David Pope’s dream of playing in the NHL one-day has been injected with a little more steam.
The West Kelowna forward is on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings list for the 2013 entry draft.
The Edmonton native is given a ‘C’ rating, meaning he’s a candidate most likely to go in the 4th-6th round of the draft.
Now an 18 year-old, Pope first began playing hockey at age three. He first moved away from home to play hockey at 13, and he is already midway through his second BCHL season.
“It’s a tremendous honour” says Pope of his inclusion in the rankings. “Playing in the NHL has always been a dream of mine, and just to be recognized means I have that chance of getting drafted.”
Having posted 16 points in 21 games so far this year, Pope was originally selected to play for Team West at the recent CJHL prospects game in Nova Scotia. However, he was unable to compete in the event due to illness.
However, the forward knows one sickness won’t signal the end of the dream. “Just being listed shows I’m on the radar. Missing that game might have hurt a little, but if [scouts] are really interested they can watch me here.
Pope also adds that he’s over the bug that forced to miss one Warriors game, and feeling much better
“I think he could play pro hockey, I really do” says Warriors Coach/GM Rylan Ferster of Pope’s chances. “He’s got all the tools to play at the next few levels … and he just loves to play.”
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is scheduled for June 28-29, 2013, in New Jersey. In total, 14 players from the BCHL were included on this year’s preliminary list.
West Kelowna visits Coquitlam this Friday, before hosting the Express on Saturday.