Warriors Pope set for NHL draft
West Kelowna Warriors winger David Pope should hear his name called when 30 NHL general managers converge in New Jersey for the annual entry draft at the end of June.
Pope is ranked 67th among North American skaters in the final rankings released this week by NHL Central Scouting.
Factoring in players in Europe and goaltenders, Pope will likely hear his name called sometime between the end of the second round and the fourth.
One NHL scout says Pope's size (6'3") and quick, hard shot have attracted the attention of some teams in the NHL.
Pope has suffered through some injuries since coming to the Warriors. He played just 42 of 56 games in the regular season due to injury.
Over those 42 games, he scored 17 goals and 39 points.
Pope would be the third member of the Warriors ever drafted by the NHL. Justin Schultz (43rd in 2008) and Cam Reid (192nd in 2009).
Pope is one of eight BC Hockey League players listed by Central Scouting.
The other seven are:
- Adam Tambellini (42 - Surrey)
- Luke Ripley (86 - Powell River)
- Nolan De Jong (111 - Victoria)
- Dane Birks (121 - Merritt)
- Jedd Soloway (131 - Penticton)
- Kevin Guiltinan (162 - Prince George)
- Chad Katunar (28 among goaltenders - Penticton).
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