The Everett AquaSox will open their 2023 season at 7:05 p.m. on Friday April 7 at Funko Field, when they host the Eugene Emeralds.
The Sox, who are the Seattle Mariners’ affiliate in the High-A Northwest League, had already determined April 7 would be the season opener, but last week the team announced the start times for games. The standard starting time for home games will be 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, with Sunday games starting at 4:05 p.m. That does not include 11 home dates that have non-traditional start times because of holidays, facility conflicts and Kids Day. The first non-traditional start time of the season is on Saturday, April 8, when the game begins at 4:05 p.m.
Following the opening three-game series against Eugene, the season will once again settle into six-game series, with the Sox facing the same opponent throughout the week. Everett has 66 home games, with the regular season concluding at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday Sept.10, once again against Eugene.
Three Tips in NHL Central Scouting rankings
Three members of the Everett Silvertips were among the players listed in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2023 NHL draft.
Forward Austin Roest and defenseman Kaden Hammell were listed in the mid-to-late round range.
Roest, and 18-year-old from Coldstream, B.C., who was passed over in last year’s draft, was ranked 83rd among North American skaters. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Roest is in the midst of a breakout campaign with 25 goals and 32 assists in 40 games. His 57 points rank fourth in the league.
Hammell, a 17-year-old from Langley, B.C., who’s in his first year of draft eligibility, was ranked 95th among North American skaters. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hammell has six goals and nine assists in 39 games between Everett and Kamloops this season. He has a goal and four assists in three games with the Tips since arriving in a blockbuster deal prior to the trade deadline.
In addition, 17-year-old goaltender Tim Metzger was ranked 20th among North American goaltenders, a ranking that makes him a bubble candidate to be drafted. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Switzerland native has appeared in seven games with the Tips this season, going 3-2-0-0 with a 3.41 goals against average and .857 save percentage.
A total of 51 WHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s rankings.
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