SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Chiefs forward Hudson Elynuik is ranked 68th in the NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings, as announced earlier today. Elynuik, who jumped 54 spots from 122nd in the Midterm Rankings, is one of 54 WHL players to make the final list in preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this summer.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Elynuik scored a career high 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 56 games played during the 2015-16 regular season. The 6-foot-5 pivot finished particularly strong, punching in 12 goals and adding 20 assists after the turn of the calendar year, including a 10-game point streak in February. He added three goals in six playoff games.
Acquired by the Chiefs in a trade with the Kootenay Ice during the 2013-14 season, Elynuik has played 145 career WHL games – 110 with Spokane – over three full seasons. He has 24 career goals and 64 career points, along with 121 penalty minutes.
For North American skaters, 46 WHL players made the cut for the CSS Final Rankings. Calgary’s Jake Bean is the highest ranked at 15th. Eight WHL goaltenders also made the list, headlined by Everett’s Carter Hart at the number two spot.
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is scheduled to take place on June 24 and 25 in Buffalo, New York.
A complete list of ranked WHL players can be found at www.whl.ca.