Charlottetown Islanders forward Alexis Pépin has made Central Scouting Service’s preliminary prospect watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft.
The second-year player is listed as one of seven B prospects from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Pépin is list along with Sherbrooke’s Daniel Audette and Cape Breton’s Clark Bishop as B skaters. They were the top three picks in the 2012 Q draft.
The only A skater from the league is Moncton left-winger Ivan Barbashev.
A skaters are considered potential first-rounders while B skaters could go in the second or third round.
Pépin, 17, has two assists in four games this season for the Islanders. He had 18 goals, 12 assists and 78 penalty minutes in 64 games in his rookie year. He is listed by Central Scouting as a six-foot-two, 229-pound left-winger, but is playing centre early on for the Islanders.
There are seven A skaters from the Western Hockey League and 10 from the Ontario Hockey League among North American skaters.
At this point last year, Islanders defenceman Ryan Graves was a B skater while Matej Beran and Yan-Pavel Laplante were Cs.
Laplante went to Phoenix with the first pick in the third round while Graves was the 19th player selected in the fourth round by the New York Rangers.
Islanders goalie Antoine Bibeau, who was not ranked at the beginning of the season, was a sixth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs.