Castlegar native Ryan Renz made the NHL Central Scouting report last week, which suggests he could be drafted this June.
Renz was listed 208th in the report. The 17-year-old is currently playing in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers, after being traded twice last Monday, first from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to the Prince George Spruce Kings and then ending up in Vernon.
The Grade 12 student is committed to the NCAA Northeastern Huskies, located in Boston, for the next season.
“He can play in every situation, he’s tough and he’s a hard guy to play against. It never hurts to add a bigger body back there that makes guys pay the price,” Vipers head coach and general manager Mark Ferner told the Vernon Morning Star.
Renz played the first half of last season with the Castlegar Rebels before being picked up by the BCHL.