CALGARY, AB (May 5, 2022) – The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings Thursday as a run-up to the 2022 NHL Draft and Brooks Bandits defenceman Zach Bookman is ranked 163rd amongst North American skaters.
Bookman, 20, is in his second year with the Bandits and finished with 102 points (21g, 81a) in 60 games during the regular season. Through 9 playoff games, he’s tallied 10 points (2g, 8a).
The Syracuse, NY product set three League Records in his final games of the regular season and finished third overall in the AJHL Scoring Race. The Merrimack College commit led all AJHL defencemen and rookies in scoring, setting new AJHL Records for most points by a defenceman (102), most assists by a defenceman (81) and most assists by a rookie (81). He was named to the A
He was recognized twice as the Inter Pipeline AJHL Rookie of the Week and four times as the Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week. Bookman (Syracuse, NY) was also a finalist for AJHL Rookie of the Year and won the team award as Top Defenceman.
He was named to the AJHL South All-Rookie Team and AJHL South All-League Team.
The 2022 NHL Draft is slated for July 7-8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.