The NHL Central Scouting Service released its final 2018 draft rankings Monday morning and three Everett Silvertips players were listed among the top 217 North American skaters.
Defenseman Wyatte Wylie and forwards Riley Sutter and Connor Dewar were all listed in the final rankings.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was Wylie as the Everett-born blueliner made one of the biggest jumps in the rankings by going from No. 179 on the midseason list to No. 71 on the final list.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Wylie is in his second season as a Silvertips defenseman and finished with six goals and 25 assists to go along with a plus-12 rating while playing in all 72 regular-season games. The first player to be drafted by and play for the Silvertips after suiting up in the Everett Youth Hockey program, Wylie has a goal and five assists in 10 postseason games this season.
Sutter checks in at No. 80 after he was ranked No. 72 at midseason. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Calgary native centers Everett’s second line and finished with 25 goals and 28 assists and a plus-22 rating in 68 regular-season games. Sutter skated at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January and has added five goals and three assist in nine postseason games this year.
Both Wylie and Sutter are classified as 1999-born “late birthdays” because they were born after the August 15 cutoff for the NHL draft. That means this is the first year they are draft-eligible.
Dewar, also born in 1999, is eligible for the second time after he was passed over in last year’s draft. Dewar checks in at No. 117 after he went unranked in the midseason rankings.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Dewar, commonly referred to as “The Pitbull” by Everett broadcaster Mike Benton and Tips fans everywhere, led Everett with 38 goals and added 30 assists in 68 regular-season games. A native of The Pas, Manitoba, Dewar has missed just five regular-season games in his three-year Silvertips career.
Dewar flanks Sutter on Everett’s second line and has contributed four goals and nine assists in 10 postseason games.
The WHL also announced Monday that Everett goaltender Carter Hart has been named the league’s goaltender of the week.
Hart won the award for the seventh time this season and the 16th time in his career. He went 3-0-0 last week with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage as the Silvertips eliminated the Portland Winterhawks in five games to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2006.
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