Defenceman Ivan Provorov was listed as an 'A' prospect or a first round candidate, which is a jump from the 'B' status he received in the first preliminary rankings in late September.
"It's exciting but there's still a long way to go," said the 6-foot-0, 191 pound Provorov on Thursday, "You have to work hard and try to get better every day."
This season is the fourth in North American for the 17-year old product of Yaroslavl, Russia.
Provorov was the 30th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft after spending the 2013-2014 campaign with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, and the previous two seasons playing midget and bantam hockey in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The move to North America was made, in part, to better prepare for a move to professional hockey -- a move that seems to be paying dividends.
"The ice surface is smaller, so it takes time to get used to it and, like I said, to get a chance to get drafted higher," said Provorov, "I would say the WHL/CHL is the best junior league in the world, and the schedule is really close to the NHL so it helps you to get ready for the next level."
Provorov has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in 23 games this season, tops among all WHL rookies and third-est among WHL defencemen.
Four other Wheat Kings were on the CSS list that was released on Thursday.
Ryan Pilon and Jesse Gabrielle were both 'B' Prospects or 2nd and 3rd round candidates while Rihards Bukarts and Jordan Papirny were 'C' Prospects or 4th, 5th and 6th round candidates.
You can find the complete list at http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=739668
Chaff...Plenty of trade activity in the WHL late Wednesday and Thursday. Calgary acquired D Keenan Kanzig, 19, and a 2016 2nd round pick from Victoria for F Greg Chase, 19, a 5th in 2015 and an 8th in 2016; Swift Current traded F Dakota Odgers, 18, to Vancouver for a 5th round pick in 2015; Saskatoon dealt F Cory Millette, 19, to Prince Albert for a 5th round pick in 2016 and Kamloops sent F Jesse Shynkaruk, 18, to Moose Jaw for a 4th round pick in 2017...Brandon will play a doubleheader against the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday and Saturday at Westman Communications Group Place. Friday's game will be Mark Stone bobblehead night, with the first 2,000 fans receiving a likeness of the former Wheat Kings' captain.