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Conner Roulette, Lucas Ciona, and Kai Uchacz Named To NHL Central Scouting Players To Watch List

Roulette receives an ‘A’ rating; Ciona and Uchacz receive ‘C’ ratings

KENT, October 27, 2020 — Seattle Thunderbirds forwards Conner Roulette, Lucas Ciona, and Kai Uchacz have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in the preliminary Players To Watch List for the 2021 NHL Draft released this morning.

“We are very excited for the group of players that have been identified by NHL Central Scouting,” said general manager Bil La Forge. “We believe that these are three of the potential T-Birds who could be selected in the next NHL Draft. We also feel strongly that we will have other players identified by Central Scouting and NHL teams as the season plays out.”

“Our coaches and Development program as a whole has done a tremendous job preparing all of our players for this season and future seasons,” continued La Forge.

Roulette received an ‘A’ rating from NHL Central Scouting which indicates he is a first-round candidate for the 2021 NHL Draft.

Conner Roulette on the ice during a game at accesso ShoWare Center during the 2019-20 season.
Conner Roulette on the ice during a game at accesso ShoWare Center during the 2019-20 season.

Roulette, born May 13, 2003, was third on the team in scoring in his rookie season last year. He had 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 54 games. In November Roulette represented Canada as a member of Team Canada Red at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. Roulette had two goals in for games for Team Red, which finished in fifth place at the tournament. Roulette was originally selected by the T-Birds in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2018 Bantam Draft.

Ciona and Uchacz each received a ‘C’ rating from NHL Central Scouting which indicates they are fourth, fifth, or sixth round candidates for the 2021 NHL Draft.

Lucas Ciona on the ice during a game at accesso ShoWare Center during the 2019-20 season.
Lucas Ciona on the ice during a game at accesso ShoWare Center during the 2019-20 season.

Ciona, born January 8, 2003, played in 53 games in his rookie season last year and had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points. Ciona was originally selected by the T-Birds in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2018 Bantam Draft.

Uchacz, born June 24, 2003, had two goals and six assist for eight points in 52 games in his rookie season last year. Uchacz was a member of Team Canada Black at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November in Medicine Hat and Swift Current. He played five games for Team Black but did not register a point. Uchacz was originally selected by the T-Birds in the first round, 10th overall, in the 2018 Bantam Draft.

Kai Uchacz on the ice during a game at accesso ShoWare Center during the 2019-20 season.
Kai Uchacz on the ice during a game at accesso ShoWare Center during the 2019-20 season.

NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List

Roulette, Ciona, and Uchacz are three of 36 players in the WHL and 113 players in the CHL listed by NHL Central Scouting on the Players To Watch List.

The Players To Watch List is Central Scouting’s compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. The list is updated throughout the season while scouts travel to evaluate the players live.

The Western Hockey League has announced the Regular Season is scheduled to open on Friday, January 8, 2021.

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