Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Phil Tot Top-Ranked Lethbridge Hurricane For NHL Draft
The draft eligible forwards from the 2011-2012 Hurricanes are capped off by 2011 CHL draft import, Juraj Bezuch of Skalica, Slovakia. The 5’8, 165 lb., Bezuch became a hit with the fans with his blazing speed and his moves in the shootout. Bezuch also got better as the year progressed finishing with 21 points (8G, 13A) in 67 games. Bezuch got his first taste of the WHL this past season, but prior to joining the Canes, he had been a member of both the U18 and U20 Slovakian National teams.
Goalie Tanner Kovacs only played 3 games with the Canes this year and was eventually sent down to the Alberta Junior Hockey League ranks due to the Canes having 3 goalies on the roster. The St. Albert, AB native was 0-2 with the team but in the AJHL he played nearly every game and was returned to the Canes once the St. Albert Steel closed out their regular season.
Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting (OHL) has been tabbed the top North American skater eligible for the draft. The 18-year old was the No. 1 North American skater on January's mid-term report as well as in the final draft rankings by Central Scouting. There are six WHL’ers in the top 15 (2 – Ryan Murray, 5 – Morgan Rielly, 10 – Griffin Reinhart, 11 – Mathew Dumba, 12 – Derrick Pouliot and 14 – Colton Sissons.) Lethbridge native, Lukas Sutter was ranked 39th in the final rankings.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)