The Western Hockey League led the way with seven first round selections on Friday night led by Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings going 2nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Every year following the NHL Draft, analysts from all around the globe break down the draft and critique why a specific player was taken, which player wasn't taken, why the Red Wings drafted a goalie, why the Panthers didn't draft a goalie, and so on.
When the Los Angeles Kings stepped up to the podium to make the 41st overall selection in the NHL Draft, Calgary native Jaret Anderson-Dolan was sitting in the stands with his family and had a feeling he was about to hear his name called.
It wasn't until a breakout game in the World Jr. A Challenge this past December that scouts had the chance to see what Calgary native and Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar was all about.
Henri Jokiharju is a steady stay at home defenceman who is developing an offensive side to his game as he adjusts to the North American ice.
Morgan Frost is the definition of a hard-working puck hungry forward who has an unselfish pass-first mentality. Has quick hands and can maneuver in real tight spots.
Real athletic defenceman who can move the puck well out of his zone with a good first pass. Can read the play well and follow up his passes getting into good position in the offensive zone.
Perhaps, the best playmaker in the draft, undersized Yamamoto is an ultra-skilled winger who can make plays develop out of nothing and always knows where his linemates are.
Robert Thomas is another name to remember coming out of the Knights program. He is a smooth playmaking Centre who has good speed and a real soft touch with the puck. Always thinking pass first and has tripled his point production from last season.
JuusoValimaki was new to the WHL and the Americans last season and managed to put up seven goals and 32 points in 56 games. His leadership is quite noticeable on the ice as he communicates well and shows emotion at both ends of the ice.
Son of NHL defenceman Adam Foote, Callan Foote is yet another talented defenceman ready to come out of the Kelowna Rockets system. Foote raised many eyebrows in his underage season not only for his defensive play, but his offensive skills as well by posting 36 points in 71 games.
Nick Suzuki is a legitimate scoring threat every time he sets foot on the ice. Tremendous puck handler who does a great job of keeping control of the puck while flying at top speed.
Gabriel Vilardi has established himself as a workhorse who is ultra-competitive in the offensive zone. He has deceptive speed and an easy long stride to stay ahead of the defenceman.
A real competitor who has many above average aspects and skills to his game, Owen Tippett’s most highly rated skill is his ability to shoot the puck. One of the hardest shooters in the draft with a lightning quick release, he doesn’t always the accuracy behind his shot.
Ultra-competitive Michael Rasmussen is a high intensity, skilled power forward who has shown flashes of a potential top 10 pick this season. He has a great combination of power and skill.
Cody Glass is a competitor and enjoyed a huge growth spurt since the end of last season which saw him grow two inches and put on nearly 25 pounds. It has showed as he is among the league leaders in the WHL.
Cale Makar has really started to turn heads with his offensive capability. Likes to skate the puck deep into the offensive zone and create offence. Possesses a real heavy, hard wrist and likes to shoot often from between the circles
Highly touted prospect Nico Hischier was one of the best at the recent Ivan Hlinka tournament. He is a very creative and effective centreman who has very good hockey sense and has the potential to be a deadly power play playmaker.
Nolan Patrick is ready to suit up in his third full season in Brandon after coming off a 102-point season in his sophomore campaign. Patrick’s elite hockey sense mixed with his goal scoring and skating ability make him a dynamic threat in the offensive zone.
HockeyNow is live at the NHL Draft in Chicago. Keep up to date with the Draft Buzz around the United Center all weekend with coverage from HockeyNow correspondent Marshall Mackinder.
While many young NHL prospects will hear their names called this weekend in Chicago for the NHL Draft, there will also be those players who will not hear their name called.
The Penticton Vees went the seven-game maximum in each of their playoff series on route to the Fred Page Cup Championship by defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs in Game 7 Tuesday night by a score of 1-0.
The stage is set for the 2017 Fred Page Cup Finals opening Friday night in Chilliwack as the host Chiefs are set to take on the Penticton Vees.
The 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award have been revealed and Coquitlam Express alum Alex Kerfoot remains in the hunt for the top individual prize in NCAA hockey.
If the current run the Coquitlam Midget AAA Chiefs are on is a dream, they’d prefer not to wake up. After going undefeated in the regular season and only losing once in the final four, the Chiefs find themselves in Provincial Championships looking to capture their third Provincial banner and complete an unforgettable season putting the season accomplishments into elite status.
Round 2 of the BC Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs will begin on Friday without the defending champion West Kelowna Warriors.
As the BCHL Playoffs commenced this weekend, the annual BCHL Awards were handed out on Thursday and only in their second season in the BCHL, the Wenatchee Wild took home the most hardware.
Once the calendar turns to March, most Minor Hockey Leagues are preparing for their League Tournaments. In British Columbia, Provincial tournaments are beginning mid-March and wrapping up in the final weekend of March. For the Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association, hosting a Provincial Tournament is a long time coming.
The BCHL regular season wrapped up on Sunday and the playoff matchups are finalized. Each series will begin at the home of the higher seeded team and all playoff series are a best of seven format.
Another BCHL season has passed with the Surrey Eagles missing the playoffs for a second straight year. The Eagles were able to double their win record this year, however, with 18 compared to their nine last season.
For every successful sports team there is a point in the season that helps push them to their max and realize their potential. For Coquitlam Chiefs Midget A1 Head Coach Mischa Polzin, the turning point for this season may have been the end of the 2015-16 season.
The BCHL season has reached the stretch drive as the regular season draws to a close on February 26th, and the playoff picture looks a little less foggy with only two playoff spots left to be claimed.
All female hockey players between the ages of five and 12 have the opportunity to celebrate hockey thanks to the help of BC Hockey and the Canucks Centre.
Typically, when a Western Hockey League team makes a draft selection in the first round, it goes without saying that the draft pick has committed to playing in the league.
As the NCAA Hockey season is drawing to an end and the Conference races are heating up, it is time to begin voting for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA hockey.
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