January 24, 2019
BC-based forwards – as well as others currently playing for BC clubs – are featured prominently in this year’s NHL mid-term Draft Prospect Rankings for North American skaters. Here’s an overview of players in the Top 100.
Dylan Cozens, a native of Whitehorse, is ranked #3 overall.
Cozens (6’3″, 180, 2.9.01, center), first came to BC as a second year bantam player, and played for Delta Hockey Academy and then Yale Midget Prep of the CSSHL before moving the WHL.
Cozens is in his second year with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes. He’s currently 25G-33A, for 58 points in 45 games. He produced 22G-31A in 57 as a rookie.
Peyton Krebs, (5″11″, 180, 1.26.01, center), a Calgary native, is ranked #8.
He’s currently in his second full year with the WHL Kootenay Ice, where he’s 16F-37A, for 53 points in 44 games this year.
Krebs played Bantam AAA for the Rocky Mountain Raiders and Midget AAA in Calgary with the UFA Bisons before joining the WHL club.
He was 17G-54 points in 67 games as a rookie last season.
Alex Newhook (5’10”, 195, 1.28, 01, center), is ranked #16.
Newhook, who hails from St. Johns, Newfoundland, is in his second year with the BCHL Victoria Grizzlies.
He posted 22G-66 points in 45 games last year, and is currently 25G-70 points in 41 games played.
Newhook is committed to Boston College for the coming 2019-2020 season.
Nolan Foote (6’3″, 190, 11.29,00, left wing), is ranked #26.
Foote is now in his third year with the WHL Kelowna Rockets. Although born in Denver, Colorado, where he played minor hockey for the Colorado Thunderbirds, Foote represented Canada at the U18 Ivan Hlinka tournament last year.
This year he’s posting 22G-42 points, in 43 games played.
Alexander Campbell (5’10”, 151, 2.27.01) is the next forward in the rankings with a BC connection, ranked #42.
Campbell, a native of Chateaugay, Quebec, is also playing in the BCHL along with Newhook, for the Victoria Grizzlies.
He’s currently 17G-53 points in 40 games played.
He played minor hockey in Quebec with the Standstead College Sports of the Midwest Prep Hockey League before joining the BCHL.
Campbell is committed to Clarkson University for the coming season.
Harrison Blaisdell (5’11”, 181, 3.18.01, center) a native of Regina, is ranked #51.
He first came to BC in second year bantam, joining the Yale Hockey Academy for one year, before returning to the Regina Pat Canadians program for his first year of midget.
Since then he’s been with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL. This year he’s 29G, 50 points, in 40 games played.
He’s committed to the University of North Dakota starting 2020-21.
Massimo Rizzo (5’10”, 175, 6.13.01, center), is ranked #57.
Burnaby, BC born and raised, Rizzo played minor hockey at Burnaby Winter Club and then for the BWC Midget Prep CSSHL team before joining the BCHL Penticton Vees in his second year of midget hockey.
Rizzo was 13G-39 points over 50 games in his rookie season last year. He’s currently 8G-18A in 24 games.
He has committed to play for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks for the coming 2019-2020 season.
Josh Williams (6’1″. 190, 8.8.01, right wing), of Langley, BC, is ranked #67.
Williams is in his second season with WHL, now with the Edmonton Oil Kings, following a trade with the Medicine Hat Tigers at the deadline two weeks ago.
Selected #5 overall in the WHL entry draft, Williams battled injuries in his rookie year, posting 11G-20 points in 47 games.
Williams played two years of bantam in the CSSHL, first for Delta and then with Yale, and then played a year of Midget Prep with Yale before joining the WHL. He scored 18G-55 points as a first year midget.
Sasha Mutala (6’0″, 200, 5.6.01, right wing), of Vancouver, BC, is ranked #81.
Mutula is in his second year with the WHL Tri-City Americans. Mutula played with Rizzo at BWC, putting up 53G-108 points in his second year bantam, before playing a year in the BCMML with the Greater Vancouver Canadians (20G-63 points) in his final year of minor hockey.
He was 11G-26 points 68 games as a rookie last year. He’s 11-25 points in 41 games this year.