Tue Nov 20

Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones is the top-ranked WHL skater in NHL Central Scouting’s fall preliminary rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Jones, a 6’3”, 208-lb rearguard from Plano, Texas, leads a group of seven defencemen who are among the top 10 WHL skaters in the preliminary rankings.  Originally drafted by the Everett Silvertips in the first round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Jones was acquired by the Winterhawks in May 2012.  The talented two-way defenceman has enjoyed a strong start to his WHL career, helping the Winterhawks stay at the top U.S. Division standings.

Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Hunter Shinkaruk is at No. 2 on the list of WHL skaters.  The 18-year-old from Calgary, AB, enjoyed a breakout campaign last season with the Tigers, scoring 49 goals and 91 points, and currently ranks among the WHL scoring leaders through the first two months of the 2012-13 season.

Brandon Wheat Kings’ defencemen Ryan Pulock and Eric Roy are both among the top 10 WHL skaters, with Pulock coming in at No. 3 on the list and Roy at No. 9.  Pulock currently leads all WHL defencemen in scoring while Roy also sits among the top-scoring defencemen in the WHL.

Seattle’s Shea Theodore is the fourth-ranked WHL skater in NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings.  The Aldergrove, B.C., product posted 35 points in 69 games as a 16-year-old rookie last season, and currently sits among the T-Birds’ scoring leaders this season.

Regina Pats’ star forward Morgan Klimchuk rounds out the top five WHL skaters.  The Calgary, AB, product has already put up 13 goals this season after scoring 18 as a rookie last year.

Prince Albert Raiders’ smooth-skating defenceman Josh Morrissey, Everett Silvertips’ Swiss rookie defenceman Mirco Mueller, Edmonton Oil Kings’ hulking forward Curtis Lazar and Kelowna Rockets’ two-way defender Madison Bowey are also among the top 10 WHL skaters in the rankings.

Tri-City Americans goaltender Eric Comrie is the top-ranked WHL netminder in NHL Central Scouting’s rankings.  The Newport Beach, CA, product was the Ams’ first-round pick, 13th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, and has enjoyed a strong start to the 2012-13 season.  Last season, as a 16-year-old rookie, Comrie posted an impressive 19-6-2 record with a 2.67 goals-against average in 31 appearances.

Edmonton Oil Kings’ netminder Tristan Jarry and Portland’s Brendan Burke round out the top three WHL goaltenders in the rankings.

CLICK HERE for the full list of WHL players in NHL Central Scouting’s fall preliminary rankings for the 2013 NHL draft