Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro of the BCHL’s Penticton Vees seem poised to join some rather rare company come the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The two dynamic talents may play different positions – Jost a forward and Fabbro a defenceman – but both are expected to be chosen within the first 30 picks at next June’s draft. If that comes to fruition they would join some rather select company as only the 3rd BCHL duo to be selected on the opening night of the draft since the process switched from an amateur draft to an entry draft in 1979. That means it's only happened twice in 37 years.
Kyle Turris (3rd) and Riley Nash (21st) both played in the BCHL and were drafted on opening night by NHL teams in 2007 while Travis Zajac (20th) and Kris Chucko (24th) had previously accomplished the feat in 2004.
Based on how things sit right now, it’s surely looking like Jost and Fabbro could join that group. Both players are currently ranked within Future Considerations’ top 20 for the 2016 NHL Draft. The same can be said regarding rankings from the likes of International Scouting Services, with NHL Central Scouting also mentioning each player on their recent 2016 Futures List.