Player Profile: Brayden Yager

NAME: Brayden Yager TEAM: Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/165lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Right DRAFTGEEK RANK: 2ND SKATING: 4.5 SKILL: 4.5 SHOT: 4.5 SMARTS: 4.75 PHYSICAL: 5 STRENGTH: Elite Smarts + Offensive Instincts Structure and Execution Separation Speed Perseverance through Physicality Cycle Play + Chip Plays AREAS TO IMPROVE: Continue to Improve on Strengths Offensive Imagination REPORT: Highly touted for a long time, Brayden Yager first made a name for himself when he played as an underage … Read more

Player Profile: Riley Heidt

NAME: Riley Heidt TEAM: Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’9/160lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Left DRAFTGEEK RANKING: 3RD SKATING: 4.75 SKILL: 4.75 SHOT: 4 SMARTS: 4.5 PHYSICAL: 3.5 STRENGTH:  Exceptional Skating Abilities Defensive Support Offensive Flare Silky Hands + Release Play Processing AREAS TO IMPROVE: Takes Chances Offensively Lacks Ideal Size Body Language Shift by Shift Presence REPORT: Riley Heidt, like Brayden Yager, took a similar path to where they are now. Riley Heidt joined the Martensville … Read more

Player Profile: Connor Bedard

NAME: Connor Bedard TEAM: West Vancouver Warriors Midget Prep (CSSHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’8/165lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Right DRAFT RANKINGS: 1ST SKATING: 4.5 SKILL: 5 SHOT: 5 SMARTS: 4.75 PHYSICAL: 4.25 STRENGTHS:  Exceptional Finishing Abilities Control in Tight Spaces Dynamic Hands Offensive Awareness Agility + Acceleration AREAS TO IMPROVE: Motor without Possession Defensive Coverage/Assignments REPORT: Connor Bedard is the talk of the hockey world right now. He was recently given the first highly … Read more

WHL Draft: Alberta

This draft class out of Alberta is slightly weaker than in years previous. Alberta has been home to the first overall pick every year for the last five years with Matt Savoie, Dylan Guenther, Kaiden Guhle, Payton Krebs, and Ty Smith. However this is the province where a majority of the goaltending selections will be found. Expect to see a large amount of players go in the mid to later … Read more

WHL Draft: Saskatchewan

This is a strong group coming out of Saskatchewan this year, with the potential of seeing anywhere from four to six players selected in the first round. The obvious headliners for Saskatchewan are the two Midget kids who applied for exceptional status, but there is a strong group of defensemen as well who will all go in the top two rounds. Goaltending in Saskatchewan this year is not as good … Read more

WHL Draft: Manitoba

The 2020 WHL Draft is going to be a difficult one for the province of Manitoba. The only province in our rankings who does not present a top 15 prospect, and only have one prospect in our first round. Manitoba is expected to bounce back next season with a strong 2006 class, expectations are that 25-35 players will be selected out of the province of Manitoba this year. Top 10: … Read more

DraftGeek Staff WHL Mock Draft

With the WHL Draft quickly approaching, a number of our scouts over here at DraftGeek decided to facilitate a mock draft in preparation of the days ahead. This mock draft was based not on what we believe will be the accurate draft selections but instead on the basis of who we would take in those areas. The four participants of this mock draft are as followed: Adam Girard – @adamgirard7 … Read more

October Manitoba Update

  Provincial Top 10: Lukas Hansen – Winnipeg Warriors Tyler Parr – RHA Nationals Jayden Perron – Winnipeg Warriors Liam Saxberg – Winnipeg Warriors Kyan Grouette – Parkland Rangers Brayden Dube – Parkland Rangers Rhett Marchant – RHA Nationals Hayden Wheddon – Interlake Lightning Joey Lies – Norman Wolves Blake Jones – Winnipeg Monarchs   Blake Jones – Winnipeg Monarchs Player Report: In the first couple of viewings of this … Read more

WHL Draft Players to Watch

  A list has done annually for the past four years, DraftGeek’s players to watch list going into the season. This list consists of players that our scouts have previous recognition of going into the season. We think of this list as an identifier for this year’s class, to give a rough expectation on who some of the big name players might be and who might rise up the ranks … Read more