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Chase Stefanek 2024 NHL Draft Prospect

Trail, British Columbia (April 16, 2024) – NHL Central Scouting released its Final Rankings today ahead of the NHL Entry Draft in June and 15 current, future and former BCHL players are included on the list, including Trail Smoke Eaters forward, Chase Stefanek.

10 names on the list are current BCHL players, four are committed to BCHL teams next year and one is a former member of the league.

The highest ranked skater is West Kelowna Warriors forward Jack Pridham who comes in as the 65th ranked North American skater after moving up five spots from the Midterm Rankings.

See below for the full list.

Current BCHL players

#65 North American skater – Jack Pridham (F) – West Kelowna Warriors
#99 North American skater – Callum Hughes (F) – West Kelowna Warriors
#110 North American skater – Matt Lahey (D) – Nanaimo Clippers
#114 North American skater – Logan Sawyer (F) – Brooks Bandits
#123 North American skater – Luke Ashton (D) – Langley Rivermen
#166 North American skater – Chase Stefanek (F) – Trail Smoke Eaters
#186 North American skater – Nathan Free (F) – Brooks Bandits
#195 North American skater – Connor MacPherson (F) – Penticton Vees
#197 North American skater – JJ Monteiro (F) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
#213 North American skater – Keith McInnis (D) – Brooks Bandits

Future BCHL players

#20 North American goalie – Jaden Cholette (G) – Mount St. Charles Academy (Cranbrook Bucks)
#127 North American skater – Ben Merrill (F) – St. Sebastian’s School (Penticton Vees)
#207 North American skater – Drew Waterfield (F) – Shattuck St. Mary’s (Victoria Grizzlies)
#215 North American skater – Jack Sadowski (F) – Kimball Union Academy (West Kelowna Warriors)

Former BCHL players

#199 North American skater – Lee Parks (F) – Fargo Force (Vernon Vipers)

The NHL Draft takes place June 28 and 29 at the Sphere in Las Vegas, Nev.

Last year, nine current, former and future BCHL players were selected in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, including two in the first round when Victoria Grizzlies alumnus Matthew Wood was taken 15th overall by the Nashville Predators and former Penticton Vees forward Bradly Nadeau was selected 30th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.