FORTIER & SOMPPI: FUTURE STARS
A couple of Mooseheads forwards are setting themselves up for future success thanks to their stand out play on the ice so far this season.
The players have recently been named to TSN Director of Scouting and ex-NHL general manager Craig Button’s Top 100 Prospects list with Fortier slotting in at #54 and Somppi at #69.
The 18-year-old Fortier leads the Mooseheads in scoring with 55 points including 24 goals and 31 assists. He has played right wing on the top line for most of the season and is enjoying a breakout year in terms of personal statistics.
Fortier had the honour of playing for Team QMJHL for two games earlier this season during the CHL Canada/Russia Series which saw him pick up an assist in a QMJHL victory at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
(Pictured: Fortier left, Somppi right w/ Arnaud Durandeau middle)
Somppi celebrated his 18th birthday less than a week ago and is playing in his rookie season with the Herd. The native of Helsinki, Finland was the 18th player taken in June’s CHL Import Draft and has produced nine goals and 21 assists in 31 games played. He was listed as a “B” prospect in November’s NHL Central Scouting rankings which projects Somppi to go in the second or third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft to be held June 24-25th in Buffalo, NY.
Somppi will also be suiting up for Team Orr later this month in the Annual NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, BC.
NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings on Tuesday morning which listed Somppi 47th and Fortier 145th among North American draft eligible skaters.
With these two players entrenched as franchise cornerstones, the future for the young Mooseheads team is bright.