Photo: Wayne Moore / file
Kelowna Rockets forward Pavel Novak has caught the eye of the central NHL scout.
Tabor’s 17-year-old rookie in the Czech Republic was among the Top 100 North American skaters in the final standings before the NHL Entry Draft.
Novak is ranked 85th by Central Scouting.
In his first season in the Western League, Novak led the Rockets by scoring with 25 goals and 33 assists in 55 games.
His 58 points were the third among all rookies in the league.
He also led the team in goals and winning goals (five), and was tied with Nolan Foote with eight scorers.
Novak started the season in perspective C and climbed the rankings, ranking 89th among North American skaters in January.
Its current classification could see the Czech product selected in the third or fourth of the upcoming project.
The NHL draft was scheduled for late June in Montreal, however, everything was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league suspended its season a month ago. As internal talks continue on how to move forward, no firm decision has yet been made.
The project would not happen until the official end of the season in any way.