A pair of Vernon Viper products are part of a select group of B.C. Hockey Leaguers hoping to hear their names called tonight at the NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Centre in St. Paul, Minn.
Viper grad Sahir Gill and blueliner Ryan Renz are among a talented pack of seven players listed in the final Central Scouting rankings of North American skaters.
Gill, a Terrace native, notched six goals and 19 assists in a solid freshman season with the Boston University Terriers.
Renz, who came to Vernon from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (via the Prince George Spruce Kings) at the trade deadline, posted a goal and three assists in 13 regular-season games with the Snakes. He stepped up his play in their run to a third straight Royal Bank Cup.
Highest on the Central Scouting list is Victoria Grizzlies’ forward Joel Lowry. He is the son of former NHLer and current Calgary Flames assistant, Dave Lowry, and is slated 95th among Canadian and U.S. skaters. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is committed to Cornell University for the fall.
Destry Straight of the Coquitlam Express is listed at 100th. He was voted the Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year after putting up 26 goals and 41 assists in 59 games this year. He is headed to the Boston College Eagles next season.
Also listed are Westside Warriors’ defenceman Michael King, Victoria forward Pearce Eviston and Trail Smoke Eaters right winger Joey Baker.