The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service announced their final draft rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday and three Lethbridge Hurricanes cracked the list as Andrew Nielsen, Giorgio Estephan and Kade Jensen all were listed among North American skaters.
Nielsen, the highest ranked of
the three ‘Canes, came in a 52nd – a 17 spot jump from the midterm rankings
where he was ranked 69th. In his rookie season with the Hurricanes, Nielsen
appeared in 59 games collecting 24 points (7g-17a) finishing second in scoring
among defenseman. The Red Deer product, who was listed by the Hurricanes after
not being selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, is ranked sixth among Western Hockey
Estephan is the only Hurricanes forward to be ranked
coming in at 144th. The Edmonton native, who was left off the midterm rankings,
exploded in the second half of the season collecting 47 points (22g-25a) in his
final 43 games of the season. Estephan finished third in ‘Canes scoring only
behind Jamal Watson and Tyler Wong and more than doubled his previous career
high of 24 points set during the 2013-2014 campaign.
Jensen was the final
Hurricane listed at 184th. The Calgary product was ranked 164th in the midterm
rankings. The sophomore blue liner set career highs in goals, assists and points
picking up 19 points (4g-15a) in 64 games this season while asserting himself
well as a power play quarterback picking up 12 of his 19 points on the man
The NHL Entry Draft takes place June 26-27 in Sunrise, Florida.
(Hurricanes Media Relations)