NHL Draft: Josh Williams

Name: Josh Williams Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) Position: Right Wing Height/Weight: 6’1 185lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 46th Estimated Draft Position: Fifth Round to Sixth Round   Areas of Strength Natural Goal Scorer Offensive Instincts Shooting Accuracy Areas of Weakness Soft Physically Lacks Puck Dominance Skating Abilities Report: We have Josh Williams ranked slightly lower than most other services do, that may stem from … Read more

NHL Draft: Ethan Leyh

Name: Ethan Leyh Team: Langley Riverman (BCHL) Position: Forward Height/Weight: 6’0 185lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 44th Estimated Draft Position: Seventh Round   Areas of Strength Ruthless Tenacity Dialled-in Engagement Elusive Quickness Areas of Weakness Physical Strength Short Fused Temper Lacks Consistency Report: Ethan Leyh is a veteran of three BCHL seasons and is in his second full season as a member of the Langley … Read more

NHL Draft: Carson Focht

Name: Carson Focht Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 6’0 179lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 49th Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite   Areas of Strength High Level Edge Work Combination of Edge’s and Skill Acceleration Areas of Weakness Physical Side Translating Game Eye’s Up Report: Not many elevated their game out of their initial draft season like Carson Focht, the Hitmen returned to Calgary … Read more

NHL Draft: Kyle Topping

Name: Kyle Topping Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’11 185lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 50th Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite   Areas of Strength Versatility Handle Speed Game Patience w/ Puck Areas of Weakness Lacks Ideal Height Individual Prowess Physical Side Report: Many expected Kyle Topping to have been drafted in the 2018 NHL Draft, but after getting passed over in his first … Read more

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