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

Player Profile: Saige Weinstein

NAME: Saige Weinstein TEAM: NAX Academy (CSSHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10/160lbs POSITION: Defense HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 28RD SKATING: 4.25 SKILL: 4.25 SHOT: 4 SMARTS: 3 PHYSICAL: 4 STRENGTHS: Elite Skating and Transporting Up-Tempo Defending Rush Defending High Pressure Game Confidence AREAS TO IMPROVE: Blue Line Instincts Structure Game Processing NAX’s top defenseman this past season, Weinstein is an enthusiastic athletic up-tempo two-way defenseman with a high pressure defensive game and an active offensive game. Looks for … Read more

Canada U18 Camp Notes

Hockey Canada’s annual U18 Summer Camp took place on July 28th to July 30th. The summer camp contains 44 of the top under 18 talent in Canada and it is used to decide the Canadian Ivan Hlinka squad. We are starting to see a trend at these camps that players need to have a certain level of skill to get invited to them, it is no longer just required for … Read more

Future Cast: Spokane Chiefs

2019 WHL Draft Summary Backed with the philosophy of drafting pro-style players, the Chiefs once again drafted projectable players early in this years draft. Starting off there 2019 class with a 6’2 winger in Benjamin Thornton. Thornton is an intuitive forward that manipulates the offensive end with sneaky positioning and quick decision making, like wearing camouflage that the opposing teams miss to pick up on until its often too late, … Read more

Prospect Profile: Benjamin Thornton

Name: Benjamin Thornton Team: Yale Lions (CSSHL) Position: Forward Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia Height/Weight: 6’2 160lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft:  DraftGeek Rank: 32   Areas of Strength Offensive Positioning Sneaky Projectable Areas of Weakness Power Thin Defensive Positioning Report: Played his rookie season with the Yale Lions and returned this past season to produced 45 points over 30 regular season games. Thornton spent a majority of the season playing alongside … 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

WHL Draft Q + A: Benjamin Thornton

Name: Benjamin Thornton Team: Yale Lions (CSSHL) Position: Winger Height/Weight: 6’0 150lbs Hand: Left     1) Introduce yourself, describe yourself as a person and player. My name is Ben Thornton I am a left winger with the Yale Bantam Prep team in the CSSHL.  As a player I like to set my teammates up for opportunities, I like to be on the power play, I like to be a … Read more

Prospect Profile: Graham Sward

Name: Graham Sward Team: Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (BCMML) Position: Defense Date of Birth: September 12rd 2003 Hometown: Abbotsford, British Columbia Height/Weight: 6’2 165lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 17th Overall in 2018 – Spokane Chiefs (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Defensive Shutdown Pressure Assertiveness Areas of Weakness Offensive Confidence Production Consistency  Player Report: Graham Sward was our 11th ranked prospect going into the WHL Draft, he was ultimately … Read more

Prospect Profile: Owen MacNeil

Name: Owen MacNeil Team: Calgary Royals (AMHL) Position: Center Date of Birth: May 31st 2003 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’11 154lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 39th Overall in 2018 – Spokane Chiefs (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Balanced Game Poised Strength along the wall Areas of Weakness Mental Consistency Defensive Consistency East-West Game   Player Report: Captain of his Calgary Royal’s Bantam AAA team Owen MacNeil went … Read more

Spokane Chiefs Draft Review

Draft Selections: 17th Overall: Graham Sward- Yale Lions   We felt Sward would go much earlier than he did on draft day. A player who was ranked in our top ten all year long, Sward’s defensive game may have been the best in the draft. A fluid stay at home defender who plays a cautious defensive game. An excellent puck distributor who has a heavy shot from the point. Physical … Read more