Balmas makes Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking
Charlottetown Islanders centre Mitchell Balmas is ranked 112th among North American skaters for June’s draft in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings. The Sydney, N.S., native has 17 goals and 10 assists in 44 games this season after a five-goal, six-assist rookie campaign in 56 games. London Knights left-winger Matthew Tkachuk was the top-ranked North American. Tkachuk was followed by defencemen Jakob Chychrun and left-winger Alexander Nylander. All three play in the OHL. Val-d’Or’s Julien Gauthier was ranked fourth. American centre Auston Matthews, who is playing in Switzerland, was the top international skater. Matthews was followed by Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrik Laine, who starred for Finland at the world junior tournament.