At 6-foot-4 and with good mobility, it’s no surprise that Westside Warriors defenceman Michael King’s play during his rookie B.C. Hockey League season attracted the attention of scouts.
At just 18 years of age, King already has signed a scholarship deal to an NCAA Division 1 school, Colorado College.
Now it’s NHL Central Scouting that has taken notice of the Prince George Minor Hockey product.
King, a towering, 200 pound defenceman, has been listed by Central Scouting as one of the top 10 junior A players in Canada.
NHL Central Scouting released its Top 10 prospects for each of the North American junior hockey leagues and King was one-of-six BCHL players listed among the Junior A ranks.
Overall Central Scouting has King ranked at 126 in tis final pre draft rankings.
King had 5 goals and 23 points through 48 games in his first BCHL season.
His scholarship to Colorado College won’t begin until the 2012-13 season so Warriors fans will have another season to enjoy the talents of the blueliner.
King joins five other BCHL players listed as the top 10 Junior A players:
• Joel Lowry—Victoria Grizzlies
• Sam Mellor—Trail Smoke Eaters
• Joey Baker—Penticton Vees
• Destry Straight—Coquitlam Express
• Ryan Renz—Vernon Vipers
The players were listed in alphabetical order so there is no rank according to where the players are likely to be drafted.
No players included in the Junior A list were identified as possible first-round selections.
This year’s NHL Entry Draft is slated for June 24 and 25 at Xcel Energy Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota.