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Two Vipers ranked by NHL Central Scouting
The Vernon Vipers have two forwards listed in NHL Central Scouting Services' mid-term rankings.
Mason Blacklock (18 goals and 30 points in 24 games) and Demico Hannoun (14-22-36 in 35 games) were listed 158th and 185th respectively in the North American skater rankings released Monday morning.
Vernon's Alex Gillies, a forward with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks (23-26-49 in 34 games) was the highest ranked B.C. Hockey League player, at No. 102.
Forward Jason Cotton of the West Kelowna Warriors, at No. 118, and Penticton Vees' D Brett Beauvais, at No. 134, both made the top-150.
Penticton right winger Jack Ramsey, the son of former NHL and Miracle on Ice D Mike Ramsey, came in at No. 151, while Merritt Centennials' F Jeff Wight was ranked 183rd.
C Sam Bennett of the OHA Kingston Frontenacs is rated No. 1 ahead of Prince Albert Raiders' d-man Leon Draisaitl and Barrie Colts' D Aaron Eklbad. C Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice is No. 4.
Bennett, a 6-foot, 178-pound left-handed shot ranks fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 40 games. He leads the team with a plus-26 rating and seven power-play goals. At this juncture, Central Scouting believes he is the top North American player available for the 2014 draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
D Riley Stadel, at No. 58, was the highest rated Kelowna Rocket.