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Newhook boosting draft stock with U18 showing

IIHF photo - Alex Newhook is enjoying a fine world under-18 championship, where he led Canada in scoring in its four preliminary round games.
IIHF photo - Alex Newhook is enjoying a fine world under-18 championship, where he led Canada in scoring in its four preliminary round games. - Contributed

At a tournament filled with NHL scouts, St. John’s phenom is Canada’s leading scorer at world championship

Forward Alex Newhook of St. John’s is having an IIHF world under-18 hockey championship to remember.

Not only has Newhook helped Canada to a 4-0 record through the preliminary round in Umea, Sweden, he is Canada’s leading scorer and is boosting his stock for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft with every outing.

Tuesday, Newhook had a goal and an assist as Canada came from behind yet again to register a 6-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Newhook scored in the first period to cut the Czechs’ lead to 2-1, and assisted on Peyton Krebs’s goal in the third period, Canada’s final tally.

He has four goals and four assists in four games.

Canada finished first in Group A and will now prepare for Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Newhook, who captained the Victoria Grizzlies of the Tier II junior British Columbia Hockey League this season, is ranked 13th amongst North American skaters for the draft by NHL Central Scouting. That’s an improvement of three placings from his midterm ranking.

Newhook won the BCHL scoring title this season with 102 points in 53 games, and is set to attend Boston College next season.

He is only one of two players on the Canadian squad who didn’t play major junior hockey this season.

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