MJHL alumni Henry on NHL radar screen

Former Portage Terrier Nick Henry was recently listed on the NHL’s Central Scouting Futures List.

Henry, 17, last year’s MJHL Rookie of the Year winner, is currently playing with Regina Pats.

Henry, who hails from Portage, is projected to be drafted in the middle rounds (4 to 6) in the NHL draft.

Henry, 6-foot, 190-pounds, was highly touted by the Pat management, who convinced him to turn down an NCAA scholarship from Western Michigan University. Henry said his decision was based on exposure to NHL scouts.

 “I kind of expected that there is going to be lots of scouts here watching,” Henry told The Regina Leader Post. “There are lots of guys here eligible for the draft and there are going to be at least three guys drafted this year, maybe four. It would be amazing to get drafted.”

The lure of the NHL is one reason why Henry signed with the Pats, thus. He likes the idea of being able to jump straight into the WHL this season instead of biding his time elsewhere.

“It’s not like the draft is the biggest thing for me,” Henry explained. “It’s (about) coming here and developing as a player. The college route is still a very, very good route. But it would have taken me a couple extra years to get to Western Michigan. It would have been maybe (another) year at Portage this year. The year after I would go down to the USHL, then go to Western.

“Coming to Regina (now) is really good for me.”

CJHL players listed by Central Scouting:

Rank Player Name Pos. Team League
B Makar, Cale D Brooks Bandits AJHL
B Mitchell, Ian D Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
C Betts, Kyle F Powell River Kings BCHL
C Cammalleri, Josh F Burlington Cougars OJHL
C Campoli, Nick F North York Rangers OJHL
C Capstick, Alec D Langley Chiefs BCHL
C Crotty, Cameron D Brockville Braves CCHL
C Franche, Matthieu D Cumberland Grads CCHL
C Gourley, Jarrod D Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
C Kellenberger, Matthew D Oakville Blades OJHL
C Kennedy, Shawn F Carleton Place Canadians CCHL
C Lagunov, Phillip F Burlington Cougars OJHL
C Mendal, Griffin D Penticton Vees BCHL
C Misley, Bryce F Oakville Blades OJHL
A Rasmussen, Michael F Penticton Vees BCHL
A Tippett, Owen F Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL
B Formenton, Alex F Aurora Tigers OJHL
B Meireles, Greg F Ottawa Jr. Senators CCHL
B Phillips, Markus D Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL
B Proner, Robert D Oakville Blades OJHL
B Tyska, Jarret D Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL
B Zablocki, Lane F Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
C Beck, Guillaume D Terrebonne Cobras QJHL
C Bellerive, Jordan F Penticton Vees BCHL
C Blacker, Ian D Oakville Blades OCHL
C Bowen, Ryan F Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL
C Brahaney, Jakob D Kingston Voyageurs OJHL
C Brazeau, Justin F Powassan Voodoos NOJHL
C Buziak, Braydon F Battlefords North Stars SJHL
C Chenier, Bradley F Rayside-Balfour Canadians NOJHL
C Commisso, Domenic F Mississauga Chargers OJHL
C Ferraro, Mario D Toronto Patriots OJHL
C Gallant, Zachary F Oakville Blades CJHL
C Grima, Nicholas D St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
C Henry, Nick F Portage Terriers MJHL
C McGrath, Jacob G St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL
C McHugh, Nicholas F Ottawa Jr. Senators CCHL
C Murray, Matthew G Spruce Grove Saints AJHL
C Pasichnuk, Brinson D Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL
C Popovich, Anthony G Wellington Dukes OJHL
C Purboo, Cole F Toronto Patriots OJHL
C Roberts, Elijah D Stouffville Spirit OJHL
C Samuel, Antoine G Granby Inouk QJHL
C Seitz, Dylan F Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL