BATHURST – The NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft today. A total of five Titan players made the list with Cole Huckins and Riley Kidney ranked in the second round while Jacob Melanson, Bennett MacArthur, and Zach Biggar are ranked in the fourth, fifth, and sixth round respectively.
Huckins, ranked 48th among North American skaters, finished the 2020-21 season with 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 33 games. The Fredericton, New Brunswick product added five assists in nine games during the playoffs.
After being ranked as a fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidate on the Players to Watch list back in January, Kidney is the 49th ranked North American skater in the final rankings. The Enfield, Nova Scotia native had 38 points in 33 games this season and remains tied for second in QMJHL playoff scoring with 17 points in nine games despite not having played since May 11th.
Melanson, who was acquired from the Quebec Remparts during the recent winter trading period, finds himself ranked 115th among North American skaters thanks to a strong second half that saw him notch 18 points in 19 games. The hard hitting winger also had three points in five playoff games.
MacArthur makes his way onto the NHL Central Scouting rankings for the first time as a 20-year-old after a breakout 2020-21 campaign in which he netted 28 goals and 12 assists in 33 games. The product of Summerside, PEI had 11 points in nine post-season contests as well. He is ranked 132nd on North American skaters list.
Joining MacArthur is another Prince Edward Island native and Titan Rookie of the Year, Zach Biggar. The first-year defenceman is the 164th ranked North American skater after registering 11 points in 33 games this season while playing top four minutes and eventually earning a spot on the powerplay in the second half.
[PDF: NHL Central Scouting 2020-21 Final Rankings (North American)]