Stanstead College and Great Britain defenseman Liam Steele has been ranked 83rd amongst all North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings.
The 17-year-old was considered a ‘C’ prospect by NHL Central Scouting when the preliminary players to watch list was released in October.
A ‘C’ prospect is projected to be selected in rounds through four to six.
Since then, Steele has been playing with Stanstead College, made his Great Britain debut in the recent 2021 World Championships, confirmed his intention to play for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) next season and been announced in the Great Britain U18 roster.
In its 47th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs.
Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time scouts throughout North America.
What is encouraging for those in High-School/Prep-School hockey is that scouts are taking notice.
Six high-school players are ranked above Steele in these rankings, with Sam Rinzel as high as 26th.
As far as the mid-term rankings go, Steele is the 31st defenseman listed.
A third-round North American skating prospect, the Great Britain blueliner has an excellent chance of being drafted at this time.
There will be one more release by NHL Central Scouting, probably sometime in May, in which they will publish their final rankings.
Captain of Stanstead’s Varsity Boys, Steele has accumulated eleven points in thirteen games this year.
The team has been out of action so far in January.
Stanstead’s Varsity Boys are due to hit the ice in competitive action on the 22nd and play five games through the remainder of the month.
The 2022 NHL Draft is scheduled from July 7-8, 2022 and will be hosted by the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
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