Photo credits: Kyle Robinson (Rickwood), Garrett James Photography (Teleguine, Terness), Jonathan Knight Photography (Johnson), Tami Quan (Serdachny)
Last Thursday, NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. A total of 14 players with BCHL ties were named to the list, including five who played in the 2020-21 Pod Season, one alumnus who graduated from the league last year, five players who played in the Extended Training Camp Season earlier this year and another three who are committed to BCHL teams in 2021-22.
North American Skaters
#3 – Kent Johnson – F – University of Michigan (Trail Smoke Eaters)
The Port Moody, B.C. product played his freshman season at Michigan this year and did not disappoint. Johnson finished his campaign at over a point per game with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 26 contests, good enough for second in team scoring. Upon the conclusion of the season, he was named to the Big Ten’s All-Rookie Team.
In 2019-20, Johnson played for Trail and led the BCHL in scoring with 101 points in 52 games. His 41 goals and 60 assists were also tops in the league. He was awarded the Vern Dye Memorial trophy as the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player at the end of the year. Over his two seasons in the league, the 18-year-old amassed 147 points in 112 regular-season games.
Due to a late birthday, he was ineligible for last year’s draft. Johnson has a chance to match or surpass Kyle Turris as the BCHL’s highest selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Turris was selected third overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007.
#134 – Sasha Teleguine – F – Chilliwack Chiefs
Teleguine joined Chilliwack this year for his first season in the BCHL and became an impact player right away. The 18-year-old finished third in team scoring with 18 points in 20 games and led the Chiefs in assists with 14. He was recognized for his outstanding season by being unanimously voted as the Chilliwack Pod’s Top Rookie.
Prior to the 2020-21 Pod Season, Teleguine played three years at Thayer Academy, finishing up his time there last year by leading the team in scoring with 52 points in 26 games.
#144 – Ellis Rickwood – F – Victoria Grizzlies
Rickwood announced his presence in the BCHL in a big way this past season. The Brantford, Ont. native scored four goals and added an assist in his BCHL debut in April and was off to the races from there. He would go on to amass 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points, which tied him for second most in the BCHL. Rickwood also cleaned up when the Island Pod awards were announced following the season, taking home honours for Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer and Top Rookie.
Before joining the Grizzlies this year, Rickwood played the 2019-20 season with the Hamilton Kilty B’s of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) and finished second in team scoring as a 17-year-old with 62 points in 50 games. Rickwood has yet to commit to an NCAA Division I program, but given his performance in his rookie year, it is only a matter of time.
#208 – Noah Serdachny – F – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Yet another first-year BCHL player who made his mark in the pod season, Serdachny was a major standout for the Silverbacks in 2020-21. The 18-year-old led all BCHL rookies in assists with 18 and finished fourth overall in rookie scoring with 24 points, good enough for third on a high-scoring Silverbacks team who managed to average over 3.6 goals scored per game.
From 2017 to 2020, Serdachny played at the Rink Hockey Academy in Winnipeg, Man. His final season with the U18 team last year, he led his team in scoring with 60 points in 36 games. Serdachny is another player without an NCAA commitment, but with his stellar year in the BCHL, it is expected to come sooner rather than later.
#224 – Joaquim Lemay – D – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Lemay was a steady presence on the blueline for the Silverbacks this year. The 18-year-old suited up for 15 games and chipped in with 10 assists, putting him just outside the top-10 in that category among all BCHL defencemen. Lemay was recognized for his strong play by receiving multiple votes for the Vernon Pod’s Top Defenceman award at season’s end.
The native of Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Que. played the 2019-20 season with Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I. where he put up 26 points in 63 games. Lemay is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
North American Goaltenders
#25 – Logan Terness – Trail Smoke Eaters
Terness was rock solid in net for the Smoke Eaters once again in 2020-21. The 18-year-old from Burnaby, B.C. finished fifth in the BCHL with a save percentage of .925 and ninth in the league with a goals-against average of 2.76. He went 7-5-0 in 12 starts in the pod season and had two shutouts.
In 2019-20, Terness made a big splash in his debut season with the Smoke Eaters. He won the league’s Rookie of the Year award after leading all first-year goalies in save percentage, goals-against average and wins. That year, his .932 save percentage was third-best in the league and put him into the top-10 list of all-time highest percentages in a single season.
Due to his late birthday, Terness was ineligible for last year’s draft. He is committed to University of Connecticut.
There were also several players included on the list that competed in the BCHL’s Extended Training Camp season in 2020-21, but moved on to pursue other opportunities while the league was shut down from November to April.
#41 – Jack Bar – Penticton Vees
#46 – Ayrton Martino – Chilliwack Chiefs
#123 – Charles-Alexis Legault – West Kelowna Warriors
#177 – Quinn Hutson – Penticton Vees
#210 – Owen Murray – Penticton Vees
Finally, there are an additional three players on the list that have committed to BCHL teams for the 2021-22 season.
#184 – Nick Roukounakis – West Kelowna Warriors
#187 – Timothy Delay – Victoria Grizzlies
#196 – Tyler Rubin – West Kelowna Warriors