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Pistons’ Thiessen top ranked CJHL goaltender by NHL’s Central Scouting

Steinbach Pistons’ goaltender Matt Thiessen is the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s top ranked North American goaltender heading into this June’s NHL draft, according to  the National Hockey League Central Scouting which released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The NHL draft will take place this June in Dallas. A total of 22 players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League were ranked by Central Scouting: 20 skaters and two goaltenders.

Thiessen, who hails from Altona, is currently playing in the Turnbull Trophy final. He currently owns a 7-4 record in the post-season, with a 1.85 GAA and .936 save percentage: both tops among goaltenders in the post-season. Earlier this season it was announced that Thiessen had committed to University of Maine.

Topping the CJHL contingent among North American skaters is Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker, who was slotted 33rd overall.

He was followed by centre Jack McBain of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) at No. 35.

Others in the Top 100 include a trio of blueliners in Jonathon Tychonick of the Penticton Vees (BCHL), Stanislav Demin of the Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) and Seth Barton of the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) who were ranked 36th, 40th and 94th respectively.

Goaltender Matt Thiessen of the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) is the top rated CJHL netminder as he jumped seven places from the mid-term rankings moving all the way up to fourth among goaltenders in North America.

The following is the list of CJHL players and goaltenders on the 2018 NHL Central Scouting final draft rankings:

RANK

PLAYER

POS.

CJHL TEAM

LEAGUE

33

Jacob Bernard-Docker

D

Okotoks Oilers

AJHL

35

Jack McBain

C

Toronto Jr. Canadiens

OJHL

36

Jonathan Tychonick

D

Penticton Vees

BCHL

40

Stanislav Demin

D

Wenatchee Wild

BCHL

94

Seth Barton

D

Trail Smoke Eaters

BCHL

108

Sean Comrie

D

Spruce Grove Saints

AJHL

125

Brendan Budy

LW

Langley Rivermen

BCHL

135

Angus Crookshank

LW

Langley Rivermen

BCHL

164

Dustyn McFaul

D

Pickering Panthers

OJHL

165

Ethan Manderville

C

Ottawa Jr. A Senators

CCHL

173

Mason Snell

D

Wellington Dukes

OJHL

174

Austin Wong

C

Okotoks Oilers

AJHL

175

Matthew Kellenberger

D

Oakville Blades

OJHL

175

Declan Carlisle

D

Wellington Dukes

OJHL

177

Brett Stapley

C

Vernon Vipers

BCHL

197

Josh Prokop

C

Vernon Vipers

BCHL

198

Jasper Weatherby

C/LW

Wenatchee Wild

BCHL

207

Maxwell Crozier

D

Nanaimo Clippers

BCHL

208

Ben Sanderson

LW

Okotoks Oilers

AJHL

212

Samuel Morton

C

Wenatchee Wild

BCHL

GOALTENDERS

RANK

GOALTENDER

POS.

CJHL TEAM

LEAGUE

4

Matt Thiessen

G

Steinbach Pistons

MJHL

25

Ty Taylor

G

Vernon Vipers

BCHL