Four Spokane Chiefs earned recognition in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in June, led by forwards Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan at 17th and 21st, respectively. Ethan McIndoe joined Yamamoto and Anderson-Dolan in the North American skaters list while Dawson Weatherill earned a position among North American goalies.
Yamamoto stood pat with his midterm ranking of 17th after leading the WHL’s Western Conference in scoring with 99 points, including 42 goals. The Spokane native and Mead High School student closed the regular season on a six-game point streak and didn’t go without a point in back-to-back games all year. He was named the organization’s Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony on March 18 and named by the WHL to the Western Conference Second All-Star Team.
Anderson-Dolan, who is currently in Slovakia competing for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championships, made a dramatic jump into first round consideration, climbing from 40th in the mid-term rankings to 21st. The Calgary native racked up 39 goals during the 2016-17 regular season, including seven multi-goal games and two hat tricks. He ranked 31st in the WHL in scoring with 76 points and was named the Chiefs’ Player’s Player and Coaches’ Player.
Ethan McIndoe, a winger from Camrose, Alberta, jumped nine spots from 141st to 132nd after completing his second season in Spokane with career highs in goals (17), assists (9) and points (26). He recorded six multi-point games (three multi-goal) and was recognized as the Chiefs’ Hardest Working Player.
Dawson Weatherill, acquired by the Chiefs in a trade with Red Deer in September 2016, gained six spots in the North American goaltender rankings, moving from 31st to 25th. Originally a second round pick in the WHL Bantam Draft by Red Deer, the 6-foot-4 netminder recorded a 3.58 GAA and .885 SV% in 36 games. He showed flashes of his elite potential with two or fewer goals allowed in 13 appearances throughout the season.
The final rankings do not including “Limited Viewing” designations, omitting Chiefs forward Jake McGrew from the list. The Californian forward, who suffered a season-ending injury in September, was listed on the midterm rankings with the LV tag after impressing at last summer’s USA Hockey U17 camp and the Chiefs’ preseason.
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKINGS
Player – Final Rank (Midterm Rank)
RW Kailer Yamamoto – 17 (17)
C Jaret Anderson-Dolan – 21 (40)
LW Ethan McIndoe – 132 (141)
G Dawson Weatherill – 25 (31)