Looking Ahead To The 2020 Draft

  2020 isn’t that far away anymore, and it’s time to begin addressing the draft that will occur that year. Although most drafts end up being pretty similar in quality regardless of the hype going in, it’s difficult to deny the apparent strength of this draft. Led by Alexis Lafrenière, who’s about as good as …

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 …

Revisiting the Leafs Decision To Trade Down At The Draft

    Kyle Dubas wasn’t new to the draft, having managing it in 2015 under the title of Assistant General Manager, so we had an idea of what to expect from him as he experienced his first draft as the GM in June. Three years ago, Dubas and the Leafs traded down in the draft …

WHL Draft Players to Watch

    A list I have done annually for the past three years, my players to watch list going into the season. This list is simply prized of WHL Draft eligible players who I have previous recognition of going into this season. It will be sectioned out by province and the list is not based …

Prospect Profile: Trevor Wong

Name: Trevor Wong Team: Greater Vancouver Canadiens (BCMML) Position: Center Date of Birth: May 4th 2003 Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia Height/Weight: 5’8 138lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 18th Overall in 2018 – Kelowna Rockets (Unsigned) *Committed to University of Denver* *Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Elite Skating Abilities Instinctive Anticipation Vision at Top …

Prospect Profile: Tyler Brennen

Name: Tyler Brennen Team: RHA Nationals Midget Prep (CSSHL) Position: Goalie Date of Birth: September 27th 2003 Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba Height/Weight: 6’3 179lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 21st Overall in 2018 – Prince George Cougars (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Athleticism Size Composure Areas of Weakness Skating Puck Moving Aggressiveness Player …

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 …

Prospect Profile: Craig Armstrong

Name: Craig Armstrong Team: Edge Midget Prep (CSSHL) Position: Winger Date of Birth: June 5th 2003 Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’8 161lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 9th Overall in 2018 – Prince George Cougars (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft* Areas Of Strength Speed Compete Tenacity Areas Of Weakness East-West Game Puck Distributing at Top …

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 …

Prospect Profile: Jake Neighbours

Name: Jake Neighbours Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) Position: Left Wing Date of Birth: March 29th 2002 Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’11 201lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 4th Overall in 2017 – Edmonton Oil Kings (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft* Player Report: Possibly the most improved since his WHL Draft year, Jake Neighbours was our …