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Two Vipers ranked by NHL Central Scouting

Mason Blacklock of the Vipers is rated No. 158 in NHL Central Scouting
Mason Blacklock of the Vipers is rated No. 158 in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings.
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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.

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