Foote touted as high pick in NHL draft

Rockets defencemen Cal Foote and Jonathan Smart, and forward Kole Lind all named in Central Scouting's players to watch

  • Thu Oct 6th, 2016 1:00pm
  • Sports

Rockets defenceman Cal Foote is an 'A' list candidate for next summer's NHL entry draft.

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.