver 5’11” 157 LW
157 Gut Michal Everett 6’0” 187 C
165 Fromm-Delorme Robbie Portland 6’1” 182 RW
168 Bauer Tyrel Seattle 6’3” 206 D
171 Brook Jakob Regina 6’2” 183 RW
177 Evans Ryker Regina 5’11” 180 D
180 Boyko Noah Lethbridge 6’0” 173 RW
194 Souch Carter Edmonton 5’9” 166 LW
195 Svejkovsky Lukas Medicine Hat 5’10” 165 C


Goaltenders

PTW Last Name First Name Team Height Weight Position
4 Gould Brock Moose Jaw 6’5” 201 G
5 Thomson Bryan Lethbridge 6’4” 179 G
7 Garand Dylan Kamloops 6’0” 173 G
10 Bjorklund Garin Medicine Hat 6’2” 173 G
14 McNaughton Jack Calgary 6’1” 179 G
23 Lyda Blake Seattle 6’2” 161 G
27 Gauthier Taylor Prince George 6’1” 193 G
31 MacInnes Koen Saskatoon 6’2” 182 G

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