Category «WHL Draft»

Future Cast: Winnipeg Ice

2019 WHL Draft Summary With a new city to play in, the Winnipeg Ice needed to create optimism for the new fan base. They did this by acquiring the second overall pick on top of the first overall pick they already had. Without any surprise the Ice took highly coveted superstar Matthew Savoie with the first overall pick, Matthew is currently committed to the University of Denver but if he … Read more

Future Cast: Victoria Royals

2019 WHL Draft Summary I was a big fan of the Royals draft class, they seemed to always take our highest ranked player and made our rankings look good, so thanks Victoria. Starting off there draft in the first round with structured two-way defensemen Jason Spizawka, an athletic blue liner who plays an assertive all-situations game, Jason is a local boy who is physically ready to take the next step … Read more

Future Cast: Vancouver Giants

2019 WHL Draft Summary Not selecting until around the mid-way point of the second round, the Giants took risks on a few players while also mixing in a few safe picks in there as well. They opened up there 2019 draft class with two skilled players in Joshua Niedermayer and Bowden Singleton. Joshua, son of Scott Niedermayer, is a sturdy two-way defensemen that has the tool set and mental game … Read more

Future Cast: Swift Current Broncos

2019 WHL Draft Summary I was very impressed with the philosophy implemented at this years draft by the Swift Current Broncos, taking skill, skating, and speed with there high picks before going ‘best player available’ after addressing all positions. Somehow getting two first round picks this year, the Broncos took Mathew Ward at pick 14 and Tyson Jugnauth at 21. Ward was our best ranked playmaker, an uber-skilled forward that … Read more

Future Cast: Tri-City Americans

2019 WHL Draft Summary Without a first round pick the Tri-City Americans did not select until pick 33 where they took Alberta native Rhett Melnyk with there first selection of the draft. Melnyk led the Rangers in scoring this year, an instincts driven forward who plays with some bite and charisma. They then took another Alberta forward at pick 55, Jake Sloan out of Leduc whose a big strong goal … 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: Graydon Gotaas

Name: Graydon Gotaas Team: Sherwood Park Flyers (AMBHL) Position: Defense Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’11 160lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft: 44th Overall – Prince Albert Raiders DraftGeek Rank: 27th   Areas of Strength Booming Slap Shot Compete Assertiveness Areas of Weakness Footwork Consistency Positional Discipline Report: Gotaas always seems to elevate his game when scouts are in attendance, he’s a big game player. Gotaas was physically matched up against … Read more

Prospect Profile: Samuel Huck

Name: Samuel Huck Team: Calgary Bison (AMBHL) Position: Forward Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’10 150lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 41st Overall – Regina Pats DraftGeek Rank: 184th   Areas of Strength Scoring Abilities Craftiness Offensive Instincts Areas of Weakness Physically Commanding the Play Developing Stride Report: A bit of a secondary scoring option who fell on his team’s top power play unit. Samuel Huck is a crafty offensive forward with … Read more

Future Cast: Seattle Thunderbirds

2019 WHL Draft Summary Seattle went into the draft with the 8th overall selection, where the decided on Alberta centre Jordan Gustafson with that selection. Gustafson, captain of the Fort Sask Rangers of the AMBHL, is a locked in two-way centre with sleek offensive puck control and a blistering shot while also competing hard defensively and being the first man back most of the time. But Seattle wasn’t done, they … Read more

Prospect Profile: Ross Stanley

Name: Ross Stanley Team: OHA Edmonton (CSSHL) Position: Defense Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’10 150lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft: 40th Overall – Edmonton Oil Kings DraftGeek Rank: 58th   Areas of Strength Special Teams  Defensive Reach Ability to play in Structure Areas of Weakness Offensive Transporting Consistency Assertiveness Report: Behind Keaton Dowhaniuk, Stanley was the second option on OHA Edmonton’s this past season. He scored 21 points over 29 games … Read more