Twenty-seven Albertans named to NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List

RED DEER – Twenty-seven players from across the province have been named to the NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2024 NHL Draft.

Calgary Hitmen defenceman Carter Yakemchuk (Calgary) earned an ‘A’ rating, which indicates players who are projected to be taken in the first round. Medicine Hat Tigers forward Andrew Basha (Calgary), Prince George Cougars forward Terik Parascak (Lethbridge) and Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Charlie Elick (Calgary) were all given ‘B’ ratings, meaning they’re projected to be second or third-round candidates.

Players with ‘C’ rating project to go in the fourth or fifth round, while the NHL Central Scouting has introduced the ‘W’ rating, which indicates players projected to be sixth- or seventh-round candidates.

Full list of Albertans named to the Players to Watch List can be found below:

Name Hometown Position Team League Rating
Carter Yakemchuk Calgary Defence Calgary Hitmen WHL A
Andrew Basha Calgary Forward Medicine Hat Tigers WHL B
Charlie Elick Calgary Defence Brandon Wheat Kings WHL B
Terik Parascak Lethbridge Forward Prince George Cougars WHL B
Harrison Brunicke Calgary Defence Kamloops Blazers WHL C
Miles Cooper Calgary Forward Wenatchee Wild WHL C
Hyde Davidson Edmonton Defence Seattle Thunderbirds WHL C
Caleb Hadland Sylvan Lake Forward Brandon Wheat Kings WHL C
Marek Howell Calgary Defence Vancouver Giants WHL C
Bryce Pickford Chauvin Defence Seattle Thunderbirds WHL C
Landen Ward Lloydminster Forward Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL C
Max Heise Calgary Forward Penticton Vees BCHL C
Finn McLaughlin Canmore Defence Youngstown Phantoms USHL C
Tristen Doyle Bonnyville Forward Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL W
Simon Lovsin Stony Plain Forward Seattle Thunderbirds WHL W
Grady Martin Oyen Forward Prince Albert Raiders WHL W
Cooper Michaluk Edmonton Goaltender Spokane Chiefs WHL W
Brady Ness Sedgewick Defence Moose Jaw Warriors WHL W
Rhys Pederson Stettler Defence Edmonton Oil Kings WHL W
Shane Smith Cessford Forward Medicine Hat Tigers WHL W
Jackson Unger Calgary Goaltender Moose Jaw Warriors WHL W
Keith McInnis Red Deer Defence Waterloo Black Hawks USHL W
Reid Varkonyi Sherwood Park Forward Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL W
Nathan Free Calgary Forward Brooks Bandits AJHL W
Lucas Lemieux Edmonton Defence Camrose Kodiaks AJHL W
Gavin Garland Calgary Forward Calgary Canucks AJHL W
Coy Pighin Nanton Forward Drumheller Dragons AJHL W