Portage Terriers’ defenceman Dean Stewart is one of 14 CJHL players identified in the final rankings released today by NHL Central Scouting. Stewart is ranked 131, and projected to be selected in the fifth round.
Stewart, who hails from Portage, has had an outstanding season with the defending RBC Cup champions. Earlier this season he was a member of Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, in addition to playing in the CJHL Prospects game.
Stewart, who turns 18 in June, has good size (6-foot-2, 180-pounds) and excellent skills. He finished the season with 22 points (8-14) in 42 games.
In total, 12 skaters and two goaltenders were identified out of the CJHL.
This year’s draft boasts three players who are projected to be drafted into the NHL in the 1st round. Leading the way at 16th overall is Tyson Jost. Also, listed as first round picks are Dante Fabbro, Penticton Vees (BCHL) at 18th overall and Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) at 23rd overall.
The Final Rankings includes six players from the BCHL, three players from the CCHL, two players from the AJHL and OJHL respectively and one player from each the MJHL.
|83||3||Murray||Brett||Carleton Place Canadians||CCHL|
|147||5||Betts||Kyle||Powell River Kings||BCHL|
|170||6||Grant||Owen||Carleton Place Canadians||CCHL|
|4||Point||Colton||Carleton Place Canadians||CCHL|
|25||Murray||Matt||Spruce Grove Saints||AJHL|
About the CJHL – The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada. The CJHL represents more than 131 teams and 2,900 players and has over 2,900 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college levels across North America. For the latest CJHL news and features, visit www.cjhlhockey.com and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cjhlhockey or @cjhlhockey.