Whitecourt Wolverines defenceman James Vermeulen identified by NHL CSS.
On Thursday November 11th, Whitecourt Wolverines defenceman James Vermeulen was listed on the “NHL CSS Players to Watch” list. Standing at 6’2” 185 pounds, James is in his second season with the Whitecourt Wolverines and has recorded 11 points (2g, 9a) and 105 penalty minutes in 79 games played. Along with his commitment to Northern Michigan University, James was also named one of the Wolverines Assistant Captain this summer.
Four Alberta Junior Hockey League players and three alumni have been included in the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List for November 2014. The list highlights 400 prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on June 26 & 27, 2015 in Florida.
Along with James Vermeulen are rookie forward Adam Berg (Calgary Mustangs), forward Tyler Busch (Spruce Grove Saints), and forward Rhett Gardner (Okotoks Oilers).
Players are identified with an A, B, C or LV rating. A indicates a 1st round candidate, while B indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate and C indicates a 4th-6th round candidate. LV represents limited viewing. The CJHL had sixteen players identified and all were ranked with a C rating as were the AJHL alumni.
A total of 83 players have been drafted directly out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in its 51 year history.