NHL’s Central Scouting may have ranked him as a C-level prospect in its early ratings, but has only served to motivate the Plymouth Whalers’ Danny Vanderwiel to prove that he’s more suited to the A-list.

“I look at is as motivation to try to step up my game and try to work my way up to a B ranking and possibly an A,” Vanderwiel explained. “It gives me motivation and drive to work every day at practice and perform in the game.

“I think personally I have the ability to play higher than a C-level skater.”

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