Two Swift Current Players Gain NHL Attention
Two Swift Current Broncos made the final list in the 2018 NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings released today among North American skaters and goaltenders eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. Rookie goaltender Joel Hofer is ranked seventh amongst North American goaltenders. The product of Winnipeg, MB had a steady season for the Swift Current Broncos as he posted an 8-3-1-1 in 19 appearances. The 17-year-old goaltender owned a .914 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average with one shutout. Hofer was named the Broncos' rookie of the year during their annual awards ceremony at the end of the regular season. Hofer made the roster in September after participating with the club in training camp.
Blue liner Artyom Minulin is ranked 186th on the final rankings list. Minulin was tied for first amongst Broncos rear guards in goals (13) and finished second in points (43) in 64 games played. The Russian Import also amassed an impressive plus-37 rating and netted five power play goals. The 1998-born defenceman participated at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series for the second straight season, representing Team Russia. That led to an invitation for Minulin to suit up for his native Russia at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York this past winter. Minulin was drafted by Swift Current in the first round, 29th overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.