3 AJHL Players, 15 CJHL Players Named to ’17 NHL Draft Mid-Season Rankings

AJHL’s Makar tabbed 10th among North American skaters

CALGARY, Alta. – National Hockey League Central Scouting released its mid-season rankings Wednesday for the upcoming NHL Draft, June 23-24 in Chicago, and 14 players from within the  Canadian Junior Hockey League are on that list.

Headlining the CJHL contingent on the mid-season NHL CS listings is Brooks Bandits (AJHL) defenceman Cale Makar, who was slotted 10th overall among North American skaters.  Two other blueliners in Ian Mitchell of the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) and Cameron Crotty of the Brockville Braves (CCHL) round out the top three CJHL players tabbed at 45 and 68 respectively.

Ty Taylor of the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) was the top rated CJHL goaltender at No. 29 among North American netminders.

All 14 CJHL players on the mid-season draft rankings list will be among the two sides that will compete in the CJHL Prospects Game at Ed Lumley Arena in Cornwall, Ont. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the CJHL Prospects Game remain available by contacting the Cornwall Civic Complex/Ed Lumley Arena box office at (613) 938-9400.

The cost for tickets is $10 each; $9 per-person for groups of 20 or more, while children 12 and under are $5.

The CJHL Prospects Game will also be streamed online at HockeyTV.com.

CJHL players on NHL Central Scouting mid-season rankings:

10  Cale Makar  D  Brooks Bandits  AJHL
45  Ian Mitchell   D  Spruce Grove Saints  AJHL
68  Cameron Crotty  D  Brockville Braves  CCHL
101  Bryce Misley   F  Oakville  OJHL
111  Nick Campoli  F  North York  OJHL
115  Bobby Dow   F  Kemptville 73's   CCHL
129  Kale Howarth  F  Trail Smoke Eaters  BCHL
155  Finn Evans   F  St. Michael's Buzzers  OJHL
165  Matthew Kellenberger  D  Oakville Blades  OJHL
171  Philip Lagunov   F  Burlington Cougars  OJHL
213  Jarrod Gourley   D  Spruce Grove Saints  AJHL
215  Griffin Mendel   D  Penticton Vees  BCHL
217  Joey Berkopec  D  Burlington Cougars  OJHL


29  Ty Taylor  G  Vernon Vipers  BCHL