The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting final rankings for the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft was released Tuesday and two Lethbridge Hurricanes cracked the list as Brayden Burke and Egor Babenko were both ranked.
was the highest ranked of the two Hurricanes being listed 63rd among North
American Skaters, a five spot jump from his 68th ranking in the midterm
rankings. Burke had a career season shattering his previous career high in
The Edmonton, Alberta product lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 109
points (27g-82a) along with a team-high plus-36 rating and 44 penalty
minutes. Burke finished tied for first in assists in the WHL and was third in
league scoring. He was the first Hurricane to reach the 100-point plateau
since Jeremy Jackson who registered 102 point in 2002-2003. Burke was also
named an Eastern Conference second team All-Star.
Babenko came in at 106th
among North American skaters after being ranked 77th in the midterm rankings.
The product of Tyumen, Russia had a tremendous first season in the WHL
registering 69 points (29g-40a) along with a plus-26 rating and 36 penalty
minutes in 67 games this season. He was fifth in team scoring and was third in
plus-minus on the Hurricanes. Babenko finished third in both goals and points
by a rookie.
A total of 51 Western Hockey League players were listed in the
NHL’s final rankings; the highest ranked WHLer being Calgary Hitmen’s
defenseman, Jake Bean. An additional nine WHL goaltenders were ranked in the
final rankings, the highest being Everett Silvertips netminder, Carter
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is slated to take place in Buffalo, New York
at the First Niagara Center from June 24-25.
(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)