Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Perkins and McGrath Crack NHL Central Scouting Draft Rankings

Two members of the Humboldt Broncos have caught the eye of the NHL.

The NHL Central Scouting released their Mid-Term Draft rankings in advance of the 2022 NHL Draft, and two members of the Humboldt Broncos have cracked the list.

2004-born forward Matthew Perkins and 2003-born forward Connor McGrath both were ranked in the 4th round of North American Skates in the latest addition of the rankings.

Perkins was the highest ranked SJHL player coming in at 117th overall. Meanwhile, McGrath was just behind him, ranked 128th in North America. They are two of only three SJHL players ranked, and two of 14 CJHL players to make the list.

“Its an incredible accomplishment for these two,” said Broncos Head Coach and GM, Scott Barney. “They have both worked extremely hard to put themselves in this position and in this spotlight. The sky is the limit for them if they continue work as hard as they have shown us. It’s a very exciting time for these players and the Broncos program overall. We’re really proud of them.”

McGrath has been off to an exceptional start to his SJHL career. In his first official rookie season, he leads all SJHL players in the scoring race with 55 points (19g, 35a) in just 36 games this year.

Perkins is the youngest player in the Top-10 and the only 2004-born player among the Top-50 in the SJHL scoring leaders. The 17-year-old currently has 42 points (19g, 23a) in 37 games this year with the Broncos.

The Humboldt Broncos are one of only two teams in the CJHL with multiple players making the rankings.