Trio make final Central Scouting list
Douglas, Corcoran, MacDougall hope to hear name called
While the numbers are now final, the wait continues for three members of the Windsor Spitfires. The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft on Monday, but if and when anyone ranked is taken won’t be known until this year’s event is held on June 22-23 in Dallas.
Spitfires centre Curtis Douglas sits at No. 63 on the list of North American skaters while defenceman Connor Corcoran is No. 123 and left-winger Mathew MacDougall is No. 183.
“All three guys have a chance of getting drafted,” Spitfires general manager Warren Rychel said. The six-foot-eight, 234-pound Douglas benefited greatly from a December trade that brought him to the Spitfires from the Barrie Colts as part of the package for Aaron Luchuk.
In Windsor, the 18-year-old Douglas became a top six forward and spent time on the power play and killing penalties.
“I mean, it’s always nice to be rewarded after all the hard work I put in this season, and I have to give a lot of credit to the Spitfires’ staff, who pushed me and gave me all the opportunity I could have asked for, as well as my teammates, who were amazing this year and supported me as well and went to war with me all year,” said Douglas, who moved up from No. 70.
Douglas finished with 22 goals in 66 games and 46 points along with 65 penalty minutes.
“I think he’ll go higher than that just because of his size,” Rychel said.
Corcoran slipped from No. 96 on the midterm rankings to No. 123 on the final list.
The five-foot-10, 170-pound MacDougall finished with 17 goals and 32 points in 66 games, but dropped from No. 121 in the midterm rankings to No. 183 in the final rankings.