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Draft Preview: Jordy Bellerive, Shooting to Hear his Name Called

In our second of three installments of Lethbridge Hurricanes draft preview, we turn our focus to Jordy Bellerive who is hoping to hear his named called at the National Hockey League Entry Draft in Chicago this weekend.

The North Vancouver, BC product was originally selected by the Hurricanes second overall in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft only behind Stelio Mattheos who was taken by the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Bellerive has impressed in his first two seasons with the Hurricanes. In his first season with the ‘Canes in 2015-2016, the forward finished with 36 points (11g-25a) along with 75 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. His 36 points that season ranked him second in 16-year-old scoring only behind his childhood friend Michael Rasmussen who finished with 43 points with the Tri-City Americans.

The 5’10”, 194-pound Bellerive had a nice sophomore season finishing the 2016-2017 regular season with a career-high 56 points (27g-29a) with 86 penalty minutes. His 27 goals finished him fourth in team goal scoring behind Tyler Wong (51), Zak Zborosky (41) and Giorgio Estephan (35) while his 56 points finished him sixth in team scoring.

Bellerive, who is the younger brother of former WHL forward Matt Bellerive, added an additional 14 points (7g-7a) with 22 penalty minutes in the Hurricanes 20 post-season games helping the team to an Eastern Conference Championship Series. Of his 14 points, five of them (2g-3a) came in the ‘Canes two Game-7’s.

Bellerive has also represented Canada having appeared at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament in Slovakia. Bellerive appeared in four games with U-18 team. He also represented Canada-Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where his scored four points (2g-2a) in six games.

Bellerive finished the season coming in at #82 among North American skaters on the NHL’s Central Scouting Service’s Final Rankings in April – a nine spot climb from his previous #91 ranking on the Midterm Rankings.

The last ten players who were ranked 82nd on the NHL CSS Final Rankings include:

YEAR

PLAYER

DRAFT STATUS

2016

Jakob Stukel

VAN Rnd 6, #154

2015

Chaz Reddekopp

LAK Rnd 7, #187

2014

Dysin Mayo

ARZ Rnd 5, #133

2013

Curtis Valk

Not Drafted

2012

Adam Johnson

Not Drafted

2011

Michael Curtis

Not Drafted

2010

Jared Knight

BOS Rnd 2, #32

2009

Nick Oliver

NAS Rnd 4, #110

2008

Marco Scandella

MIN Rnd 2, #55

2007

Arron Alphonso

Not Drafted

 

Of those ten players, the player that has had the biggest impact on the NHL is Marco Scandella. The rearguard has played 373 games in the NHL, all with the Minnesota Wild.

The likelihood of Bellerive being taken in the second round of the draft like Scandella or Knight is probably unlikely. However, if a team was to take a “flyer” on him in rounds 5-7 it will prove to be a good selection.

NOTES:

Bellerive is also ranked by other sources:
#82 by NHL Central Scouting
#117 by McKeen’s Hockey
#126 by Future Considerations
#163 by Hockeyprospect.com
#166 by ISS Hockey

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