North Stars’ Gerrie moves up 11 spots in NHL Draft rankings

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Keighan Gerrie of the Superior International Hockey League’s Thunder Bay North Stars continues to impress National Hockey League scouts.

The 17-year-old Thunder Bay product was tabbed 129th overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, who released their final rankings Monday heading towards the 2019 Draft this June in Vancouver.

His efforts saw him jump 11 spots from the mid-term listings where he was slotted 140th.

Gerrie, who won the SIJHL scoring title this season, with a 41-goal, 61-assist, 102-point campaign for the North Stars.

He also currently leads all league players in playoff scoring with a dozen points, including five tallies, heading into Game 3 of the Bill Salonen Cup final with the Red Lake Miners Wednesday evening.

That best-of-seven affair is knotted at 1-1 with the winner moving on to represent the SIJHL at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship, April 30 – May 4, in Cochrane, Ont.

NOTES: Gerrie is committed to attend Bowling Green State University (WCHA) on NCAA Division I scholarship in 2020. … Was named SIJHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18. … Has 153 points in 107 career contests, including 65 goals. … Skated for Team West at the 2019 CJHL Prospects Game in Okotoks, Alta. … Was named to participate in the SIJHL All-Star Game. … Was also selected a SIJHL 1st Team All-Star at Forward.

Canadian Junior Hockey League skaters and goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting final draft rankings list

1 13 Alex Newhook C Victoria Grizzlies BCHL
2 43 Alexander Campbell LW Victoria Grizzlies BCHL
2 62 Layton Ahac D Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL
3 80 Harrison Blaisdell C Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL
3 84 Massimo Rizzo C Penticton Vees BCHL
4 105 Quinn Olson LW Okotoks Oilers AJHL
4 108 Eric Ciccolini RW Toronto Jr. Canadiens OJHL
4 114 Jeremie Bucheler D Victoria Grizzlies BCHL
4 124 Kevin Wall RW Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL
5 129 Keighan Gerrie C Thunder Bay North Stars SIJHL
5 130 Zachary Uens D Wellington Dukes OJHL
5 137 Luke Bast D Brooks Bandits AJHL
6 157 Carter Berger D Victoria Grizzlies BCHL
6 167 Ethan Leyh LW Langley Rivermen BCHL
6 177 John Beaton C Kemptville 73s CCHL
6 179 Chase Felgueiras D Humboldt Broncos SJHL
7 191 Kyle Bettens RW Steinbach Pistons MJHL
7 193 Simon Mack D Brockville Braves CCHL
7 201 Zachary Okabe RW Grande Prairie Storm AJHL
7 212 Mason Snell D Penticton Vees BCHL
7 215 Ty Glover C Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL
10 Carter Gylander G Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
15 Gabriel Carriere G Kanata Lasers CCHL
24 Matthew Davis G Spruce Grove Saints AJHL

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