Pistons rookie Clark rises in final NHL draft ranking


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Steinbach Pistons rookie defenseman Warren Clark continues to rack up accolades.

The Riverside, Ont., native earned a ranking on NHL Central Scouting’s final 2023 draft prospect rankings. His 169th spot among North American skaters is an improvement from a mid-term ranking of 182.

The defender racked up six goals and 38 points while playing in 55 games this season. Standing at 6’3, and 195 pounds, Clark was a standout on the back end for Steinbach this year, looking comfortable playing in all three zones and showing good instincts on the powerplay.

Steinbach Pistons rookie defenseman Warren Clark has continued his strong play from the regular season into the Manitoba Junior Hockey League finals against Virden. Clark was ranked 169th on the NHL Central Scouting final player rankings for North American skaters, the only player from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League to be named to the list. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

He is the only Manitoba Junior Hockey League player to make the final rankings. Only 12 players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) made the list.

Clark has already announced his commitment to play NCAA hockey at St Cloud State University, where he could join former Piston Jack Rogers, who completed his freshman season this year.

Five Manitobans also made the final rankings, including Carson Bjarnason, the Brandon Wheat Kings product from Carberry. Bjarnason is the top ranked North American goalie.

Carter Sotheran from Sanford, who now plays defense for the Portland Winterhawks, also made the list of North American skaters, ranked 71st.

Forward Jayden Perron (43) and defensemen Sam Court (192) and Hudson Thornton (206) from Winnipeg also were named to the final rankings.

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