Swift Current Broncos
Five members of the Swift Current Broncos were ranked by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings released today.
Import defenseman Julius Honka led the way, ranked 11th amongst North American skaters. He finished fourth in Western Hockey League rookie scoring with 56 points in 62 games. The 5'11'', 175-pound native of Jyaskyla, Finland scored 16 goals, added 40 assists and finished plus-10 before adding two playoff goals.
Defenseman Brycen Martin wasn't far behind in 26th spot among North American skaters. The Calgary product nearly doubled his offensive totals with six goals and 31 assists in his second season with the Broncos. He added two assists during the playoffs.
A breakout season helped propel 18-year-old defenseman Brett Lernout all the way up to 52nd spot. The 6'4'' blueliner had two points in 66 WHL games heading into this season. The Winnipeg native posted eight goals, 14 assists, 103 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating rating while appearing in all 72 games in 2013-14.
19-year-old captain Colby Cave rounded out the Broncos contingent in 103rd spot among North American skaters. The Battleford native had a career season with 33 goals, 37 assists, and plus-20 rating in his third full WHL season.
Goaltender Landon Bow was ranked 29th amongst North American goaltenders as well. The 18-year-old St. Albert native finished with a 13-5-2-1 record in his second season with the Broncos. The 6'4'' goaltender had a 3.12 goals against average and a .901 save percentage this season.
Kingston Centre Sam Bennett is the top ranked North American skater, followed by Barrie defenseman Aaron Ekblad. Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart is the highest ranked WHL skater in third spot, followed by Prince Albert Raiders forward Leon Draisaitl.
The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.