Two Winterhawks named to NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term draft rankings

Portland, Ore. – The Portland Winterhawks, proud member club of the Western Hockey League, are proud to share that two current players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal.

Defenseman Marek Alscher, 17, and forward James Stefan, 18, were recognized on the latest list after strong starts to their respective campaigns.


Alscher has posted four goals and two assists through 28 games in his first year with the Winterhawks, and was one of three Portland players named to NHL Central Scouting’s initial “Preliminary Players to Watch” list in October. Originally selected by the Winterhawks with the 26th pick in the 2021 CHL Import Draft, the Kladno, Czech Republic native arrived in Portland after a strong 2020-21 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.

Currently in his second full WHL season, Stefan has already posted career-best numbers through just 32 games this year. The Laguna Beach, Calif. native boasts 15 goals and 16 assists this season, tying him with Tyson Kozak for a team-best 31 points. Stefan tallied five goals and four assists in a 49-game rookie campaign, then spent the majority of the 2020-21 season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL ahead of the WHL’s abbreviated season. There, he recorded 28 points in 41 games before returning to the Winterhawks for six games, during which he posted three assists.

In total, 53 WHL players were named to the mid-term listed. The Winterhawks are one of 17 Clubs with at least two players listed. The full list of ranked WHL skaters and goalies follows below.

2021-22 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings – WHL Players

North American Skaters

Rank Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position
3 Savoie Matthew St. Albert, Alta. Winnipeg ICE 5’9” 179 C
4 Geekie Conor Strathclair, Man. Winnipeg ICE 6’3” 193 C
9 Mateychuk Denton Dominion City, Man. Moose Jaw Warriors 5’11” 188 D
20 Korchinski Kevin Saskatoon, Sask. Seattle Thunderbirds 6’1” 185 D
21 Pickering Owen St. Adolphe, Man. Swift Current Broncos 6’4” 179 D
30 Lindgren Mats North Vancouver, B.C. Kamloops Blazers 5’11” 173 D
33 Firkus Jagger Irma, Alta. Moose Jaw Warriors 5’10” 153 RW
34 Minten Fraser Vancouver, B.C. Kamloops Blazers 6’1” 185 C
43 Gustafson Jordan Ardrossan, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds 5’11” 178 C
50 Seminoff Matthew Coquitlam, B.C. Kamloops Blazers 5’11” 180 RW
51 Filmon Josh Winnipeg, Man. Swift Current Broncos 6’2” 158 LW
55 Weir Jace Coldstream, B.C. Red Deer Rebels 6’2” 183 D
58 Schuurman Brayden Abbotsford, B.C. Victoria Royals 5’9” 191 C
80 Milne Mikey Abbotsford, B.C. Winnipeg ICE 5’10” 185 LW
85 Schaefer Reid Spruce Grove, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds 6’3” 215 LW
87 Lisowsky Brandon Port Coquitlam, B.C. Saskatoon Blades 5’8” 171 LW
92 Kmec Viliam Kosice, Slovakia Prince George Cougars 6’2” 198 D
93 Bell Parker Campbell River, B.C. Tri-City Americans 6’4” 192 LW
95 Uchacz Kai De Winton, Alta. Red Deer Rebels 6’1” 190 RW
96 Polshakov Zakhar Minsk, Belarus Brandon Wheat Kings 5’10” 170 LW
97 Sloan Jake Leduc, Alta. Tri-City Americans 6’3” 207 RW
99 Roersma Rylen Lethbridge, Alta. Brandon Wheat Kings 5’10” 161 C
112 Sidorov Egor Vitebsk, Belarus Saskatoon Blades 5’10” 154 RW
127 Davies Josh Airdrie, Alta. Swift Current Broncos 5’9” 197 LW
131 Gronick Kyren Regina, Sask. Saskatoon Blades 5’10” 185 C
136 Dowhaniuk Keaton Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince George Cougars 6’0” 165 D
139 Siepmann Grayden Abbotsford, B.C. Calgary Hitmen 5’10” 175 D
140 Wright Charlie Olds, Alta. Saskatoon Blades 6’0” 175 D
141 Muranov Maxim Moscow, Russia Calgary Hitmen 6’0” 158 LW
144 Ward Mathew Kamloops, B.C. Swift Current Broncos 5’8” 156 C
148 Sward Graham Abbotsford, B.C. Spokane Chiefs 6’2” 180 D
153 Bettahar Rayan Rodgau, Germany Swift Current Broncos 6’1” 198 D
154 Hemmerling Ben Sherwood Park, Alta. Everett Silvertips 5’10” 159 RW
157 Bocharov Pavel Escondido, Calif. Medicine Hat Tigers 6’0” 184 D
168 Graham Max Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna Rockets 6’2” 181 C
173 Hodass Bogdans Jelgava, Latvia Medicine Hat Tigers 6’3” 202 D
175 Lies Justin Flin Flon, Man. Vancouver Giants 6’1” 205 RW
177 Alscher Marek Kladno, Czechia Portland Winterhawks 6’3” 196 D
186 Roest Austin Coldstream, B.C. Everett Silvertips 5’9” 169 C
187 Flamand Nolan Saskatoon, Sask. Kelowna Rockets 5’9” 171 C
193 Feist Layton Dawson Creek, B.C. Regina Pats 5’10” 167 D
205 Stefan James Laguna Beach, Calif. Portland Winterhawks 6’0” 173 RW
211 Thornton Hudson Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars 5’11” 178 D
214 Streule Maximilian Zurich, Switzerland Winnipeg ICE 5’11” 176 D

North American Goaltenders

Rank Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position
1 Brennan Tyler Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars 6’4” 180 G
6 Holt Braden Bozeman, Mont. Everett Silvertips 6’2” 160 G
7 Beaupit Mason Surrey, B.C. Spokane Chiefs 6’5” 186 G
13 Suchanek Tomas Olomouc, Czechia Tri-City Americans 6’0” 171 G
17 Kieper Matthew Winnipeg, Man. Regina Pats 6’2” 178 G
21 Young Ty Coaldale, Alta. Prince George Cougars 6’3” 181 G
22 Hay Kolby Monte Creek, B.C. Edmonton Oil Kings 6’4” 186 G
26 Dyck Reid Winkler, Man. Swift Current Broncos 6’3” 187 G
30 Coward Chase Swift Current, Sask. Red Deer Rebels 6’2” 161 G


Additionally, three unsigned Portland prospects playing in the USHL topped the mid-season list, led by Winterhawks 2019 tenth-round WHL Bantam selection Jimmy Snuggerud.

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

Rank Last Name First Name Hometown Team Height Weight Position
8 Snuggerud Jimmy Chaska, MN USNTDP U18 6’1” 185 RW
110 Hejduk Marek Parker, CO USNTDP U18 5’11” 180 RW
113 Haskins Tyler Rochester, MN Madison 6’1” 170 LW

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