Victoria skaters listed in NHL draft rankings

Will former Saanich Braves forward Wade Murphy get drafted? Murphy joins a pair of Victoria Royals in the NHL draft rankings

The NHL likes players who can score.

That wasn’t a problem for Victoria Royals rookie Logan Nelson this season.

What took awhile for Logan to reveal, however, was the physical element in his game. That, and his consistent offence caught the NHL’s Central Scouting bureau’s eye as Nelson jumped to 73rd overall from 108th among North American skaters eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Nelson finished fifth in league scoring among rookies with 62 points in 71 games (23 goals, 39 assists). But it was his physical game that stood out, especially in the playoff series against the Kamloops Blazers. Nelson showed the natural timing necessary to throw a punishing but legal check.

Things aren’t as rosy for teammate Steven Hodges, however, as he dropped from 55th to 85th.

The draft rankings also listed six BCHL skaters.Fourth among them is Wade Murphy of Saanich, who split his season between the Victoria Grizzlies and Penticton Vees.

Murphy scored the overtime winner on Tuesday as his Vees went up 3-0 in the BCHL final over the Powell River Kings. Vees defenceman Nick Buchanan of Victoria also scored in the Vees’ 4-3 win. Game 4 was Wednesday night.

Murphy is ranked 142nd, and is headed to Div. 1 Merrimack in the NCAA next year, while Buchanan is headed to Minnesota State-Mankato.

WHL playoff notes

As of Monday Tri City Americans led the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinal while the Portland Winterhawks led the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 in the other Western semifinal.

The Edmonton Oil Kings swept the Brandon Wheat Kings and will meet the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Eastern Conference final, the Warriors having swept the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BC Ferries hybrid ships arrive in Victoria on Saturday

The battery-operated vessels will take over smaller routes

Esquimalt arsonist sentenced to two years in jail, thanks police, defence lawyer and taxpayers

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

Strong winds expected in Greater Victoria Friday evening

Winds are expected to ease Saturday morning

Speeding Alaska driver tells VicPD police chief he knows how to drive in the snow

Chief Const. Del Manak saw the speeder while driving on Highway 17

VIDEO: The Victoria byelection leads a selection of today’s news stories

A selection of Greater Victoria top stories for Jan. 17

VIDEO: Missing cat reunited with Vancouver Island family after three months

‘It was like one day she was there, the next day she was gone,’ said owner

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

B.C. offers $5 million equipment loan program to help ailing forest contractors

Local politicians in Port McNeill and Campbell River says local economies are struggling

Vancouver Island distillery wins award for best Canadian rye whisky

Shelter Point cleans up at Canadian Whisky Awards

Clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery at Nanaimo liquor store

Few details on male suspect in Wednesday incident, says Nanaimo RCMP

One last blast of winter tonight for parts of the Island before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

POLL: Has the recent snow had an impact on your daily life?

Old Man Winter had Greater Victoria in his icy grip this week.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read