National Hockey League Central Scouting Services (CSS) released its final rankings for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Tuesday, and four Kitchener Rangers are included on that list.
The top-ranked Rangers player is centre Ryan MacInnis, who moved up to #20 amongst North American skaters. The first-year forward from St. Louis, MO finished tenth in OHL rookie scoring with 16 goals and 21 assists, and appeared at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Co-winner of the Rangers’ Rookie of the Year award, MacInnis saw his draft stock rise, as he moved up from #33 in the midterm rankings.
Forward Nick Magyar is ranked at #32, up from #52 at the halfway point. He led all Rangers with 46 points this season, becoming the first rookie since Derek Roy to win the team’s scoring title. The Mentor, OH native was the fourth-best rookie scorer in the Ontario Hockey League and was the co-winner of the Rangers’ Rookie of the Year award.
Darby Llewellyn was named the Rangers’ Most Improved Player this season after recording a team-high 25 goals in 2013-14. The winger from Ann Arbor, MI nearly tripled his rookie point total with 36 this season and is ranked by CSS at #64, up from #113 in the midterm rankings.
American-born defenceman Frank Hora also earned a spot in the final rankings. Hora recorded one goal and 19 assists in his first season with the Rangers and is ranked at #176.
To see the full NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings, CLICK HERE.