Five Manitobans have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2023 NHL Draft.
Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Carson Bjarnason of Carberry was one of seven WHL players who was given an ‘A’ rating. Portland Winterhawks forward Carter Sotheran (Sanford), Steinbach Pistons forward Ty Paisley (Steinbach), Chicago Steel forward Jayden Perron (Winnipeg), and Prince George Cougars defenceman Hudson Thornton (Winnipeg) were given ‘C’ ratings.
NHL Central Scouting identifies players with a rating system that includes four categories. The ‘A’ rating indicates players projected to be first-round candidates. The ‘B’ rating indicates players projected to be second- or third-round candidates, and the ‘C’ rating indicates players projected to be fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidates. Though no players received this designation, ‘LV’ represents a player who has not had sufficient viewings, due to injury.
MANITOBANS ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
|PTW||Position||First Name||Last Name||Hometown||Current Team|
|A||G||Carson||Bjarnason||Carberry||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)|
|C||F||Carter||Sotheran||Sanford||Portland Winterhawks (WHL)|
|C||F||Ty||Paisley||Steinbach||Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)|
|C||F||Jayden||Perron||Winnipeg||Chicago Steel (USHL)|
|C||D||Hudson||Thornton||Winnipeg||Prince George Cougars (WHL)|