The NHL’s Central Scouting Service released their midseason rankings for the 2015 draft on Tuesday. Connor McDavid tops the list, followed by Americans Jack Eichel, and Noah Hanafin.
Despite missing a good chunk of the 2014-15 season after sustaining a knee injury in November, Mathew Barzal remains the highest-ranked player from British Columbia at No. 9. Barzal has scored seven goals and added 11 assists in 16 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Prince George Cougars centre Jansen Harkins also has a first round grade, coming in at No. 18.
In total there are 18 skaters from B.C. that made the top 200.
In the goaltender rankings, Nick McBride of the Prince Albert Raiders is the lone B.C. netminder that cracked the top 35 slotting in at No. 13.
Top 200 – BC Skaters:
#9 C Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (Coquitlam, BC – BWC)
#18 C Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (North Vancouver, BC – NSWC)
#32 C Adam Musil, Red Deer Rebels (Delta, BC – BWC)
#37 C Glenn Gawdin, Swift Current Broncos (Richmond, BC – Seafair MHA)
#38 D Noah Juulsen, Everett Silvertips (Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford MHA)
#46 D Parker Wotherspoon, Tri-City Americans (Surrey, BC – Cloverdale MHA)
#63 LW Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds (Kamloops, BC – Kamloops MHA)
#108 D Devante Stephens, Kelowna Rockets (Surrey, BC – Semiahmoo MHA)
#110 RW Deven Sideroff, Kamloops Blazers (Summerland, BC – OHA)
#123 C Marcus Vela, BCHL Langley Rivermen (Burnaby, BC – Burnaby MHA)
#134 D Joe Gatenby, Kelowna Rockets (Kelowna, BC – POE)
#137 D Kevin Davis, Everett Silvertips (Kamloops, BC – Kamloops MHA)
#144 C Matthew Bradley, Medicine Hat Tigers (Surrey, BC – Semiahmoo MHA)
#150 C Brad Morrison, Prince George Cougars (Prince George, BC – OHA)
#152 C Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals (Richmond, BC – Cloverdale MHA)
#160 C Dryden Hunt, Medicine Hat Tigers (Nelson, BC – Notre Dame Hounds, SK)
#189 RW Liam Finlay, BCHL Vernon Vipers (Kelowna, BC – POE)
#199 D Chaz Reddekopp, Victoria Royals (West Kelowna, BC – POE)
Top 35 – BC Goalies:
#13 G Nick McBride, Prince Albert Raiders (Maple Ridge, BC – BWC)
There were two B.C. players taken in the first round of last year’s draft. North Vancouver’s Sam Reinhart went No. 2 to Buffalo while Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen was picked sixth by his hometown Vancouver Canucks.
Israel Fehr is a writer for BC Hockey Hub.