Langley Rivermen's Marcus Vela (left) is the top-rated BCHL player according to NHL Central Scouting. Vela is eligible for the 2015 NHL entry draft.

Langley Rivermen's Marcus Vela (left) is the top-rated BCHL player according to NHL Central Scouting. Vela is eligible for the 2015 NHL entry draft.

Vela top-rated BCHLer for NHL draft

Langley Rivermen forward ranked 123rd by NHL Central Scouting for upcoming entry draft

Langley Rivermen forward Marcus Vela is the top-rated BCHL player for the NHL Central Scouting midterm player rankings.

The second-year forward from Burnaby is ranked 123rd in the most recent list released last week (Jan. 20).

There are 210 skaters and 35 goaltenders from North America on the list, including five from the BCHL.

Vela has nine goals and 30 points in 38 games.

The 17-year-old forward is committed to the University of New Hampshire for the 2016/17 season. He is eligible for this June’s NHL entry draft.