Richmond hockey player on NHL draft watch list

Lukas Dragicevic was on the list of B-rated skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft.

Richmond’s Lukas Dragicevic is one of the players to watch for the 2023 NHL Draft according to NHL Central Scouting.

According to a press release, the six-foot-two right-handed defenseman Dragicevic is listed as a B-rated skater in the preliminary rankings, indicating he is a potential second- or third-round selection for the NHL just below ranked skaters. HAS. .

Dragicevic, who plays for the Tri-City Americans, is currently in his second full season in the Western Hockey League (WHL). It was drafted fourth overall by the Americans in 2020 after scoring 52 points (8-44-52) with U15 team Delta Hockey Academy Green, where he was briefly trained by his father.

In his first full-time WHL season in 2021-22, Dragicevic scored 32 points (6-26-32) in 62 games and was the highest-scoring 2005-born defenseman. He is currently tied with Mazden Leslie of Vancouver for the 2005-born defenseman leading the scoring with 11 points in his first ten games of the 2022-23 season.

Dragicevic was also one of four 2005-born defensemen on Hockey Canada’s roster for the World Under-18 Hockey Championship, where he scored three points (1-2-3) in four games.

Catherine J. Martinez