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67’s Rohrer, Stonehouse Crack Final NHL Draft Rankings

NHL Central Scouting has released their final rankings ahead of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, and a pair of Ottawa 67’s forwards have been recognized among the top North American skaters.

Ottawa’s leading scorer during the 2021-22 campaign, Vinzenz Rohrer, finds himself going into the draft at number 42, while the fiery Brady Stonehouse comes in at number 152.

A native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rohrer was selected in the first round, 27th overall, by the 67’s in the 2021 CHL Import Draft. He joined the team for the beginning of the season, and got off to a hot start, scoring his first Ontario Hockey League goal in just his third game. Powered by a strong second half, Rohrer ended the season as the Barber Poles goals, and points leader, scoring 25 goals and 23 assists, for 48 points in 64 games.

In the postseason, Rohrer finished tied for the team lead in points, scoring a goal and three assists through four games.

The 17 year-old was also named to represent Austria at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship, tallying an assist through two games at the December tournament.

Stonehouse, 17, hails from Blenheim, Ontario. He was drafted in the second round, 26th overall, by Ottawa in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, and debuted this season, following the cancelled 2020-21 campaign. Stonehouse finished the year as the only member of the 67’s to suit up in all 68 games with the team, scoring 18 goals and 17 assists, for 35 points, as well as leading the Barber Poles with 159 shots on goal. The feisty forward also kept his team on the advantage, drawing 53 penalties on the year.

Stonehouse scored his first career playoff goal in Game 2 vs the North Bay Battalion, this spring.

The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is set to take place July 7-8, from the Bell Centre in Montreal. It will be the first in-person draft since 2019, in Vancouver. The 67’s have seen players drafted to the NHL for 18 consecutive years, most recently with Jack Matier (Nashville Predators), and Jack Beck (Calgary Flames), in 2021.

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