The 2014 NHL Draft continues to be a big focus for fans of junior hockey and the Blades continue to have players in the mix for the big day.
Along with that comes various forms of rankings for the draft. NHL Central Scouting is the latest group to provide some upgraded rankings for the draft, with a trio of Blades making the grade.
Saskatoon Blades leading scorer Nikita Scherbak has cracked the list, sitting at 24th overall among North American Skaters. The Russian import has appeared in 46 games for the Blades in his rookie WHL season, putting up 24 goals, 56 points, a +7 rating and 7 powerplay goals. He leads the team in goals, assists, points, and powerplay markers. His 56 points also leave him first among WHL rookies, 20 more than Julius Honka of the Swift Current Broncos.
Scherbak has also been granted the opportunity of appearing in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. The game goes on Wednesday night in Calgary and features all of the CHL’s top talent for the 2014 NHL Draft. Scherbak will suit up for Team Cherry, along with fellow WHL talent Sam Reinhart, Chase De Leo and Conner Bleackley. The team also features a pair of dynamic Russian forwards in Ivan Barbashev and Nikolay Goldobin.
The next Blades player to crack the midterm list is defenceman Nelson Nogier. The Blades alternate captain and Saskatoon-product sits at 55th on the list of North American Skaters. The 6’2 blueliner had appeared in 37 games in 2013-14 before suffering a shoulder injury in December. The injury will force Nogier into surgery, interrupting and likely costing him the remainder of his second full WHL season. Nogier had posted a goal and 6 points in 2013-14 while playing top pairing minutes against other team’s best offensive players. Like Scherbak, Nogier had been named to the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. Unfortunately his injury will force him to miss the contest.
The final Blades player to be named to NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list is Alex Moodie. The product of Winnipeg, Manitoba is in his second full season as a member of the Blades, appearing in 26 games so far in 2013-14. He’s posted 7 wins with a 4.20 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. He comes in at 24th among North American Goaltenders.
The 52nd NHL Entry Draft will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 27th and 28th, 2014. You can find the full midterm list from NHL Central Scouting by clicking here.
The Blades next home game goes on Friday, January 17th against the Prince Albert Raiders. The game is also the Blades next vintage jersey night as the team will wear the “bridge” jersey during the game! Find your tickets for the big night here.