Four Penticton Vees players have made the first edition of the NHL Central Scouting bureau’s players to watch list ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, making up half of the eight total BCHL players included on the list.
Vees captain Fin Williams made the list, along with blue-liners Jack Bar, Jason Marsella and Owen Murray.
Bar received a ‘B’ grade, one of two BCHL players to receive the grade while Marsella, Murray and Williams are ranked as ‘C’ skaters heading into the season.
Bar, in his first season with the Vees, has put up two goals and three assists in nine games so far in the Okanagan Cup tournament. Bar is committed to play his collegiate hockey at Harvard University.
Marsella joined Penticton after spending last year with in the United States High School Prep circuit. The Greenwich, Connecticut native rearguard has registered one goal in six Okanagan Cup games with the Vees so far. Marsella is set to attend Yale University after his junior hockey career.
Murray joined the Vees after playing two seasons with the Portage Terriers in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The Decker, Man., product was a CJHL Rookie of the Year finalist in 2019 while being named the MJHL Rookie of the year. He is committed to play his collegiate hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Finally, Williams was named captain of the Vees just ahead of the Okanagan Cup tournament. The winger has produced three goals and four assists in nine Okanagan Cup games so far. The North Vancouver product has set his sights on the University of Michigan for his collegiate hockey career.
For the full list of Players to Watch from the NHL’s Central Scouting, click here.
The 2021 NHL draft is planned for June 2021.