Three Chiefs Included in NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

Larry Brunt

(pictured, left to right: Kral, Smith, Zummack)

Spokane Chiefs Ty Smith, Filip Kral and Eli Zummack are each listed in the NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings ahead of June’s 2018 NHL Entry Draft, as revealed on Monday. Smith tops all Western Hockey League players at 14th on the North American Skaters list.

See the full rankings of North American skaters here.

Smith, a 5-foot-10 defenseman from Lloydminster, Alberta, led all Western Conference blueliners with 73 points (14G-59A) during the 2017-18 season, earning him First Team All-Star honors.  He ranked third on the team in scoring and led the club with 24 power play assists. Smith was named the Chiefs’ Defenseman of the Year and Scholastic Player of the Year; he is also the Western Conference Nominee for the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year award. He is getting ready to compete for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship in Russia, set to get underway on Thursday.

Kral, a 6-foot-1 rearguard from Blansko, Czech Republic, is ranked 54th. He burst on to the scene with the Chiefs, scoring seven points (2G-5A) in his first five games with the club after signing his WHL Player Agreement in October. A first round pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, Kral earned the team’s Rookie of the Year award after scoring nine goals and 26 assists in 54 games played. He competed with the surprising Czech Republic team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring one goal as the Czechs earned a fourth place finish.

Zummack, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound center from Kelowna, B.C., is the final Chief listed at 184th overall. Acquired by Spokane in a trade with the Red Deer Rebels in January 2016, Zummack has proven to be the reliable, two-way pivot they expected. He nearly doubled his rookie campaign production during the 2017-18 season, going from 22 to 41 points, including 15 goals. He added two goals and three assists in seven playoff games. Zummack earned the Chiefs’ Most Sportsmanlike Player award for the second consecutive year.

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