Abbotsford hockey prospect Jake Virtanen saw his stock rise in the latest NHL Central Scouting rankings.
Virtanen was No. 9 in the Central Scouting midterm ranking of North American skaters released in mid-January, and he jumped up to No. 6 in the final edition released on Tuesday.
The 6’1″, 208-pound winger is coming off a terrific sophomore season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. The 17-year-old racked up 45 goals and 26 assists for 71 points in 71 regular season games, to go with a +23 rating and 100 penalty minutes. His goal-scoring total was tops on the Hitmen and sixth overall in the WHL.
Virtanen projects as a prototypical power forward, and he was rated No. 1 out of 40 players during on-ice testing at the CHL Top Prospects Game in January. He registered the top time in both the 30-metre forward sprint (3.92 seconds) and the 30-metre backward sprint (4.55 seconds).