With the NHL Draft just under two months away, four Hamilton Bulldogs are on the radar of a number of teams.
Matthew Strome finished the season 33rd on the NHL Central Scouting Rankings (nhl.com) of top North American Skaters. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his two older brothers who both were 1st Round picks. Ryan was the 5th overall selection by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Draft while the Arizona Coyotes picked Dylan 3rd overall in the 2015 Draft.
Matthew led the Bulldogs in scoring during the 2016-17 OHL regular season with 62 points including 34 goals and also chipped in with 8 points in Hamilton’s 7-game first round playoff series.
Mackenzie Entwistle is 44th on the top North American Skaters list, but may have boosted his chances of going higher in the draft with his recent performance with Team Canada at the 2017 World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Slovakia. Entwistle finished the tournament with a team-leading seven points including four goals and three assists and was named one of Canada’s top three players in the tournament.
Also turning the heads of scouts all season was Marian Studenic who scored 18 goals in his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 18-year old Slovakian came in at #101 on the list of top North American Skaters.
The top North American Goalies includes Kaden Fulcher who recorded 19 wins in his first full season with the Bulldogs. Fulcher came in at 18th on the list.
Defenseman Cole Candella was the first ever Hamilton Bulldog taken in the NHL Draft when he was selected in the 5th round by the Vancouver Canucks in 2016.
A total of 157 Canadian Hockey League players, including 70 from the Ontario Hockey League, are included on the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.
The 55th NHL Entry Draft will be held June 23-24 at the United Centre in Chicago.