EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) defenseman Gianni Fairbrother and goaltender Dustin Wolf have been listed with a “C” rating among North American Skaters and Goaltenders in the preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Vancouver, released by NHL Central Scouting today.
A total of 35 players from the Western Hockey League and 110 from the Canadian Hockey League were named on the NHL Central Scouting Service’s preliminary rankings. Players with a “C” listing are considered possible fourth, fifth, and sixth round choices in the upcoming draft. Last season, the Silvertips had three players selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, Riley Sutter (Washington), Connor Dewar (Minnesota) and Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia). A total of 18 Silvertips have advanced to play in the NHL since the organization began play in the WHL in 2003-04.
Fairbrother, who turned 18 yesterday, has suited up in all four games with the Silvertips and last season appeared in 33 games with the Silvertips with two goals and three assists along with 55 shots on goal, despite missing 36 consecutive games due to injury. He added four points (1g-3a) and a +7 rating and 27 shots on goal in 22 postseason games while helping guide the Silvertips to the Western Conference championship.
The 6-foot, 195 pound defenseman was selected by the Silvertips in the fourth round of the 2015 WHL Draft and participated in Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase in 2016.
Wolf, 17, is 2-2-0-0 with a .930 save percentage and 1.77 goals against average in four starts this season and has suited up in 24 career games with the Silvertips, going 15-8-0-0 with a .928 save percentage, goals-against-average of 2.17 and earning four shutouts in his first six career appearances. The native of Tustin, Calif. suited up in USA Hockey’s All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 19 in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of 42 players identified as one of the top U.S.-born prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft and appeared for Team USA at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, earning a shutout in his tourney debut.
As a 16-year old he was tied for third overall and led all WHL rookie goaltenders with four shutouts and earned victories in his first two starts of his career, earning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honors the week ending Oct. 29 with 82 saves in 85 shots faced, becoming the youngest goaltender (16 years, 6 months, 11 days) in Silvertips history to earn a victory since Carter Hart (16 years, 1 month, 7 days) in 2014-15.
Wolf played in nine minutes of action in the WHL Playoffs, stopping all four shots faced in his sole appearance, Game 5 of the second round against Portland. He was selected by the Silvertips in the fifth round from the 2016 WHL Draft (104th overall), previously suiting up for three seasons in the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program.
The 2019 NHL Draft will be held June 21-22, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
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