Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Liston Tops CSS Rankings

Liam Liston of the Brandon Wheat Kings is tops among all Western Hockey League goaltenders in the preliminary rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service, which were released on Tuesday.

The preliminary rankings rate players in each respective league.

“It’s early but it’s always fun to be recognized by a group like Central Scouting,” said Liston prior to Tuesday’s game against Portland, “It’s certainly an honour on that list and in the position I am. As far as things go moving forward, we’re really excited about the direction our team’s going and where we’re headed.”

The 17-year old Liston has a 9-5-1 record in 16 appearances this season, recording a 2.79 goals against average and .909 save percentage.

Being rated highly for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is just another link in Liston's rookie season in the Western Hockey League.

“The talk around the rink will always be there and, at times, it creeps into your mind a little bit but I think that’s part of the challenge of adapting to play in this league is being to block things out likes that and outside pressures like that,” adds Liston, “I think part of our job as elite athletes is being able to focus on playing the game the right way and letting the results take care of themselves.”

Liston is followed in the WHL goaltender rankings by Prince Albert's Eric Williams and Vancouver's Brendan Jensen.

As far as the WHL skaters are concerned, no members of the Wheat Kings cracked the top 25.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels is #1, following by Sven Bartschi and Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks.

David Musil of the Vancouver Giants and Joe Morrow of the Winterhawks round out the top five.

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