Though he was not ranked in Central Scouting’s final North American ranking, Tyler Johnson was listed by Hockey’s Future as a top-10 NCAA prospect. The article notes Johnson’s second-half improvement and quotes assistant coach Norm Bazin, who noted Johnson’s “tremendous instincts.”
As for other possible draftees with CC ties:
–Recruit Russell Goodman, a left wing for Nanaimo (BCHL), is a projected sixth-round pick by Central Scouting. He was listed as No. 160 in the final rankings.
–Recruit Scott Winkler, a center who plays for Russell Stover AAA, is a projected sixth-round pick by Central Scouting at No. 176.
Another little news item slipped under my radar, but I wanted to throw it up here. Recruit Colten St. Clair, considered by many to be the top 16-year-old hockey prospect in America, if not the world, was drafted by the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League in May. Former North Dakota coach Dean Blais will be on the bench this season.