Brett Bulmer’s play over the last half of the Western Hockey League season clearly caught the attention of pro scouts.
Central Scouting has ranked the 6-foot-3 Kelowna Rockets power forward 65th among North American skaters for the 2010 edition of the NHL entry draft.
The Prince George native was rated nearly 100 spots lower, 164th overall, in the midseason report in January.
Bulmer scored 13 goals and added 27 assists and added 95 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games.
In the playoffs, Bulmer has three goals and an assist in 10 games.
“He’s a power forward with a lot of skill, he has very quick hands and we like his competitiveness,” Rockets head scout Lorne Frey says of Bulmer.
Two other Kelowna Rockets were ranked among the top 210 Central Scouting prospects.
A pair of rookie defencemen—Antoine Corbin and Mitchell Chapman—came in at 171st and 193rd, respectively.
The 6-foot-2 195-pound Corbin, a native of Granby, Que., had five goals and nine assists in 60 regular season games. Chapman, a 6-foot-3 product of Salmon Arm, registered six assists and 105 penalty minutes in 60 games.
Plymouth Whalers forward Tyler Seguin is rated first overall, while Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires is No. 2.
The top WHL prospect Prince George forward Brett Connolly who is rated third overall.
The 2010 NHL entry draft will be held June 25 and 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.