NHL DRAFT THIS WEEKEND
Medicine Hat, AB – Hearing your name called during the NHL Entry Draft is a dream of young hockey players around the world.
The Medicine Hat Tigers currently boast 17 players eligible for this year’s entry draft including Ryan Chyzowski who was ranked 95th among North American Skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.
Out of the 17 players eligible, nine are considered “draft overagers”, meaning they have already been eligible for a previous draft. The cutoff for North American-trained players who are draft overages is any players born between January 1, 1998, and September 15, 1999. For European-raised overage prospects, the cut off is January 1, 1997, to September 15, 1999, which means Tigers overager Kristians Rubins is also eligible for this year’s draft and including in the 17 players eligible.
Here is a breakdown of who is eligible:
Out of 19 players eligible for last year’s draft, the Tigers had three players drafted, Mason Shaw, Zach Fischer and Jordan Hollett.
Shaw was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 4th round, 97th overall, while Fischer was drafted 140th overall by the Calgary Flames and Hollett was drafted 183rd overall by the Ottawa Senators.
This year’s draft will be held on June 22 to 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas. All the first round picks of the 56th NHL Entry Draft will be announced Friday with the subsequent rounds announced Saturday.