Three Tri-City Americans defensemen were included on the NHL Central Scouting preliminary list of players to watch for the 2015 NHL draft.
Second-year players Brandon Carlo and Parker Wotherspoon were joined by rookie Brendan O’Reilly on the list, which includes 39 WHL skaters and three goaltenders.
“It would have been nice to have a couple others listed, but it’s nice to have the three,” Americans general manager Bob Tory said. “It’s a good start. It gives them something to shoot for. Brendan had a good preseason and is just getting started.”
Carlo, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound native of Colorado Springs, Colo., received an A ranking, meaning he is a projected first-round pick. He played 71 games last year, and has four assists in two games to start the season.
Wotherspoon was given a B rating, making him a projected second- or third-round pick. The 6-foot, 170-pound native of Surrey, British Columbia, had 18 points in 62 games last year, and has a goal and two assists this season.
O’Reilly, who hails from Southlake, Texas, received a C rating, putting him in the later rounds of the draft. Last year, the 6-3, 185-pounder had eight goals and 22 assists for the Dallas Stars U16 team. He also played five games for the Americans, filling in for injured players after the holiday break.
Note: The WHL fined the Americans $500 for a multiple fight situation Sunday against Prince George. The Cougars were not fined.