The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting released their 2016 midterm rankings Tuesday
morning and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Brayden Burke and
Egor Babenko both cracked the list.
Burke, 19, was listed at number 68 among
North American skaters. The Edmonton product is enjoying a breakout sophomore
campaign as he currently leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 66 points
(14g-52a) in 45 games this season.
Burke is tied for second in league scoring
and leads the WHL in assists and power play assists.
Babenko, 18, came in at
77 among North American skaters. The rookie from Tyumen, Russia, is having a
tremendous rookie season for the Hurricanes having collected 54 points
(23g-31a) in 45 games this season. The 5’9, 157-pound forward leads all WHL
rookies in points, goals and assists and sits eighth in league scoring. Babenko
is third in ‘Canes scoring behind Burke and Sabre’s draft pick Giorgio
Babenko was originally listed as a “C” Skater on the NHL Central
Scouting’s preliminary players to watch list in November.
Burke and Babenko
are two of 42 WHL skaters to crack the North American list.
(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)