Approaching the 2019 NHL Draft, Cranbrook's Bowen Byram is now ranked as the second prospect amongst all North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Previously ranked fourth amongst North American Skaters in NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings, Byram moved up two spots in the Final Rankings.
The Vancouver Giants star is the top-ranked defenseman entering the draft, as Byram's draft stock has continued to rise following an impressive season in the WHL.
Byram has helped the Giants reach the WHL's Western Conference Final against the Spokane Chiefs, which opens on Friday, as the Cranbrook native is currently third in WHL scoring with 14 points (2G, 12A) in 10 playoff games. During the regular season, Byram finished third amongst all WHL defenseman with 71 points (26G, 45A) in 67 games, scoring seven more goals than any other blueliner in the league.
In addition to Byram's rise in NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings, former Kootenay ICE captain Peyton Krebs is ranked 10th amongst North American Skaters.
Krebs was previously ranked eighth in NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings, dropping two spots since then, but is still projected to be a top pick in the first round. Krebs finished the WHL season with Kootenay collecting 68 points (19G, 49A) in 64 games.
The 2019 NHL Draft will be held June 21st and 22nd in Vancouver.