Name: Kevin Wall
Team: Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Date of Birth: February 1, 2000
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y. USA
Height/Weight: 6’0, 194 lbs
USHLEntry Draft: #42 overall by Madison Capitals in 2016 (unsigned)
OHL Entry Draft: #178 overall by Mississauga Steelheads in 2016 (unsigned)
College Commitment: Penn State University for 2019/20
Eligible for 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Areas of Strength:
- Offensive timing
- Shooters mentality
Areas of Weakness:
- Attention to detail defensively
Scouting Report: Being in his first season in the BCHL hasn’t stopped Kevin Wall from being an impact player within the Mainland Division and league as a whole. An eighth place finish in the scoring race garnered him league wide consideration in being named the divisional nominee for both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, while helping his Chilliwack Chiefs to the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Before signing on with the Chiefs Wall was a point per game player over two seasons at Salisbury School, an all boys prep school in Salisbury, Conneticut, which has seen a consistent pipeline of players directed to the storied BCHL franchise in recent years. Originally slated to join Merrimack College, Wall reneged on that prior decision and instead opted for the chance to join the Nitanny Lions at Penn State University for the 2019/20 campaign. An interesting aside, Wall participated in the prestigious Quebec International Peewee Tournament with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in 2012/13 and compiled 1G,3A in 4 games.
A right handed right winger, Kevin Wall is an offensively focused player in his draft plus one season who has gained a fair amount of exposure playing at an accomplished organization and has the potential to sneak into the later rounds of this years NHL Entry Draft. A farily strong straight line skater, Wall has a bow-legged stride and while he puts good effort into it he lacks a truly explosive aspect to his skating. Very solid on his edges and in puck protect situations, getting it to his backhand and shielding it with his ample frame. Is blessed with a heavy snapshot, quick release and a shooters mentality. He is able to use his high level of offensive awareness to get himself into shooting position often. Wall plays a predominently supportive role, backing up his teammates and working the play to soft areas with an eye towards launching shot towards the net. Wall is also a featured player on the his teams first powerplay unit, playing the point and generating a good amount of zone entries through their neutral zone dropback approach to powerplay break ins. Has a very solid recognition of when to push the pace offensively and when to slow things down. Is a capable puck distributor which at times gets over shadowed dues to his deadly shot. His puck handling abilities are also very capable, being able to beat defenders one on one on occasion, but is more likely to attempt to gain positioning with his mature frame and by driving wide.
Wall has a strong hockey awareness in general, but his attention to detail on the defensive side of the puck is a work in progress as he can start to wander positionally in his own zone at times. He’s not known to shy away from physical play and can at times even become too focused on personal battles on the ice. Wall has good lateral mobility but doesn’t facilitate many individual zone entries at even strength, likely due to a lack of quickness in his skating. A possible absence of dynamism in his game will need to be worked out during his time at Penn State in order to have a shot at an NHL career, but his base package of skills and offensive pedigree along with a guaranteed four more years of development could present an intruiging option for a team trying to hit a late round home run. In any event, Wall will join a top 20 NCAA squad for the upcoming season where he will hope to see his developmental curve continue at an upward trajectory.