Surrey native Ty Westgard of the WHL’s Victoria Royals is one of three local players listed in the NHL Central Scouting midseason rankings.

Surrey native Ty Westgard of the WHL’s Victoria Royals is one of three local players listed in the NHL Central Scouting midseason rankings.

Three noticed by NHL scouting

Local players listed as prospects for next summer’s entry draft

Three local hockey players have been listed in the NHL (National Hockey League) Central Scouting midterm rankings.

Jakub Stukel of the Calgary Hitmen was ranked 113th, teammate Beck Malenstyn was slotted 124th, while Ty Westgard of the Victoria Royals was listed at 176th.

All three are forwards and play in the Western hockey League (WHL).

Stukel has 24 goals and 36 assists in 44 games this season. The Surrey native began the year with the Vancouver Giants, but was traded to the Hitmen in late October after scoring twice in 10 games with Vancouver.

Malenstyn, from Delta, has five goals and 20 points in 44 games.

Westgard, from Surrey, began the season with the Surrey Eagles of the B.C. Hockey League, but made the jump to the Royals in mid- December. He has played 12 games with Victoria, and has a pair of assists.