This week’s prospects include Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) & Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads).
Born: December 13, 1998 - Englewood, Colorado, United States
Weight: 210 lbs.
Drafted: 2013 WHL Draft - Round 2 (43rd overall) by the Kelowna Rockets
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. A
great skater in both directions, he is quick on his edges and his
East-to-West skating gives him the chance to cover the ice effectively.
Foote is not naturally mean or aggressive but can take care of himself.
He has a hard slap shot from the point and keeps it low which leaves
rebounds for his forwards to clean up. In last year’s Western Conference
Finals, Foote played a key role in Kelowna and will anchor the team’s
young defence corps this season. He will only get better as he begins to
fill his already huge frame.
DID YOU KNOW? While Foote was born, raised and played his minor hockey in Colorado, he
is registered with Hockey Canada and despite his dual citizenship, will
suit up for Canada for any international competition.
Owen Tippett - Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Born: February 16, 1999 – Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Weight: 204 lbs.
Drafted: 2015 OHL Draft - Round 1 (4th overall) by the Mississauga Steelheads
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. The puck does
not stay on his stick long as he likes to shoot and shoot a lot. Tippett
plays effectively in all situations and will see some time on the point
on the power play. He has explosive speed and fantastic skating
abilities and can really fly down the wing, turning defencemen inside
out while maintaining control of the puck. His tremendous acceleration
has him at top speed in a few strides. His play away from the puck needs
some work but he is due for a breakout sophomore season.
DID YOU KNOW? Tippett is the first cousin of Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens (formerly of the Saginaw Spirit) who was a second round draft pick (33rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Nico Hischier - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Born: January 4, 1999 – Naters, Switzerland
Weight: 176 lbs.
Drafted: 2016 CHL Import Draft – Round 1 (6th overall) by the Halifax Mooseheads
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. His puck sense is outstanding and puck control is
above average. He knows how to protect the puck by putting his shoulder
down and skating hard through the defence. Hischier is a very small
six-foot centre who lacks some physical strength and exposes his
weakness on the ice. He is real quick to shy away from any physical play
and will need to hit the weight room if he wants to battle hard for a
full CHL season. He needs to have the determination to start and finish
the game at 100%.
DID YOU KNOW? In the 2015-16 season, Hischier played 15 games in the highest Swiss league with SC Bern. This is a very rare but remarkable milestone as there are only a handful of 16-year-old kids who have ever played in the Swiss National League. He was coached by Guy Boucher who is now Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators.
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