Trio make fi­nal Cen­tral Scout­ing list

Dou­glas, Cor­co­ran, Mac­Dougall hope to hear name called

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - JIM PARKER jp­parker@post­ Twit­­starparker

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.

Cur­tis Dou­glas

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