Cloverdale pair ranked among NHL prospects

Central Scouting rates Parker Wotherspoon, Tyler Soy among top 100 North American skaters.

Tyler Soy scored 28 goals for the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals this past season.

Two former Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association players currently playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) are among the top 100 North American skaters in the National Hockey League Central Scouting final rankings.

Parker Wotherspoon, currently with the Tri-City Americans, is ranked 43rd while Tyler Soy of the Victoria Royals is listed 78th.

Central Scouting ranks players eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, set for June 26-27 in Sunrise, Florida. Their final rankings were released Wednesday.

Wotherspoon, a defenceman in his second season with the Americans, was their leading scorer among defenders with nine goals and 42 points this past season. He added an assist in four playoff games, after which the Americans were eliminated in straight games by the Kelowna Rockets. His brother Tyler is currently with the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

He tallied twice and added 16 assists in his rookie season in 2013-14, and is projected to be a third-round selection in the Entry Draft.

Soy, a centre, will be playing against the Rockets this weekend in the WHL’s B.C. Division final. He scored twice and added four assists for the Royals in their first-round playoff series, in which they defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings in five games.

Soy completed his second season in the provincial capital with 28 goals and 63 points in the regular season, and was named winner of the team’s Unsung Hero award.

In his rookie season, Soy tallied 15 times and added 15 assists. He is projected to be a fifth-round selection in the draft.