Victoria Grizzlies defenceman Nolan De Jong

Victoria’s Nolan De Jong listed higher than Royals in CSS rankings

Victoria Grizzlies' Nolan De Jong and Victoria Royals Trent Lofthouse and Keegan Kanzig listed as NHL draftees

Victoria Grizzlies defenceman Nolan De Jong leads the local skaters who made the NHL’s Central Scouting Service midterm rankings of North American skaters put out this week.

De Jong is listed at 150th, which means the future Michigan Wolverine could be a late-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft. The Victoria native is headed to the University of Michigan for September.

Ranked 165th, newcomer Trent Lofthouse (Surrey) is one of two Victoria Royals to make the list. He joins Royals defenceman Keegan Kanzig (Athabasca, Alta.) who is listed at 194th. It’s a low mention for the hulking, 6-foot-5, and 230-pound 17-year-old.

Scouts are hoping to Kanzig’s skill set, namely his speed and decision making, can catch up to his NHL-ready size.

Cracking the North American goalie list is Chad Katunar at 33rd. The Victoria native stepped up big time during the Penticton Vees’ run to the RBC Cup last year and is second in BCHL wins this year with 19. His goals against average of 2.29 and save percentage of .925 are currently fourth in the league.

Katunar is committed to the University of Notre Dame for September.

The scouting service also provided a list of international skaters and goalies, which means the above players will drop in the combined rankings. However, making the list is the most crucial step. Once noticed, players will often rise or fall sharply based on their play in the coming months.

Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks is first on the list of North American skaters.

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Prolific offender found sleeping in Oak Bay resident’s car

Of 106 calls to 911 last week, eight were abandoned

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Researchers head out from Sidney to explore Canada’s largest underwater volcano

The Explorer Seamount is as large as Greater Vancouver and full of previously undiscovered species

RCMP identify Sidney bank robbery suspect, believe he is still on Vancouver Island

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

BC Ferries’ top boss helps clean Willows Beach

Old shoe, men’s underpants and too many cigarette butts on Willows

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Rare white ravens spotted again in mid-Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

Most Read