NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft which will be held in Chicago, Il on Friday and Saturday 23-24. Halifax Mooseheads superstar rookie Nico Hischier will enter the draft as the number two ranked prospect behind Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nolan Patrick.
Hischier finished his first season in North America with 86 points on 38 goals and 48 assists in 57 games which was good for 10th in QMJHL scoring. He added another three goals and four assists in six playoff games with the Mooseheads. Hischier is currently in Slovakia preparing for the IIHF U18 World Championships with Team Switzerland. The 2016 sixth overall pick in the CHL Import Draft was named the QMJHL’s Rookie of the Year, Top Professional Prospect and was named to the Rookie All-Star Team.
Nolan was hampered by injuries at both the start of the season and the end of the year in Brandon, playing only 33 games and recording 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in his limited time. He is the first WHL player to be ranked first since Portland defenceman Seth Jones in 2013, the year that Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon was chosen first overall by the Colorado Avalanche.
Mooseheads defenceman Jocktan Chainey is the 126th North American skater, while Arnaud Durandeau (previously unranked) comes in at 177th on the list after a strong finish to the season. Also cracking Central Scotuing’s rankings were; Maxime Fortier (181st) and Walter Flower (193rd). Big blueliner Mathieu Charlebois was left off the list despite being ranked 214th in the midterm report.
You can view the entire NHL Central Scouting Rankings by clicking here.
The NHL Draft Lottery is expected to be held on Saturday, April 29th with the Colorado Avalanche holding the best odds at landing the top pick, followed by the Vancouver Canucks and the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights.