NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings Released
NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to be held June 22-23 in Dallas, Texas. Four Mooseheads are featured prominently in the rankings.
Filip Zadina will go to the draft listed as the third best available North American skater. The forward sits behind only American Brady Tkachuk and Barrie Colts sniper Andrei Svechnikov. Zadina had an excellent rookie season with the Mooseheads by scoring 82 points on 44 goals and 38 assists while adding another 12 points in nine playoff games. The Czech Republic native won the Michael Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s Top Professional Prospect. Zadina was selected 11th over by Halifax General Manager Cam Russell in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.
Jared McIsaac is ranked as the 13th best available North American skater and fifth best defenceman. McIsaac completed his second season with the Mooseheads in 2017-18 and scored 47 points in 65 games. The recently turned 18-year-old is already up to 12th all-time in franchise scoring by a defenceman with 79 career points. McIsaac hails from Truro, NS but now calls Dartmouth home. He is poised to become the first Nova Scotian defenceman selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft since Al MacInnis and Paul Boutilier were taken in the opening round of the 1981 draft.
Benoit Olivier-Groulx was handed the ranking of 20th among North American skaters. He has impressed scouts with his two-way game which has drawn comparisons to Jonathan Toews. Groulx played in all 68 regular season games for Halifax in his sophomore year, scoring 55 points while adding 100 penalty minutes. The 18-year-old was the first overall selection in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft after the Mooseheads won the draft lottery.
Alex Gravel finishes the season as Central Scouting’s third ranked goalie in North America behind two of his QMJHL peers. Drummondville’s Olivier Rodrigue is in the top spot followed by Cape Breton’s Kevin Mandolese. Gravel is 37-45 in his two-year Mooseheads career after he was selected early in the second round of the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft. Scouts love his size between the pipes as the Asbestos, QC native stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in the vicinity of 215 pounds. He has had particularly impressive numbers in the playoffs with a 2.80 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in 14 career postseason games.