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Three T-Birds Listed on NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

Lee, Rybinski and Hamaliuk named on annual NHL Midterm Draft rankings

KENT, January 20, 2019 — Three Seattle Thunderbirds are listed on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings released today for the 2019 NHL Draft scheduled for June 21 and June 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Defenseman Jake Lee is ranked number 78. 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 41 games and has two goals and 17 assists for 19 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.

Lee received a ‘B’ rating from  NHL Central Scouting in the November Players To Watch List, indicating he could be a potential a second or third round NHL draft candidate.

Left wing Henrik Rybinski is ranked number 129. Rynbinski, born June 26, 2011, was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 4 for defenseman Aidan Brook, a second round pick in the 2019 Bantam Draft, and a third round pick in the 2020 Bantam Draft. In seven games with the T-Birds Rybinski has seven assists. He appeared in 14 games with the Tigers this season and had one goal and four assists for five points.

Rybinski received a ‘C’ rating from  NHL Central Scouting in the November Players To Watch List, indicating he could be a potential a fourth, fifth or sixth round NHL draft candidate.

Left wing Dillon Hamaliuk has a limited viewing rank. He is currently out for the rest of the season with a lower body injury. Hamaliuk received a ‘B’ rating from NHL Central Scouting in the November Players To Watch List, indicating he could be a potential a second or third round NHL draft candidate.

Hamaliuk, born October 30, 2000, was the T-Birds sixth round selection, 111th overall, in the 2015 Bantam Draft. Hamaliuk has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 31 games this season. Last season Hamaliuk played in 72 games and had 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points.

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All three T-Birds are part of the 48 WHL Players listed in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings.

The T-Birds next game is Tuesday against the Spokane Chiefs at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center. It’s a 2-for-Tuesday game with 2-for-1 specials on tickets and beer and $2 hot dogs, popcorn and soda.

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

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.

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