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Several Rangers make grade in final scouting rankings

NHL Central Scouting released its final ranking ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft
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Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

You could be hearing a number of Kitchener Rangers taken in the upcoming NHL Draft.

At least four Rangers have been named in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, released Thursday.

Forward Francesco Pinelli leads the way, ranked 15th among North American skaters and is expected to be taken in the first round of the 2021 Draft, scheduled to take place July 23 and 24.

Meantime, defenseman Simon Motew came in at 129th and winger Matthew Sop finished 174th on that list.

There was also some Ranger content on the international lists, with players having to play overseas with the 2020-21 season cancelled due to the pandemic.

Defenseman Ville Ottavainen is 90th among international skaters, and goaltender Pavel Cajan is ranked 11th among international goalies.




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