‘Canes Targeted by NHL Central Scouting

crop_2594716_27_1416501190Three Lethbridge Hurricanes have caught the eye of Central Scouting as Giorgio Estephan, Kade Jensen and Andrew Nielsen have been named to the November Players to Watch list ahead of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Giorgio Estephan was listed on the preliminary “2015 North American Watch List” in September and made his return to the Hurricanes lineup in October after missing all of training camp and the start of the season to injury. The 6’0, 188 pound Centre is listed as a WHL “C” skater on the watch list. Estephan, a native of Edmonton has played in 15 games this season with 1G, 3A.

Kade Jensen is in his second full season in the Western Hockey League and also appears as a “C” skater on the watch list. The 6’1 1/2, 191 pound defenseman from Calgary has 5 points (1G, 4A) and 28 PIM’s in 17 games this season.

18-year old Andrew Nielsen from Red Deer is in his first season in the WHL and has appeared in 18 games this season. At 6’3 and 207 pounds, Nielsen has registered 8 points (2G, 6A) with 32 PIM’s.

Players on the CSS list are ranked on an “A” to “C” hierarchy in terms of the rounds at the NHL draft.

  • A Rating — Indicates a 1st round candidate
  • B Rating — Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
  • C Rating — Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate
  • LV (Limited Viewing) — Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings tobe categorized.

WHL Press Release:

NHL Central Scouting issues its November preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, with 59 Western Hockey League players making the list.

NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four ratings.  The ‘A’ rating indicates a 1st Round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a 2nd/3rd Round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a 4th/5th/6th Round candidate. An ‘LV’ rating indicates Limited Viewing of injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

Eight WHL players were assigned an ‘A’ rating, including Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Carlo of the Tri-City Americans, Jansen Harkins of the Prince George Cougars, Ivan Provorov of the Brandon Wheat Kings,  Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets, and Swift Current Broncos’ forwards Jake DeBrusk and Glenn Gawdin.

In addition, 11 WHL players were assigned ‘B’ ratings. 

Seven WHL goaltenders appear on the list, including Taz Burman of the Red Deer Rebels, Nick McBride of the Prince Albert Raiders, Connor Ingram of the Kamloops Blazers, Nick Schneider of the Medicine Hat Tigers, Landon Bow of the Swift Current Broncos, Evan Smith of the Victoria Royals and Jordan Papirny of the Brandon Wheat Kings. 

Below are the WHL players on the NHL Central Scouting’s November Preliminary Players To Watch list

2015 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING NOVEMBER PRELIMINARY ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ – WHL PLAYERS

PTW Last First Team League Ht Wt Pos
A PROVOROV IVAN BRANDON WHL 6’0.0″ 191 D
B GABRIELLE JESSE BRANDON WHL 5’10.75″ 205 LW
B PILON RYAN BRANDON WHL 6’2.0″ 206 D
C BUKARTS RIHARDS BRANDON WHL 5’8.5″ 190 LW
C PAPIRNY JORDAN BRANDON WHL 6’0.5″ 173 G
C KARNAUKHOV PAVEL CALGARY WHL 6’2.5″ 194 LW
C ROBERTSON TYLER EDMONTON WHL 6’1.75″ 179 C
B JUULSEN NOAH EVERETT WHL 6’1.25″ 175 D
C DAVIS KEVIN EVERETT WHL 5’11.75″ 183 D
C PFEIFER TRISTEN EVERETT WHL 6’4.0″ 180 D
C INGRAM CONNOR KAMLOOPS WHL 6’0.5″ 212 G
C SIDEROFF DEVEN KAMLOOPS WHL 5’11.0″ 171 RW
A MERKLEY NICK KELOWNA WHL 5’10.75″ 191 C
C GATENBY JOE KELOWNA WHL 6’0.25″ 176 D
C SOUSTAL TOMAS KELOWNA WHL 6’2.0″ 195 C
B ZBOROSKY ZACHARY KOOTENAY WHL 5’11.0″ 175 C
C MURRAY TROY KOOTENAY WHL 6’0.25″ 188 D
C ESTEPHAN GIORGIO LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’0.0″ 188 C
C JENSEN KADE LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’1.5″ 191 D
C NIELSEN ANDREW LETHBRIDGE WHL 6’3.0″ 207 D
C BRADLEY MATT MEDICINE HAT WHL 5’11.25″ 187 C
C HOBBS CONNOR MEDICINE HAT WHL 6’1.0″ 188 D
C SCHNEIDER NICK MEDICINE HAT WHL 6’1.75″ 160 G
A BITTNER PAUL PORTLAND WHL 6’4.0″ 206 LW
C HEID NICHOLAS PORTLAND WHL 6’1.75″ 206 D
C TEXEIRA KEONI PORTLAND WHL 5’11.75″ 208 D
C WEINGER EVAN PORTLAND WHL 5’11.25″ 184 RW
B GARDINER REID PRINCE ALBERT WHL 5’10.5″ 187 C/RW
C GENNARO MATTEO PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6’2.25″ 187 C
C GUHLE BRENDAN PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6’1.5″ 184 D
C MCBRIDE NICK PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6’3.5″ 179 G
A HARKINS JANSEN PRINCE GEORGE WHL 6’0.75″ 177 C
B BETHUNE JARED PRINCE GEORGE WHL 6’0.0″ 174 C
B MUSIL ADAM RED DEER WHL 6’2.5″ 198 C
C BURMAN TAZ RED DEER WHL 6’0.25″ 165 G
C GRMAN MARIO RED DEER WHL 6’1.25″ 186 D
C PAWLENCHUK GRAYSON RED DEER WHL 5’11.5″ 183 LW
C STRAND AUSTIN RED DEER WHL 6’3.25″ 194 D
C HUNT DRYDEN REGINA WHL 6’0.0″ 199 C/LW
C WAGNER AUSTIN REGINA WHL 6’1.0″ 178 LW
C ZBOROVSKIY SERGEY REGINA WHL 6’3.0″ 198 D
C HEBIG CAMERON SASKATOON WHL 5’10.75″ 178 C
A BARZAL MATHEW SEATTLE WHL 5’11.25″ 175 C
B GROPP RYAN SEATTLE WHL 6’2.0″ 184 LW
B KOLESAR KEEGAN SEATTLE WHL 6’1.25″ 217 RW
C BEAR ETHAN SEATTLE WHL 5’11.0″ 200 D
A DeBRUSK JAKE SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5’11.5″ 171 LW
A GAWDIN GLENN SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6’0.75″ 188 C
C BOW LANDON SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6’4.0″ 214 G
A CARLO BRANDON TRI-CITY WHL 6’4.75″ 198 D
B WOTHERSPOON PARKER TRI-CITY WHL 6’0.25″ 171 D
C LUKIN VLADISLAV TRI-CITY WHL 6’0.5″ 189 C/LW
C O’REILLY BRENDAN TRI-CITY WHL 6’2.25″ 185 D
B BAER ALEXANDER VANCOUVER WHL 5’9.5″ 167 C
C BOBYLEV VLADIMIR VANCOUVER WHL 6’2.75″ 210 RW
C OSIPOV DMITRY VANCOUVER WHL 6’4.0″ 193 D
C REDDEKOPP CHAZ VICTORIA WHL 6’3.25″ 219 D
C SMITH EVAN VICTORIA WHL 6’6.25″ 174 G
C SOY TYLER VICTORIA WHL 5’11.5″ 172 C
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