Central Scouting Maintains Grades

Swaney Now on Watch List

Black Hawks forward Nick Swaney was added to the list of prospects being graded by National Hockey League Central Scouting ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft, while three other Waterloo skaters maintained or improved their status in the latest update released Wednesday.

Swaney was given a “C” grade, indicating that Central Scouting believes he is a candidate to be chosen in the fourth through sixth rounds in June.  The University of Minnesota-Duluth recruit is currently tied as Waterloo’s scoring leader with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists).  Last winter, Swaney paced the Hawks with 50 regular season points, including 30 goals.

Shane Bowers, Mikey Anderson, and Ben Copeland also returned to the November “Players to Watch” list after claiming slots on the October grid.  The latest marks for the trio are “A,” “B,” and “C” respectively.

Bowers is tied for Waterloo’s 2016/17 scoring lead (eight goals, seven assists) with Swaney.  Since the last Central Scouting report, he committed to Boston University.  Copeland also announced his NCAA commitment last month, choosing Colorado College.

Anderson climbed to “B” status from the prior rating, indicating that Central Scouting believes teams will consider selecting him with their second or third round picks.  Like Swaney, Anderson is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Central Scouting will release a numerical ranking of North American prospects in January.  A final ranking will be issued in April, near the conclusion of most junior league regular seasons.

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