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DeGrazia still ranked highly by NHL Central Scouting

Eighteen-year-old centre considered a second- or third-round pick, according to league rankings.
Nicholas DeGrazia
Nicholas DeGrazia of the Thunder Bay Kings chases after the puck against the Fort Frances Canadians on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the All Ontario Bantam AAA Championship at Fort WIlliam Gardens (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – Hockey may be on hold, but Thunder Bay’s Nicholas DeGrazia looks like he’s headed for a pretty good year.

The Rayside-Balfour Canadians centre was given a ‘B’ grade in the National Hockey League Central Scouting Bureau’s mid-season players to watch report, one of nine players skating with a Canadian Junior Hockey league club to receive a mark.

The rating pencils DeGrazia in a s a possible second- or third-round choice.

The 6-foot-1 18-year-old is a graduate of the Thunder Bay Kings program and had seven goals and 15 points with the Canadians before play was halted in 2020-21.

He had 61 points in 46 games last season, adding a goal and an assist in four appearances with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves.

Corson Ceulemens, a defenceman with the Brooks Bandits, was the lone CJHL player to receive an ‘A’ rating, making him a potential first-round pick.

Ty Mueller (Sherwood Park), Alex Teleguine (Chilliwack), Finlay Williams (Penticton), Ryan Gillespie (Brockville), Nolan Dann (Georgetown), Declan Ride (Oakville) and Lucas Strickland (Stouffville) all received C grades, suggesting they could hear their name called in the fourth- to sixth-round range.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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