Chilliwack – The NHL Central Scouting final player ratings came out Tuesday with six BCHL players and one alum among the 15 current and former Junior A players included.
On the North American skaters list, the following BCHLers rated:
16. Tyson Jost, F, Penticton Vees
18. Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton Vees
23. Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack Chiefs
147. Kyle Betts, F, Powell River Kings
151. Kohen Olischefski, F, Chilliwack Chiefs
178. Colin Grannary, F, Merritt Centennials
Cholowski was the highest riser among the group, moving up 25 spots from the midterm rankings. He and Olischefski will be action again Friday as the BCHL Finals get underway in Chilliwack.
Also rated was Salmon Arm Silverbacks alum Chase Priskie, a freshman at Quinnipiac University. He came in at 126.
Other Junior A players rated:
83. Brett Murray, F, Carleton Place (CCHL)
86. Matthew Cairns, D, Georgetown (OJHL)
115. Brinson Pasichnuk, D, Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
131. Dean Stewart, D, Portage (MJHL)
138. Josh Dickinson, C, Georgetown (OJHL)
170. Owen Grant, D, Carleton Place (CCHL)
CJHL players rated among the North American goalies:
4. Colton Point, Carleton Place (CCHL)
25. Matt Murray, Spruce Grove (AJHL)
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 24 and 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Penticton prospects Jost and Fabbro have been projected to be first-round picks for much of the season. If that were to happen, it would be the first time since 2004 that two first-rounders came from the same BCHL team. In 2004, it was Travis Zajac (20th overall to New Jersey) and Kris Chucko (24th overall to Calgary) who were both taken in the first round.
The only other time two BCHLers were taken in the first round was in 2007 when Kyle Turris (third overall to then-Phoenix) and Riley Nash (21st overall to Edmonton).