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WHL US Division: Spokane Chiefs Notebook: Hudson Elynuik ranked by NHL Central Scouting

The 18-year-old forward comes in at no. 122.

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Hudson Elynuik, an 18-year-old forward, is ranked no. 122 on the NHL's mid-term rankings from Central Scouting.

Elynuik, who has battled injuries in his time in Spokane but has recently had the opportunity to get more ice timewas given a "C" rating in Central Scouting's "Players to Watch" list at the beginning of the season.

The "C" rating and 122 slot puts Elynuik anywhere from rounds 4-6.

Elynuik came to Spokane two seasons ago with tremendous upside. His body is starting to round out and his injuries have held him back, but Central Scouting certainly sees the potential in him, it seems.

One notable player not on the list is Evan Fiala, the Chief's 18-year-old defenseman. Fiala played for the Florida Panthers' development camp last summer and has 13 points so far this season.

He also did this once:

In other news....

The Chiefs dropped an important game against the Portland Winterhawks last Friday, falling 3-2 despite outshooting the Hawks 39-18. The loss drops Spokane to the second wild card playoff spot. They are three points behind Portland and five points up on Tri-City.

The Chiefs hop on the bus this week for a tough game at the WHL-leading Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday. The Chiefs are at Kootenay on Friday, then home against the ice on Saturday.