Three Winterhawks Named on NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Preliminary Players to Watch’ List

Portland, Ore. – The Portland Winterhawks, proud member club of the Western Hockey League, are proud to share that three current members of the team were named on NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Preliminary Players to Watch’ List ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft.

Marek Alscher, Marcus Nguyen and Ryder Thompson were all recognized as ‘C’ rated prospects for the 2022 NHL Draft, which indicates players projected to be fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidates.

First-year defenseman Marek Alscher (6’3″, 198lbs.) cracks the ‘Players to Watch’ list days after scoring his first career WHL goal, a game-winning tally against the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night.  The Kladno, Czech Republic native, originally selected by the Winterhawks with the 26th pick in the 2021 CHL Import Draft, comes to Portland after a strong season with the Pelicans U18 program in Finland where he posted 14 points in 27 games.  Alscher also recently competed for his country at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Second-year forward Marcus Nguyen (5’10”, 173lbs.) had a strong September, scoring goals in all four preseason games and he’s carried that momentum into the regular season with points in three straight contests.  The Calgary, Alta. native has two goals and three assists for five points in 22 WHL games.  Ryder Thompson (5’11”, 177lbs.) rounds out the bunch with a strong showing to start the season.  The Russell, Man. native has three assists in his first six games, putting him tied for second in scoring amongst Winterhawks defensemen.


In total, 45 WHL players are on the ‘Players to Watch’ List and the Portland Winterhawks are one of ten WHL Clubs to have three or more players recognized.

2021-22 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ – WHL Players

PTW Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position
A Geekie Conor Strathclair, Man. Winnipeg ICE 6’3” 193 C
A Mateychuk Denton Dominion City, Man. Moose Jaw Warriors 5’11” 188 D
A Savoie Matt St. Albert, Alta. Winnipeg ICE 5’9” 179 C
B Brennan Tyler Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars 6’4” 180 G
B Davies Josh Airdrie, Alta. Swift Current Broncos 5’9” 197 LW
B Korchinski Kevin Saskatoon, Sask. Seattle Thunderbirds 6’1” 185 D
B Lindgren Mats North Vancouver, B.C. Kamloops Blazers 5’11” 173 D
B Minten Fraser Vancouver, B.C. Kamloops Blazers 6’1” 185 C
C Alarie Eric Winnipeg, Man. Moose Jaw Warriors 6’1” 197 LW
C Alscher Marek Kladno, Czech Rep. Portland Winterhawks 6’3” 196 D
C Beaupit Mason Surrey, B.C. Spokane Chiefs 6’5” 186 G
C Bell Parker Campbell River, B.C. Tri-City Americans 6’4” 192 LW
C Bocharov Pavel Escondido, Calif. Saskatoon Blades 6’0” 184 D
C Dowhaniuk Keaton Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince George Cougars 6’0” 165 D
C Dyck Reid Winkler, Man. Swift Current Broncos 6’3” 187 G
C Firkus Jagger Irma, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors 5’10” 153 RW
C Graham Max Kelowna. B.C. Kelowna Rockets 6’2” 185 C
C Gronick Kyren Regina, Sask. Prince George Cougars 5’10” 185 LW
C Gustafson Jordan Ardrossan, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds 5’11” 178 C
C Hanzel Jeremy Coquitlam, B.C. Seattle Thunderbirds 6’0” 191 D
C Hemmerling Ben Sherwood Park, Alta. Everett Silvertips 5’10” 159 RW
C Holt Braden Bozeman, Mont. Everett Silvertips 6’2” 160 G
C Kieper Matthew Winnipeg, Man. Regina Pats 6’2” 178 G
C Klavdiev Yegor Minsk, Belarus Lethbridge Hurricanes 5’10” 170 C
C Kmec Viliam Kosice, Slovakia Prince George Cougars 6’2” 198 D
C Lies Justin Flin Flon, Man. Vancouver Giants 6’1” 205 C
C Lisowsky Brandon Port Coquitlam, B.C. Saskatoon Blades 5’8” 171 LW
C McCutcheon Logan Saskatoon, Sask. Lethbridge Hurricanes 5’9” 149 D
C Moravec Petr Hradec Kralove, Czech Rep. Tri-City Americans 6’0” 181 C
C Nguyen Marcus Calgary, Alta. Portland Winterhawks 5’10” 172 RW
C Pickering Owen St. Adolphe, Man. Swift Current Broncos 6’4” 179 D
C Repcik Peter Kosice, Slovakia Lethbridge Hurricanes 6’0” 172 C
C Roest Austin Coldstream, B.C. Everett Silvertips 5’9” 169 C
C Schaefer Reid Spruce Grove, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds 6’3” 215 LW
C Schuurman Brayden Abbotsford, B.C. Victoria Royals 5’9” 191 C
C Seminoff Matthew Coquitlam, B.C. Kamloops Blazers 5’10” 161 RW
C Siepmann Grayden Abbotsford, B.C. Calgary Hitmen 5’10” 175 D
C Suchanek Tomas Olomouc, Czech Rep. Tri-City Americans 6’0” 171 G
C Sward Graham Abbotsford, B.C. Spokane Chiefs 6’2” 180 D
C Szturc Gabriel Cesky Tesin, Czech Rep. Kelowna Rockets 5’10” 177 C
C Thompson Ryder Russell, Man. Portland Winterhawks 5’11” 172 D
C Uchacz Kai De Winton, Alta. Red Deer Rebels 6’1” 190 C
C Ward Mathew Kamloops, B.C. Swift Current Broncos 5’8” 156 C
C Weir Jace Coldstream, B.C. Red Deer Rebels 6’2” 183 D
C Wright Charlie Olds, Alta. Saskatoon Blades 6’0” 175 D


Additionally, five unsigned Portland prospects playing in the USHL topped the 2022 ‘Players to Watch’ List, led by Winterhawks 2019 tenth-round WHL Bantam selection Jimmy Snuggerud.

2021-22 NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ – Winterhawks Prospects

PTW Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position
B Snuggerud Jimmy Chaska, MN USNTDP U18 6’1” 185 RW
C Flemming Maddox Rochester, MN USNTDP U18 5’11” 188 C
C Haskins Tyler Rochester, MN Madison 6’1” 170 LW
C Hejduk Marek Parker, CO USNTDP U18 5’11” 180 RW
C Pohlkamp Eric Brainerd, MN Cedar Rapids 5’10” 205 D

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