Monday, April 11, 2011


NHL Central Scouting came out with it's final rankings for the draft coming up in June in Minnesota.

Express forward Destry Straight's ranking came in at 82nd overall among North American skaters.

The Coastal Conference rookie of the year drew plenty of interest from NHL clubs early in the year and didn't dissapoint. He was selected to participate at the CJHL Top Prospects Game in Dauphin Manitoba in December. He returned from the trip to the prairies and was one of the Express' most consistent point producers helping lead the Express to their first playoff appearance in three seasons.

Straight finished the year with 26 goals and 67 points which was second in Express scoring. He then added another goal and two assists in four playoff games.

Other BCHL players listed include, Westside's Micheal King and Trail's Joey Baker ranked 133rd and 134th. Baker's Trail teammate Sam Mellor is ranked 147th. Pearce Eviston and Madison Dias of the Victoria Grizzlies are slotted 153rd and 165th. Ryan Renz who split this past season in Alberni Valley and Vernon was ranked 208th.

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