Mooseheads dominate NHL Draft midterm rankings
NHL Central Scouting released the midterm rankings for June’s NHL Entry Draft on Monday and the Halifax Mooseheads were well represented. Three players are projected to be selected in the first round on June 22nd in Dallas, Texas. Filip Zadina was named the second best available North American skater behind Barrie Colts star Andrei Svechnikov, while Jared McIsaac is listed 12th and Benoit-Olivier Groulx 18th. Meantime Mooseheads netminder Alex Gravel was named the top rated goalie in North America.
“There are strong cases to be made for either Svechnikov or Zadina to be ranked in the No. 1 spot,” Dan Marr director of NHL Central Scouting told NHL.com. “Both are first-year players who quickly established themselves on their respective teams and in their leagues as impact players capable of influencing the game every time they’re on the ice.
Zadina is second in team scoring for the Mooseheads and seventh in the QMJHL with 27 goals, 26 assists and 53 points in 38 games. McIsaac would become the first Nova Scotia born defenceman to be selected in the first round of the NHL draft since Al MacInnis and Paul Boutilier were taken in the opening round in 1981. McIsaac has five goals and 21 assists for 26 points in 45 games. Groulx is described as an all-around player with great defensive skills and the ability to score in tough areas. He has 19 goals, 16 assists and 35 points in 47 games this season. Alex Gravel finished a terrific rookie season with a great showing against Rouyn-Noranda in the playoffs and has posted an 11-7-3-1 record as a 17-year-old. He has a career .900 save percentage and a 3.09 goal against average. Scouts love his size (6-foot-3, 220lbs) and ability to track the puck.