Lee and Hamaliuk rated as ‘B’ prospects for 2019 NHL Draft
KENT, November 15, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds left wing Dillon Hamaliuk and defenseman Jake Lee have moved up the NHL Central Scouting Player To Watch List for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Both Hamaliuk and Lee received a ‘B’ rating from NHL Central Scouting today in the November Players To Watch List. This indicates they are both a second or third round draft candidate. They both received a ‘C’ rating in the October Players To Watch List, which indicated they were a fourth through sixth round draft candidate.
The 2019 NHL Draft takes place June 21 and June 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Hamaliuk, born October 30, 2000, was the T-Birds sixth round selection, 111th overall, in the 2015 Bantam Draft. Hamaliuk leads the T-Birds in scoring with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 16 games. Hamaliuk played for Team WHL in Game 2 of the CIBC Canada Russia Series on November 6. Last season Hamaliuk played in 72 games and had 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points. As an underage 16-year old in the 2016-17 Hamaliuk played in 17 regular season games and had one goal. Hamaliuk played in Game 1 of the 2017 WHL Championship against the Regina Pats. The T-Birds won Game 1 2-1 in overtime.
Lee, born July 13, 2001, was the T-Birds first round selection, and the 18th overall pick, in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. This season Lee has played in all 18 of the team’s games and has two goals and 13 assist for 15 points. In his rookie year last season Lee played in 64 games and had four goals and six assists for 10 points with 69 penalty minutes. As a 15-year old Lee played in Game 6 of the 2017 WHL Western Conference Final against the Kelowna Rockets. The T-Birds won Game 6 3-1 to win their second consecutive Western Conference Championship.
Lee and Hamaliuk were two of 48 players in the WHL listed by NHL Central Scouting in the November Players To Watch list.
The T-Birds next game is Friday against the Spokane Chiefs at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:05pm. They are back home at accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday at 6:05pm to play the Portland Winterhawks in a game that will be broadcast on JOEtv.
The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.