2020 WHL Draft First Round Recap: Part 1

Regina Pats – Connor Bedard As we all know by now, Connor Bedard was given exceptional status by Hockey Canada making him the first WHLer to receive it. With that being said, it was inevitable that the Regina Pats would take him first overall. After being selected by the Pats, Bedard became the first player from the West Warriors program to be selected first overall. Bedard graded extremely high in … Read more

Player Profile: Graysen Burzynski

NAME: Grayson Burzynski TEAM: Winnipeg Monarchs (MBAAA) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’2/202lbs POSITION: Defense HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 84TH SKATING: 3.25 SKILL: 3.25 SHOT: 3.75 SMARTS: 3.5 PHYSICAL: 4.25   A big mobile defenseman who posted 58 points this season from the back end, Grayson Burzynski has a huge frame and is a solid defender when playing within his limitations. He reminds our scouting crew physically of last year’s captain Jason Ruff (1st Round MJHL pick) but doesn’t … Read more

Player Profile: Scott Ratzlaff

NAME: Scott Ratzlaff TEAM: Lloydminster Bobcats (AMBHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/147lbs POSITION: Goalie HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 3RD ATHLETIC: 4 REFLEX: 4 POSITION: 4 SMARTS: 4 MOBILITY: 4   The AMBHL North Goalie of the year. In terms of aggressive netminding, Scott Ratzlaff is the definition of an aggressive high presence goalie. Ratzlaff’s technical abilities are so smoothed and polished, he makes the stops effortlessly. A competitive butterfly style goalie who likes to play the puck when the … Read more

Player Profile: Rylan Gould

NAME: Rylan Gould TEAM: Winnipeg Monarchs (MBAAA) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’7/152lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 57TH SKATING: 4 SKILL: 4 SHOT: 4 SMARTS: 4 PHYSICAL: 3.5   Rylan Gould was one of the top players coming out of Manitoba, he produced 86 points this past season and was fifth in league scoring. An excellent all-around player who plays both ends of the ice, shows offensive flashes and has a decent sized frame.  Continued to show … Read more

Player Profile: Matthew Wood

NAME: Matthew Wood TEAM: West Vancouver Warriors (CSSHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/155lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Right DRAFT RANKINGS: 8TH SKATING: 3.75 SKILL: 4.75 SHOT: 4.5 SMARTS: 5 PHYSICAL: 4.5   In most game we saw this season, Matthew Wood had the biggest presence of all the West Van forwards including Grayden Slipec. Wood is a dynamic two-way player who has a similar kind of attacking strategy to Nate Danielson from last year. Fearless at … Read more

Player Profile: Kooper Gizowski

NAME: Kooper Gizowski TEAM: NAX Academy(CSSHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’9/165lbs POSITION: Forward HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 16TH SKATING: 3.5 SKILL: 4.75 SHOT: 4.75 SMARTS: 4 PHYSICAL: 3.75   Last season Kooper Gizowski was noticeably one of the best 2005 players in the province of Alberta, and he still is up there, however the projected top ten pick is more likely now to fall outside the top 15. Kooper Gizowski is a dynamic one-dimensional offensive threat who can … Read more

Prospect Profile: Josh Van Mulligen

NAME: Josh Van Mulligen TEAM: Medicine Hat Tigers (AMBHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/169lbs POSITION: Defense HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 41ST SKATING: 4 SKILL: 3.75 SHOT: 4 SMARTS: 4.25 PHYSICAL: 4   With Dawson Seitz missing much of the season due to injuries it was up to returning defenseman Josh Van Mulligen to set the example for his team mates. Van Mulligen posted 27 points this past season, second amongst defenseman in the AMBHL. Van Mulligen is a … Read more

Prospect Profile: Noah Chadwick

NAME: Noah Chadwick TEAM: Saskatoon Stallions HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/150lbs POSITION: Defense HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 37TH SKATING: 4.25 SKILL: 3.5 SHOT: 3.5 SMARTS: 3.75 PHYSICAL: 4.25   Chadwick may have struggled with some injuries this year, but that did not hold him back from producing at two points per game ratio. He also got the call up to Midget hockey where he produced two points in three games. Chadwick is a very sound defender who takes … Read more

Player Profile: Harrison Lodewyk

NAME: Harrison Lodewyk TEAM: Red Deer Rebels (AMBHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’11/15lbs POSITION: Forward HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 43RD SKATING: 4.5 SKILL: 4.25 SHOT: 4 SMARTS: 3.5 PHYSICAL: 4   There is a reason why Harrison Lodewyk was named captain of the Red Deer Rebels this past season over other returning forwards, this kid has the ‘it’ factor and high character off the ice. Lodewyk is an enthusiastic two-way center that possesses separation level speed and a … Read more