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Four former Jr. Ducks appear in NHL mid-term draft ratings

By Chris Bayee, 01/13/23, 4:15PM PST


Forwards Lipinski, Harris, Henricks and Hong make Central Scouting Service rankings

Former Jr. Ducks and Jr. Gulls forward Sam Harris is ninth in the USHL in scoring as of early January. The Denver commit is the 131st-ranked North American skater on the NHL Central Scouting Service mid-term ratings. Photo courtesy of the Sioux Falls Stam

Four former Anaheim Jr. Ducks players have made the NHL Central Scouting Service's mid-term draft rankings, it was announced Friday.

Forwards Jaden Lipinski, Sam Harris, Ty Henricks and James Hong appeared on the list, which is second of three NHL CSS generates each season. 

Lipinski, a late 2004, is the 38th-ranked North American skater. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound center has 33 points and 14 goals in 39 games for Vancouver of the Western Hockey League. That is a big uptick from a season ago, when Lipinski had 17 points in 68 games.

Lipinski is projected to go in the second or third round of next summer's NHL Entry Draft. 

Harris, a late 2003 birth year, is one of the top scorers in the United States Hockey League (USHL) this season. The 5-11, 190-pound Harris is rated the 131st North American skater, meaning he's expected to be a late-round pick. Harris also appeared in the CSS ratings last season.

The left wing, who also played for the San Diego Jr. Gulls, has 32 points and 17 goals through 27 games.  Those totals put Harris, a University of Denver commit, ninth in the league in points and tied for fourth in goals.  He has exceeded his goals total (16) and almost matched his points total from last season (35), which he got in 61 games. 

Henricks, who is in his first season with Fargo of the USHL, is the 158th-ranked North American skater. A 2005, the 6-4, 205-pound left wing has eight points (five goals) in 22 games.

Hong, who is in his second season with Waterloo of the USHL, is the 163rd-ranked North American skater. The 5-9, 175-pound Hong, also a 2005,  is scoring well ahead of his pace last season. The left wing has 18 points and nine goals in 28 games after putting up 24 and 11 in 61 games last season.