Swift Current, SK — Three Swift Current Broncos are ranked in the 2017 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings released earlier Wednesday morning today amongst North American Skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Forward Aleksi Heponiemi is ranked 36th by NHL Central Scouting. The import forward from Finland leads all WHL rookies in points with 54 (16g-38a) and boasts an impressive plus-15 rating. Heponiemi was selected 10th overall by the Broncos in the 2016 CHL Import Draft.
Defenceman Artyom Minulin is ranked 49th on the list in the Midterm Rankings. Minulin is fifth in team scoring with 7 goals and 27 assists for 34 points to go along with a plus-13 rating. The 1998-born Russian import has been invited to play in the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 30 in Quebec City. Minulin was the Broncos first round selection, 29th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
Lastly, forward Tyler Steenbergen is ranked 138th in the Midterm Rankings. Steenbergen is enjoying a breakout season with the Broncos, leading the team in scoring with 59 points (34g-25a), including 13 power play markers and seven game-winning-goals. Steenbergen’s 34 goals also ranks second amongst all WHL players. The Sylvan Lake, AB native was the Broncos first round pick, 12th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Broncos next game is Saturday night against the Regina Pats at 7:00pm CST at the Credit Union i-Plex. It is also the 2017 Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame Induction night on Saturday.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Stable, calling 306-773-1509 or online at tickets.scbroncos.com.