Lee and Hamaliuk Named to NHL Central Scouting Players To Watch List

Lee and Hamaliuk receive ‘C’ rating from NHL Central Scouting

KENT, October 1, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Jake Lee and left wing Dillon Hamaliuk have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in the October Players To Watch List for the 2019 NHL Draft.

The 2019 NHL Draft takes place June 21 and June 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Both Lee and Hamaliuk received a ‘C’ rating from NHL Central Scouting which indicates they are a fourth through sixth round candidate for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Hamaliuk, born October 30, 2000, was the T-Birds sixth round selection, 111th overall, in the 2015 Bantam Draft. Three games into this season Hamaliuk leads the T-Birds in scoring with three goals and three assists for six points. 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 the team’s first three regular season games and has an assist. 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 35 players in the WHL and 110 players in the CHL listed by NHL Central Scouting in the October Players To Watch list.

The T-Birds next game is Friday at Angel of the Winds Arena against the Everett Silvertips at 7:35pm. The next home game is Saturday against the Kelowna Rockets at 6:05pm.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for 2018-19 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

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