Spokane, Wash. — Spokane Chiefs players Mason Beaupit and Graham Sward were each named to the NHL Central Scouting Service’s ‘Preliminary Players to Watch’ list ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft. Both received a ‘C’ rating, indicating a current projection of a fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round selection.
Beaupit, a 6-foot-5 goalie out of Surrey, B.C., is first eligible for the draft in 2022 despite being born in 2003 as his birthday is after the league’s September 15 cutoff. Early in his second full season with the Chiefs, he has a 2.45 GAA and .914 SV%, highlighted by his first career shutout achieved last Friday at Tri-City. In 17 career games, he has a 3.25 GAA and .906 SV%. Beaupit was originally a fourth-round pick (82nd overall) by Spokane in the 2018 WHL Draft.
Sward finds his name on the NHL Draft prospects list again this season after narrowly missing out on hearing it called last year despite missing a good portion of the 2020-21 season due to injury. The Abbotsford, B.C. native attended the Colorado Avalanche’s development camp this year and has had a hot start to his third WHL season, posting a goal and five assists for six points in five games (t-5th among WHL defensemen). Spokane’s first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2018 WHL Draft, Sward earned the attention of NHL scouts after a dynamic rookie campaign in 2019-20, during which he posted 17 points (2G-15A) in 55 games.
The 2022 NHL Draft will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 7-8, 2022.
The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.
The Chiefs’ next home game is Friday, October 29 versus Seattle. It’s Garage Sale Night as the team is cleaning out the storage rooms to make room for new promotional items. Bid on old signage, promotional giveaways, souvenirs and more! Tickets for October 29 and all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.