Four Western Hockey League players who received A ratings in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft will skate for Team WHL against Team Russia in a pair of Subway Super Series games.
2012 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1: Nov. 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, Que.
Game 2: Nov. 7 at Val-d’Or, Que.
Game 3: Nov. 8 at Guelph, Ont.
Game 4: Nov. 12 at Sarnia, Ont.
Game 5: Nov. 14 at Vancouver, B.C.
Game 6: Nov. 15 at Victoria, B.C..
Forwards Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ryan Pulock and Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie will skate in games to be played Nov. 14 in Vancouver and Nov. 15 in Victoria, British Columbia. Lazar and Comrie will play in both games; Shinkaruk and Pulock will play in the game in Vancouver.
Lazar, a 5-foot-11.75, 193-pound center, has eight goals and three assists in 13 games, after leading all WHL rookies in scoring in the Oil Kings' run to the Memorial Cup last season.
"I really like his speed, he has a real nose for the net," Central Scouting's B.J. MacDonald told NHL.com. "His skill set is good. I like to say about some of these players that are A players: You watch them play and they get it. He gets it. He gets the game and knows how to filter through it all."
Shinkaruk has 13 points in 14 games after finishing second on the team last season with 49 goals and 91 points. He's got less talent around him in Medicine Hat this season, but scouts have been impressed.
"He's a talented kid," MacDonald said. "No one can give-and-go and go to the net better than he does. He's got a great understanding of the game. He's going to develop his character this year because every team they play against is going to key on him."