The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting midterm rankings were released today and one Charlottetown Islander made the list.
Defenseman Lukas Cormier was ranked 27th among all North American skaters, one of eight QMJHL skaters ranked in the top-31. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.
Cormier is highly regarded as an offensive-minded defenseman who has dazzled since entering the QMJHL last season as a 16-year-old. Often compared to former QMJHL player and current Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard, Cormier has recorded five goals and 21 points in 25 games this season. He sat on the sideline for nearly six weeks earlier this season with a lower-body injury. Last season, Cormier took the league by storm, scoring 15 goals and 36 points as a rookie and leading all rookie defenders in goals.
The 5’10 defender from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick has twice represented Canada on the international stage, first at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November 2018 and then at the 2019 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup this past summer.
“Lukas is a mobile, offensively gifted defenseman who combines skill, vision, and grit,” said Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton. “These attributes are difficult to find in a young player, hence why he his so highly rated for this year’s draft.”
The next action Cormier will see is this Thursday, January 16th, as he takes part in the CHL Kubota Top Prospects Game, as he competes alongside fellow top NHL prospects in one of the premier showcases put on by the Canadian Hockey League.
The Charlottetown Islanders will be in action next this weekend as they take on the Cape Breton Eagles in back-to-back games at the Eastlink Centre starting Friday, January 17th. Tickets for both games are available at the Eastlink Centre box office, by phone at 902-629-6625, or online by clicking HERE.