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Andrew Cristall given updated rating by NHL Central Scouting

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Kelowna Rockets assistant captain Andrew Cristall was given updated ‘A’ ratings on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list Monday, bringing the total number of projected first-round picks from the WHL to 10 ahead of next June’s 2023 NHL Draft.

Three WHL players, including Cristall, Tri-City Americans defenceman Lukas Dragicevic and Prince George Cougars forward Koehn Ziemmer were all bumped from their original ‘B’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s list, released last month.

Cristall leads Kelowna in scoring with 35 points (15G-20A) and along with Ziemmer is in a third-place tie among WHL scoring leaders.

The Rockets forward is currently riding a career-high eight-game point streak that has seen him record 22 points (8G 14A) over that span.

“Andrew has been an offensive catalyst in Kelowna this year. He’s very gifted offensively, good on the power play, has great vision and knows how to score,” John Williams of NHL Central Scouting told NHL.com Monday.

Joining Cristall, Dragicevic and Ziemmer as ‘A’ rated players from the WHL are Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard, Winnipeg ICE forward Zach Benson, Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Carson Bjarnason, Wheat Kings forward Nate Danielson, Heidt, Vancouver Giants forward Samuel Honzek and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Yager.

The players on the preliminary list with A ratings are considered potential first-round picks. Players with B ratings are considered possible second- or third-round choices, and those with C ratings are potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selections.

The 2023 NHL Draft is slated for June 28-29 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Your next chance to see Cristall and the Rockets on home ice is  Saturday, November 26th when they’ll face the 2022 Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year Brayden Yager and the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Single-game tickets for all Rockets home games are on sale at Select Your Tickets. Tickets can be purchased online through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office, or by phone at 250-762-5050.


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