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Two Prince George Cougars, one Spruce King catch eye of NHL scouts in midterm rankings

Taylor Gauthier, Cole Moberg, and Layton Ahac listed as potential picks at 2019 Draft
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[From left to right] Taylor Gauthier, Cole Moberg, and Layton Ahac (via Kyle Balzer, Prince George Cougars, & Prince George Spruce Kings)

The Prince George Cougars could see some of their players get a call by an NHL franchise this summer.

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier and Defenceman Cole Moberg are among 48 Western Hockey League (WHL) players highlighted by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm report as possible selections at the 2019 Draft in Vancouver.

Gauthier, a 17-year-old Calgary product, is ranked fifth among North American netminders and second out of the WHL.

He currently posts a .904 save-percentage (SV%) and is tied-for-second in the WHL with three shutouts this season, while also earning the WHL’s Goaltender of the Week honours from Jan. 7 to 13.

Gauthier is also one of two WHL goalies competing in the 2019 NHL Prospects Game in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday.

Moberg, an 18-year-old native of North Vancouver, is listed 175th among North American skaters.

He currently has 24 points to his name including nine goals, which has him tied-for-fourth among all WHL defencemen.

From the Prince George Spruce Kings, Defenceman Layton Ahac also cracked the midterm rankings in the 114th spot among North American skaters.

In 40 games, the 17-year-old, also from North Vancouver, has posted 20 assists in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) this season.

While these rankings do not solidify a slot in the big leagues, it simply compiles reports from several scouts as to who they believe is the best of the best.

The rankings are categorized by those playing in North America and those competing in Europe.

The 2019 NHL Draft takes places June 21 to 22.




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About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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