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NHL Draft Rankings: Zellweger, Holt Make the Final Grade


D Olen Zellweger, G Braden Holt of the Silvertips Listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft

EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips, eight-time U.S. Division champions and two-time Western Conference champions of the Western Hockey League, announced today that defenseman Olen Zellweger (45th, North American skaters) and goaltender Braden Holt (15th, North American goaltenders) have been listed by the National Hockey League Central Scouting final rankings ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

“It’s a great day for Olen and Braden on being recognized by NHL Central Scouting,” said Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams. “We were very grateful to have a season and to provide this kind of opportunity. We thank our owner Mr. Bill Yuill for his commitment to the 2021 season, allowing all our players the opportunity to showcase their talents to the NHL.”

The Silvertips have delivered eight players selected in the NHL Entry Draft over the last three years, including last year when three players were selected by NHL clubs:

2020 DRAFT – VIRTUAL

  • (C) Gage Goncalves – 2nd round (Tampa Bay)
  • (D) Kasper Puutio – 5th round (Florida)
  • (D) Ronan Seeley – 7th round (Carolina)

2019 DRAFT – VANCOUVER

  • (D) Gianni Fairbrother – 3rd round (Montreal)
  • (G) Dustin Wolf – 7th round (Calgary)

2018 – DALLAS

  • (LW) Connor Dewar – 3rd round (Minnesota)
  • (C) Riley Sutter – 3rd round (Washington)
  • (D) Wyatte Wylie – 5th round (Philadelphia)

A total of 20 players have suited up for the Silvertips and made their debut in the NHL.

Zellweger, who will turn 18 on Sept. 10, notched 13 points (2g-11a) in 11 games with the Silvertips en route to the U.S. Division title during the pandemic-shortened season, before departing with Team Canada for the remainder of the season where he earned a gold medal at the U18 World Championships. He tied the tournament lead for scoring among defensemen with eight points (1g-7a) in seven games.

The native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta was named to Hockey Canada’s U18 Team Selection Camp last June, as part of a group of 46 players who were set to compete for roster spots with Hockey Canada at the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, originally scheduled for August 3-8 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., before cancellation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He also competed with Team Canada in the U17 World Hockey Challenge in the 2019-20 season, where he had a pair of assists in five games.

Zellweger has 25 points (4g-21a) and a +25 rating in 70 career WHL games, all with the Silvertips.

Holt, who turns 18 on July 30, went 1-1 in two appearances this season with the Silvertips before joining the United States at the U18 World Championships. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound goaltender and native of Bozeman, Mont. earned his first career WHL shutout last season on Mar. 6, making 16 saves against Tri-City.

He went 4-2-0-0 in eight games during his rookie campaign with a .926 save percentage, 1.82 goals against average, and a shutout after making his WHL debut on Dec. 27, earning third star honors with 19 saves on 20 shots.

The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days from July 23-24, 2021.

ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL

A total of 20 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 27 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including eight over the previous three seasons, while 11 Silvertips have signed three-year, NHL entry level or AHL contracts since 2018. The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.

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