Three Vernon Vipers are rated in NHL Central Scouting’s final list of the top North American skaters and goaltenders.
Centre Brett Stapley, 19, is the highest-ranked Viper, at 177th. The 5-foot-10, 173-pound Campbell River product rang up 27 goals and 59 points in his third B.C. Hockey League season. Stapley will play for the NCAA Division 1 Denver Pioneers next season.
Viper rookie centre Josh Prokop, who missed the playoffs with injury, is pegged at 197th. The 18-year-old Edmonton native compiled 21 goals and 36 points in 48 games. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Prokop has a scholarship with the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2019-20 season.
Ty Taylor of the Vipers is No. 25 ranked North American goalie. The Richmond resident won the league’s Top Goalie award after going 23-5 with a 1.87 GAA and .931 save percentage. The 18-year-old tied a league record with seven shutouts. Taylor, at 6-foot-3 and 196 pounds, will be a crease cop with the New Hampshire Wildcats next year.
This is posted on the BCHL website:
Central Scouting publishes final Draft list
April 16, 2018
NHL Central Scouting released its final prospect ratings ahead of the 2018 NHL Entry draft.
On the list of North American skaters are 21 CJHL Players, including 11 from the BCHL.
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36. Jonny Tychonick, D, Penticton Vees
40. Slava Demin, D, Wenatchee Wild
94. Seth Barton, D, Trail Smoke Eaters
125. Brendan Budy, F, Langley Riverman
135. Angus Crookshank, F, Langley Riverman
177. Brett Stapley, F, Vernon Vipers
197. Josh Prokop, F, Vernon Vipers
198. Jasper Weatherby, F, Wenatchee Wild
207. Max Crozier, D, Nanaimo Clippers
212. Samuel Morton, F, Wenatchee Wild
*UR. Ethan De Jong, F, Prince George Spruce Kings
Also named on the scouting list of North American Goalies were four goalies across the CJHL including two from the BCHL
25. Ty Taylor, G, Vernon Vipers
*UR. Adam Scheel, G, Penticton Vees
*Unranked player who made the overall list but was outside the 217 available draft choices.