Thomson a top prospect

Kelowna Rockets defenceman Lassi Thomson has - pardon the pun - rocketed up Central Scouting draft prospect list ahead of June NHL draft in Vancouver.

Thomson, in his first year with the Rockets, is the 14th ranked North American skater according to Central Scouting's mid-season rankings. That would put him in line to be a mid to late first round choice once European skaters and goaltenders are added to the mix at the end of the season.

Thomson was at the lower end of the radar to start the season. He was listed as a C prospect in October, a potential fourth to sixth round selection.

The smooth skating Finn is third in rookie scoring with 10 goals and 19 assists this season.

Winger Nolan Foote and defenceman Kaeden Korczak are also ranked high.

Foote, with a career-best 22 goals and 20 assists, is rated 26th, while Korczak, with three goals and 16 assists, is ranked 31st.

All three are in Red Deer for the Top Prospects game, a game which could have a bearing on team's individual rankings moving forward.

Three other Rockets are also listed, including forwards Kyle Topping (195th) and Alex Swetlikoff (217th) and goaltender Roman Basran (11th among netminders).

The mid-season rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 130 skaters and 12 goaltenders internationally.

Jack Hughes with the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team, the younger brother of Canucks draft pick Quinn Hughes, tops the list of North American skaters.

Kaapo Kakko of Finland's TPS tops the list of European skaters.





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