Eight Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) players have been identified in the NHL Central Scouting (NHLCS) Final Rankings for the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
Brooks Bandits forward Aiden Fink was the top ranked CJHL player at #63 among North American skaters, followed by teammate Hudson Malinoski at # 65. A total of 12 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players earned a spot in the final rankings.
- #63 Aiden Fink, RW, Brooks Bandits
- #65 Hudson Malinoski, C, Brooks Bandits
- #135 Morgan Brady, D, Spruce Grove Saints
- #140 Aiden Celebrini, D, Brooks Bandits
- #192 Sam Court, D, Brooks Bandits
- #195 Ty Daneault, RW, Drumheller Dragons
- #212 Nicholas Wolfenberg, D, Okotoks Oilers
- #216 Cade Christenson, D, Sherwood Park Crusaders
In its 48th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Vice President of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time scouts throughout North America.
Cale Makar of the Brooks Bandits is the highest-ever drafted player from the Alberta Junior Hockey League, chosen fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. A total of 98 players have been drafted directly from the Alberta Junior Hockey League since 1980.
The 2023 NHL Draft is scheduled from June 28-29 and will be hosted by the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.