A pair of Kelowna Rockets are on the radar for next summer’s NHL entry draft.
Forty WHL players, including Dillon Dube and Lucas Johansen, are on NHL Central Scouting’s 2016 Players to Watch List, a preliminary ranking of players eligible for next year’s NHL Draft.
Dube, a forward from Cochrane, Alta., and Johansen, a defenceman from Port Moody, are both in their second seasons with the Rockets.
Dube posted 17 goals and 27 points in 45 games as a rookie last season while Johansen played in 65 games in his rookie year, putting up eight points and a plus-20 rating.
NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories.
The ‘A’ rating indicates a first round candidate, a ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate, and a ‘C’ rating indicates a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate. An ‘LV’ rating indicates Limited Viewing of injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.
Both Dube and Johansen were listed as ‘B’ players.
Four WHL players were assigned an ‘A’ rating: Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Sam Steel of the Regina Pats, Maxime Lajoie of the Swift Current Broncos and Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants.
In addition, 10 WHL skaters were assigned ‘B’ ratings while 21 WHL skaters were given ‘C’ ratings.