HANOVER, N.H. - The 2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft is still nine months away, but that doesn't mean there is no news on that front coming from league offices.
Wednesday afternoon saw the release of NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of players to watch in both North America and Europe. Featured on the list of North American players is Dartmouth men's hockey incoming freshman Nick Bligh (Milton, Mass.).
The list is comprised of players from the major junior leagues across the continent, high schools and colleges that are eligible for the upcoming draft entering the 2012-13 season. Once completed the list is sent to NHL team scouts for the purpose of tracking those top prospects throughout the course of the year.
Bligh played his junior hockey with South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) after playing at Milton High School and the Dexter School in Brookline, Mass.
In just one season of juniors (43 games), Bligh scored 22 goals and had 63 assists for 85 points. In two seasons at the Dexter School (55 games) he had 112 points on 47 goals and 65 assists.
Earlier this summer, Bligh attended the Winnipeg Jets Development Camp.
The lone ECAC Hockey representative, Bligh is one of just 10 student-athletes from the ranks of the NCAA to make Central Scouting's preliminary list.