NHL Draft: Reece Newkirk

Name: Reece Newkirk Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’11 172lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: 22nd Estimated Draft Position: Third Round to Fourth Round   Areas of Strength: Driving the net Forechecking/Puck retrieval Plays with an edge Areas of Weakness: Strength on the puck Staying out of the box Top end speed   Report: Reece Newkirk is one of the top rising 2019 NHL … Read more

NHL Draft: John Ludvig

Name: John Ludvig Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 6’0” 196lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: Unranked Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite   Areas of Strength: Shot Blocking Defensive Zone Coverage Penalty Killing Areas of Weakness: Offensive Zone Improvement Physicality Leading to Penalties Foot Speed Report: In 2016 John Ludvig was playing in Junior B in Kamloops, Brittish Columbia after being passed over in the … Read more

NHL Draft: Clay Hanus

Name: Clay Hanus Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 5’10” 170lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: 48th Estimated Draft Position: Sixth Round to Seventh Round   Areas of Strength: Good First Pass Heavy Shot Agility and Edge Work Areas of Weakness: Getting Shot on Net Top End Speed Offensive Consistency Report: A smooth-skating, left-shot defensemen that continues to trend in the right direction. After suffering … Read more

Dante Giannuzzi shines in two games at CSSHL Championships

Signed Portland Winterhawks goalie Dante Giannuzzi played two games at the CSSHL Championships on Thursday and Friday. The 2002-born Manitoba native is playing for Rink Hockey Academy (RHA) in the Midget Prep Division. RHA played against the top two Midget prep teams, Burnaby and Shawnigan, and emerged with two victories. In two games Giannuzzi stopped 74 of 77 shots which included a 32-save shutout on second seed Shawinigan. On Thursday, against … Read more

Max Burkholder Q+A and Prospect Profile

Name: Max Burkholder Team: Chaska-Chanhassen Bantam AA Position: Defense Date of Birth: 8/8/2003 Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota Height/Weight: 5’7” 160 pounds Hand: Right 2018-2019 Stats as of 12/30/2018: 30 Games played, 11 Goals, 49 Assists, 60 Points Eligible for 2021 NHL Draft Scout’s Perspective: Max Burkholder is a smooth skating two-way defenseman, who despite his smaller size, is not afraid to play the body. The 15-year-old Chaska, Minnesota native is currently … Read more

Game Report: Dec 2 – Kootenay Ice at Portland Winterhawks – Highlighting Peyton Krebs

My quick thoughts on a few of the 2000 and 2001 born NHL Draft Eligible Players’ performance from Sunday night.  Portland Winterhawks: #7 Michal Kvasnica As the season progresses I’ve been able to notice how Kvasnica continues to adapt to the North American style of play. He is working towards the center of the ice more and more. There were multiple rebounds available, and as he recognizes where the rebounds … Read more

Game Report: Dec 1 – Spokane Chiefs at Portland Winterhawks

My quick thoughts on a few of the 2000 and 2001 born NHL Draft Eligible Players’ performance on Saturday night. Portland Winterhawks: #3 Nick Perna I felt Saturday was Perna’s best game as a WHL player; his first multi-point night. His first assist came after he kept the puck alive at the offensive blue line. He tracked the play, showed poise as a defender quickly closed on him, and fired … Read more

Game Report: Nov 25 – Everett Silvertips at Portland Winterhawks

Game Report: Nov 25 – Everett Silvertips at Portland Winterhawks My quick thoughts on the 2000 and 2001 born NHL Draft Eligible Players’ performance on Sunday night: Everett Silvertips Forwards: #7 Martin Fasko-Rudas – Opened the scoring by taking a pass at the top of the circles and drove to the net. He used his body well to protect the puck, then his speed and reach to get around Shane … Read more

Portland Winterhawks Training Camp

  Last week I attended the Winterhawks Training Camp, locally known as the Neely Cup. I spent the majority of time focusing on the 2002 and 2003 players along with a few other roster hopefuls. Overall, I feel the camp was a success and players had the opportunity to showcase their skills and also overcome adversity they may have faced earlier in the week. There were several young players who … Read more