By Woodard, Dale on October 28, 2020.
A pair of Lethbridge Hurricanes are two of 36 Western Hockey League players on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list for the 2021 NHL Draft.
Featured on the list of players is Canes forward and Lethbridge product Zack Stringer and goaltender Bryan Thomson, who have attained ‘C’rankings.
NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories.
An ‘A’ rating indicates players projected to be first-round candidates and a ‘B’ rating indicates players projected to be second or third-round candidates. The ‘C’ ranked players are projected to be fourth, fifth or sixth-round candidates.
Though no players received the designation, ‘LV’ represents a player who has not had sufficient viewings, due to injury.
Selected eighth overall in the 2018 WHL bantam draft, Stringer scored 11 goals and 34 points in his rookie season in 2019-20.
The six-foot-one, 165-pound left winger also played eight games with the Hurricanes in 2018-19, scoring one goal and adding three assists.
Thomson, who hails from Moose Jaw, went 16-7-1 in 30 games with the Hurricanes last season.
The goalie selected in the second round and 37th overall in the 2017 bantam draft had a 2.83 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage to go along with one shutout.
Five WHL players – Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Ryder Korczak, Winnipeg Ice defenceman Carson Lambos, Seattle Thunderbirds forward Conner Roulette and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Cole Sillinger – were given A ratings.
Four more WHL players were assigned B ratings.