Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings are proud to announce three of their players have been listed in the NHL Central Scouting North American Preliminary Rankings.
The initial stage of projecting which draft-eligible prospects are considered to be future NHL stars was accomplished on Tuesday when NHL Central Scouting released its preliminary rankings for the top levels of North American junior hockey.
In addition to the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and United States Hockey League, the top draft-eligible Western Hockey League players were ranked, and 1993-born Oil Kings Michael St. Croix (pictured), Travis Ewanyk and Laurent Brossoit all made the list.
St. Croix, a centre from Winnipeg, is ranked 17th among WHL skaters. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound sniper currently leads the Oil Kings in scoring with 19 points in 21 games. St. Croix also led the team in scoring during his rookie season in 2009-10, as he tallied 46 points in 66 games. St. Croix suited up for Team Canada (West) at both the 2009 and 2010 World Under-17 Challenge tournaments, where he scored 12 points in 11 games.
Ewanyk, a left-winger from St. Albert, is ranked 19th among WHL skaters. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound power forward had five points and 45 penalty minutes in 42 games during his rookie season in 2009-10, and he’s really starting to come into his own this year with eight points and 52 penalty minutes in 21 games. Ewanyk played for Team Canada (Pacific) at the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge.
Brossoit, a goaltender from Surrey, is ranked fourth by Central Scouting among WHL netminders. A towering presence between the pipes at 6-foot-3 and 202 pounds, Brossoit is in his rookie season with the Oil Kings, having played three games as an affiliate the previous two seasons. Brossoit also played for Team Canada (Pacific) at the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge, posting two wins, including a shutout, in two games.
Electrifying center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels tops the list of players from the WHL. As a rookie last season, the Burnaby native finished second on the Rebels in scoring with 65 points, including 24 goals, in 67 games to earn the WHL’s Rookie of Year award and help the Rebels reach the playoffs for the first time in three years. He hasn’t slowed down this season, scoring five goals and 25 assists in 22 games.
Nugent-Hopkins and the Rebels are next up on the Oil Kings’ schedule, as Red Deer visits Rexall Place on Saturday at 7 p.m. Individual game tickets for all Oil Kings home games are on sale now and start at just $15 in the ATB Financial Zone. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, or by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625).