The CJHL released their first regular season Top 20 National Rankings and the Vees come in at 17; falling 15 spots from their pre-season ranking. Fans might be upset with the slide down the rankings and they might have a beef, but these are just arbitrary rankings that are good for debate and not much else. Yes, from a marketing standpoint it’s great for your organization to be in the Top 20 in Canada but it certainly doesn’t make or break your program.
A strong week and the Vees will shoot up the standings and likely crack the top five. Won’t be easy though, as they’re going to play three tough opponents, starting tomorrow in Vernon. Yes, Vernon has had their struggles to start the season but they will be hungry to right the ship against one of their longtime rivals. Merritt comes to town Friday for the home opener and they look to be playing some good hockey. Cowichan Valley is atop of the Island Division and actually received an Honourable Mention in the Top 20 National Rankings. So it’s a stretch of three games in four days against stiff competition; a good test for this team early in the season.
Yesterday NHL Central Scouting came out with their Preliminary “Ones to Watch” list for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and two Vees have made the cut. Jack Ramsey and Hunter Miska are two of four BCHL’ers who cracked the list and Ramsey is the highest ranked, as he is listed as ‘B’ skater. That means Ramsey is projected as a high draft pick, somewhere in the 3-4 round right now; could even go higher. Miska is the only goalie in the league to be named on the list and he’s listed as a ‘C’ prospect; a late round pick.
Congrats to both Jack and Hunter on cracking the list and it will be interesting to see where they are pegged in the NHL Entry Draft as the season progresses.