Nelson tops Troops’ five

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Ty Nelson leads five members of the North Bay Battalion in midseason rankings prepared by the National Hockey League’s central scouting department in advance of the 2022 NHL Draft.

Defenceman Nelson is No. 25 among North American-based skaters, while centre Liam Arnsby is rated 66th. Defenceman Ty Mathurin is ranked 152nd and centre Kyle Jackson 182nd on the 224-player list released Wednesday.

Dom DiVincentiis is No. 14 of 32 North American-based goaltenders. He is fourth among OHL goalies.

A total of 62 OHL performers are listed, numbering 41 forwards, 14 defencemen and seven goaltenders.

“We’ve been fortunate this season to have contributions from a number of young players,” said Battalion general manager Adam Dennis. “Ty, Liam, Tnias, Kyle and Dom have all played a big role on our team this year and are all deserving.

“In addition, it’s nice to see Kyle get some recognition after having his draft year cancelled because of covid. He’s turned into one of the best players in the league, and our team has missed his presence the last few weeks.

“We look forward to getting back on the ice and having more players join the list and current players rise up it.”

Nelson, the seventh-ranked OHL skater and the top-rated Canadian-born rearguard, has scored five goals and earned 21 assists for 26 points with 24 penalty minutes in 32 games. He is second in rookie scoring behind centre Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads and fourth in scoring among OHL defencemen.

Nelson, the No. 1 choice in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens minor midgets, turns 18 on March 30.

Arnsby, North Bay’s first-round choice, ninth overall, in 2019 from the Don Mills Flyers minor midgets, has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points while amassing 51 PiM in 31 games. The Battalion captain turned 18 last Nov. 20.

Mathurin, who marks his 18th birthday Saturday, has two goals and seven assists for nine points with 20 PiM in 24 games. He was a third-round selection in 2020 from the Ajax-Pickering Raiders minor midgets.

Jackson, who has missed 10 games with a knee injury, has 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points with 14 PiM in 23 games. A third-rounder in 2018 from the Toronto Red Wings minor midgets, he turned 19 on Oct. 17.

DiVincentiis has a won-lost-extended record of 3-7-0, a 3.13 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 12 games. The Battalion chose him in the sixth round of the 2020 Priority Selection from the Vaughan Kings minor midgets. He turns 18 on March 4.

Centre Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is No. 1 among skaters in North America, while Tyler Brennan of the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars is the top-rated North American-based goaltender.

Nineteen of the 20 OHL clubs have at least one member ranked, led by the London Knights with eight, the Guelph Storm with six and North Bay with five.

The NHL also released lists of 155 international skaters and 10 international goaltenders in anticipation of the draft, to be held July 7-8 at Montreal.

Players are first-time eligible for the NHL draft in the year they turn 18, unless they are born Sept. 16 or later, in which case they must wait until the following year.

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