Wednesday, 8 April 2015

NHL CSS Releases Final Rankings


Ivan Provorov
  Brandon Wheat Kings' defenceman Ivan Provorov should be a Top-10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, according to the final rankings released by the NHL Central Scouting Service on Wednesday.

  Provorov was ranked 7th among North American skaters after a regular season that saw him finish fourth among defenceman and tops among all WHL rookies in scoring with 61 points.

  "It's always nice to see your name up there...top-10 is always great," said Provorov, "Just trying to play hard every day and help my team win."

  Provorov also registered a +36 rating (tied for 13th in the WHL) and was named the Eastern Conference nominee for the Bill Hunter Trophy as WHL Defenceman of the Year.

  Three other Wheat Kings were mentioned in the final rankings.

  Blueliner Ryan Pilon was 24th, up seven spots from his mid-season rating.

  "You always want to get better as the season goes on and I feel like I did that," said Pilon, "I think I improved as the season went on, got more mature and, hopefully, that number reflects it."

  Meanwhile, top-scorer Tim McGauley was #165 and netminder Jordan Papirny was 28th among North American goaltenders.

Ryan Pilon
  One thing that could help all the Wheat Kings in their draft status would be a lengthy playoff run.

  "You always look at team success first and all your personal stuff after," added Pilon, "As long as we keep winning, I think our rankings will keep going up."

  Connor McDavid of the OHL's Erie Otters and Jake Eichel of Boston University were 1-2, as expected, with Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin holding down the #3 spot.

  The NHL Draft will take place June 26-27 in Sunrise, Florida.

  You can find the complete rankings here.

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