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Five Hawks Listed in Final Central Scouting Ratings

The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau has released its final rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and five Winterhawks players  have been ranked among the top North American skaters: Sven Bartschi at #7, Joe Morrow at #12, Ty Rattie at #17, Tyler Wotherspoon at #40 and Pearce Eviston at #169.

Bartschi led all WHL rookies with 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 points. He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Year and is a finalist for the league’s Rookie of the Year Award. Through six playoff games he has two goals and six assists for eight points. He also competed for his native Switzerland at the World Junior Championship, where he had a goal and an assist in helping them to a fifth place finish.

Morrow led all Portland defensemen with nine goals and 40 assists for 49 points, the most by a Winterhawks blueliner since the 2002-03 season, and an 18-point improvement on last season. He also has a goal and six assists for seven points in six playoff games.

Rattie finished the season with 28 goals and 51 assists for 79 points, a 42-point improvement on his rookie campaign last season. Through six playoff games he’s posted two goals and six assists for eight points. Rattie was the second overall pick of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.

Wotherspoon, a defenseman, had two goals and 10 assists for 12 points during the regular season, a seven-point improvement from last season. He has one assist thus far in the playoffs.

Eviston spent the season on the Winterhawks’ protected list while playing for the British Columbia Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies, joining the Hawks on March 19 following the conclusion of the Grizzlies’ season. He posted one goal in two regular season games and has one assist thus far in the playoffs. During the BCHL regular season Eviston had 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points in 44 games, followed by one goal in six playoff games.

“We’re proud of how hard these players have worked at developing their game, and these rankings from the Central Scouting Bureau demonstrate how far they’ve come,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “Last year’s draft class provided a good example of what it takes to be a pro.”

The Winterhawks also had a number of players on their protected list make Central Scouting’s rankings: Rocco Grimaldo of the U.S. National Team Development Program was rated at #32, while NTDP teammate Austin Wuthrich was ranked #81. Destry Straight of the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express came in at #100, Tanner Sorenson of Shattuck St. Mary’s High School ranked #180 and Joey Baker of the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters ranked #197. Among goalies, the Winterhawks had Matt McNeely, a teammate of Grimaldi and Wuthrich from the U.S. NTDP, ranked #4.

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is set for June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fans can save $10 per ticket during the 2011 playoffs by bringing a group of at least eight people or by investing in a Winterhawks playoff package.  Take advantage of these promotions by calling 503-236-HAWK or emailing seats@winterhawks.com  today.

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