Penticton Vees defenseman Ryan Hopkins is ranked No. 101 on the NHL’s Central Scouting Rankings for the 2022 draft in Montreal. (Photo: Jack Murray)

Penticton Vees defenseman Ryan Hopkins is ranked No. 101 on the NHL’s Central Scouting Rankings for the 2022 draft in Montreal. (Photo: Jack Murray)

Penticton Vees’ Ryan Hopkins among players included on NHL draft rankings list

The Vees defenseman is one of four players from the B.C. Hockey League to make the list

A member of the Penticton Vees is ranked among the top North American skaters eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft this summer.

Rookie defenseman Ryan Hopkins is listed as No. 101 on the Central Scouting Rankings ahead of the upcoming draft in Montreal, scheduled to be held on July 7 and 8.

Hopkins is one of four B.C. Hockey League players on the list, joined by the West Kelowna Warriors’ Tyson Jugnauth, Cranbrook Bucks forward Tyson Dyck and the Wenatchee Wild’s Cade Littler.

The Vees defenseman was named to the BCHL’s All-Rookie Team for the 2021-2022 season, posting seven goals and 24 assists in 47 games played.

The University of Maine commit has also made an impact during the Vees’ playoff run, tallying three assists from the blue line in eight games.

Penticton has won 12 straight postseason affairs on route to an upcoming appearance in the Fred Page Cup Finals.

Hopkins and the Vees will battle the Nanaimo Clippers in the finals, scheduled to begin on May 13 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The full NHL Central Scouting Rankings list can be found here.

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