Ethan Bowen of the Chilliwack Chiefs battles a Vernon Vipers player for the puck during a BCHL game at the Chilliwack Coliseum. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Big week for Chilliwack’s Ethan Bowen as National Hockey League holds draft

Bowen is the highest ranked BCHL skater and projects to be a mid-round pick by a big-league club

This week figures to be a memorable one for Chilliwack Chiefs forward Ethan Bowen.

Four months after it was originally supposed to be held, the National Hockey League draft finally takes place with round one tonight (Oct. 6) and six more rounds tomorrow.

Bowen is the top ranked BCHL skater available according to the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, and there are 15 other players who could hear their name called by a big-league club.

Here is the BCHL’s draft guide.

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Ethan Bowen (F) – Chilliwack Chiefs

Ranked No. 119 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, which makes him a projected mid round pick.

The 18-year-old is entering his third full season in the BCHL. He’s coming off a year where he missed significant time due to a wrist injury, but still managed to put up 39 points in 41 games. Bowen started with the Chiefs as an affiliate when he was 15 years old and played alongside his brother Ryan at the 2018 RBC Cup where Chilliwack won a national championship as the host team. Bowen is expected to jump to the University of North Dakota after this year’s BCHL season.

Danny Weight (F) – Penticton Vees

Ranked No. 142 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, which makes him a projected mid to late round pick.

Weight, the son of longtime NHL player and Stanley Cup champion Doug Weight, played just one season in the BCHL, but made an impact in his short time in the league. Last year with the Vees, the New York product finished in the top-10 in league scoring with 60 points in 58 games. Weight is currently at Boston College, waiting for the green light to start his freshman year in the NCAA.

Kyler Kovich (F) – Nanaimo Clippers

Ranked No. 168 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, which makes him a projected late round pick.

Kovich enjoyed a breakout year offensively for the Clippers last year, more than doubling his offensive totals from his rookie season. The Coquitlam product finished 2019-20 with 18 goals, 21 assists and 39 points. His strong play resulted in him getting a scholarship to Cornell University. This offseason, Kovich was given a leadership role ahead of his third season in Nanaimo when he was named team captain for 2020-21.

Trey Taylor (D) – Vernon Vipers

Ranked No. 216 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, which makes him a potential late round pick.

The six-foot-two and 185 pound defenceman is entering his third season with the Vipers. In 52 games last year, Taylor put up six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. He was also a key part of the Vipers run to the Fred Page Cup Final in 2019, notching six points in 21 playoff games. Last year, Taylor committed to Clarkson University.

Ryan Helliwell (D) – Langley Rivermen

Unranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

Another player on the list preparing for his third season in the league, Helliwell has received buzz for the 2020 draft since the start of his BCHL career. The 18 year old saw a significant increase in production last year compared to his rookie season, especially in the goal-scoring department. After going goalless in his rookie season, Helliwell put seven on the board in 2019-20 and added another 16 assists for 23 points in 48 games. He is committed to the University of Notre Dame next season.

Jackson Glassford (G) – Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Unranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

Glassford was solid in net for the Bulldogs last year in his rookie season. He made 21 appearances in 2019-20 and put together a record of 12-7-1. He ended the season with a .915 save percentage and a goals-against average of 3.25. His best stretch in the BCHL was from Dec. 7 to Jan. 4 when he won five straight starts, while facing over 30 shots in each of those games.

Cade Alami (D) – Surrey Eagles

Unranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

This is Alami’s second year of eligibility at the draft. The six-foot-seven defenceman from Bedford, New York had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in his rookie year, while playing in all 58 regular-season games. He chipped in with another three points in Surrey’s seven-game win over the Chilliwack Chiefs in the first round of the BCHL playoffs. Alami is committed to Providence College and will play there next season.

Talon Zakall (D) – Merritt Centennials

Unranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

Zakall is another defenceman who enjoyed a breakout year last season playing for his hometown team in Merritt. After posting 10 points in 2018-19, the 18-year-old had six goals and 23 assists in his sophomore season to finish with 29 points to lead all Centennials blueliners. He became somewhat of a power-play specialist with 10 of those points coming on the man advantage. On top of his success on the ice, Zakall also excelled in the classroom and was named the BCHL High School Player of the Month for November.

John Evans (F) – West Kelowna Warriors

Unranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

The Surrey product turned heads across the league in his rookie season in West Kelowna last year. He was the fourth-leading scorer among BCHL rookies in 2019-20 with 50 points and tied for third in goals among rookies with 22. His performance was good enough to land him on the BCHL’s All-Rookie Team.

Nick Ardanaz (D) – West Kelowna Warriors

Unranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

Evans’ teammate in West Kelowna, Ardanaz also made the BCHL’s All-Rookie Team after a strong 2019-20 campaign. The Langley native finished as the league’s second-highest rookie defenceman last year after putting up 32 points and playing in all 58 regular-season games. His 28 assists were also second-most among rookie blueliners. Ardanaz is committed to the University of New Hampshire.

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The league also has several players ranked by NHL Central Scouting who are on BCHL rosters for the upcoming 2020-21 season, including Chilliwack Chiefs forward Kienan Draper, who is rated No. 186 among North Americans.

Other BCHLers with a chance to be drafted include:

Matteo Costantini (F) – Penticton Vees (ranked 95th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting)

Ryan McGuire (F) – Penticton Vees (ranked 105th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting)

David Sacco (F) – Trail Smoke Eaters (ranked 141st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting)

Carter Loney (F) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (ranked 167th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting)

Paul Doré (F) – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (ranked 187th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting)

READ MORE: Chilliwack Chief Ethan Bowen looks forward to NHL draft

READ MORE: Bantam star Ethan Bowen ranked among Canada’s best


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