Kelowna Rockets defenceman Cal Foote is high on the radar for next summer’s NHL Entry Draft.
NHL Central Scouting has given the 17-year-old Foote an ‘A’ rating in its preliminary list of draft-eligible players to watch in 2016-17.
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.
Foote, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Engelwood, CO, is in his second season with the Rockets and was one of seven Western Hockey League players named on the ‘A’ list.
As a WHL rookie last season, Foote had eight goals and 36 points in 71 games.
Rockets forward Kole Lind was cited as a ‘B’ list candidate. Lind, who turns 18 on Oct. 16, had 14 goals and 41 points in 70 games last season.
A third Rocket, defenceman Jonathan Smart, was named on the ‘C’ list.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Kelowna product played in 44 games last season, had seven points and a plus-12 rating.
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft is set for next June 23 and 24 in Chicago.