A Fort St. John hockey player finds himself in some elite company on NHL Central Scouting's mid-season rankings of North American skaters ahead of the 2023 draft.
Ethan Semeniuk ranked 173rd on the list, released Friday. He grew up playing hockey in Fort St. John and was drafted 56th overall by the Vancouver Giants in the third round of the 2020 WHL Draft.
“Semeniuk started the season hot before missing time with an injury. He’s got 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points, including a pair of shorthanded points so far,” the Giants said in a posting to the team's website.
Topping the mid-season rankings was Connor Bedard, who is coming off a memorable performance at the recent world junior hockey championship, where he set a number of national and tournament records in helping Canada capture its second straight gold medal.
Three other northern British Columbians made the mid-term rankings, including:
Tanner Molendyk of McBride, ranked 36th, a defence man for the Saskatoon Blades
Nico Myatovic of Prince George, ranked 47th, a right winger for the Seattle Thunderbirds
Terrell Goldsmith of Fort St. James, ranked 202nd, a defence man for the Prince Albert Raiders
Also making the list was Gracyn Sawchyn of Grande Prairie, a forward for the Seattle Thunderbirds, ranked 42nd.
— with Canadian Press files