Here is a list of WHL overagers who might be selected in this years NHL draft.
|Adam Brooks (C)||1.67||5/6/1996||5’10||L|
|Brayden Burke (C/LW)||1.51||1/1/1997||5’10||L|
|Reid Gardiner (RW/C)||1.3||1/19/1996||5’11||R|
|Tyler Soy (C)||1.18||2/10/1997||6′||L|
|Cameron Hebig ©||1.17||1/21/1997||5’10||R|
|Jordan Topping (LW)||0.92||7/20/1997||5’11||L|
|Jakob Stukel (LW)||0.98||1997-03-06||6′||L|
|Brogan O’Brien (LW/C)||0.79||8/13/1997||6’2||L|
|Rodrigo Abols (C)||0.79||1/5/1996||6’5||L|
|Tomas Soustal (C)||0.79||2/15/1997||6’3||R|
|Calvin Thürkauf (C/LW)||0.74||6/27/1997||6’1||L|
Adam Brooks (C) (100 – 150)
- McKeens: Brooks is a responsible two-way centre whose brain and feet are constantly involved in the game. His high hockey IQ and overall consistency of play have stood out as prime attributes this season. He sees the ice and anticipates the game intuitively and has a knack of being in the right spot and coming upon loose pucks. Though undersized at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he plays with grit and can give and take a hit.
- WHL from Above: He’s a smart player with greatly improved puck skills and is a guy that does all the little things well. It seems like the switch has flipped a bit for him so hopefully he can continue to improve and increase his production.
- Brooks plays in all situations he and Austin Wagner (Kings 4th round pick 2015) have been Regina’s top PK group.
Brayden Burke (C/LW) (100 – 150)
- “He has a high skill level with good play-making ability and soft hands, and thrives on the power play where he has more space,” says ISS head scout Dennis MacInnis
- RedLine Report: RLR loves that he constantly plays in the middle of the action, performing all of his line’s heavy lifting while sneaking in and out of scrums. His exceptional passing creativity really spreads out the ice and makes the players around him better.
Reid Gardiner (RW/C) (150 – 200)
- WHL from Above: He owns an elite shot with power and a quick release, also getting around the ice well with powerful driving strides.
Tyler Soy (C) (150-200) ***
- Future Considerations via BSN-Denver: He is a smart puck handler and finds ways to move into dangerous areas. He has a knack for creating separation and recognizes soft spots to buy himself time. Soy is a talented playmaker, a natural pass-‐first type of player who gets his head up immediately after receiving the puck and looks to move the puck to open teammates. He has good touch on his passes and creates openings to find teammates.
- WHL from Above: Not the biggest guy, but shows flashes of skill, sense and compete. Plays in all situations for the Royals and I do like his versatility in that regard. Had concerns over his size – He’s obviously a dangerous offensive player who is smart, light on his feet and is quick with his decision making processes. I still have concerns over just how slight he is, listed at a shade over 170 pounds.
- Soy who was passed over in last year’s draft where he was rated as a top 120 prospect by several draft experts. Soy was known, last year, as a playmaking, pass-first center that needed to get stronger. Soy followed this up with an excellent overage season by scoring 46 goals which was second in the CHL among 2015 draft eligible players, only Nicalas Roy (in QMJHL with 48) had more. Albeit, many players such as Beauvillier, Meier, Marner & Strome played in fewer games it is still an impressive accomplishment for a ‘playmaker’. Soy who in a deep draft was considered by some to be a 3rd – 4th round pick followed up his draft year season with an over 25% increase in points (which is signifigantly better than most non-1st round picks) and now he’s ranked 150th by NHL Central Scouting. Which projects to be a 7th round or undrafted yet again.
Cameron Hebig (150 – 200)
- Hebig is a guy that could be a good late round steal. The Draft Analyst had him as a third round grade. Draft Site: state he has ‘good vision and hands’
- Draft Analyst; He’s quick and busts his tail every shift, but his vision, stickhandling and hands should most certainly be classified as strong. Heberg does not have a great supporting cast. Hebig leads the team in PPG and has produced 57% more offense per game than the third leading scorer on their team. The chart below isn’t to compare the players but their even strength point production;
Jakob Stukel (150 – 200)
- After struggling at the start of the year with Vancouver (4 points in 12 games), Stukel was traded to Calgary and put up 56 points in 57 games. Stukel has excellent speed it has been rated as high end. He could be an excellent development prospect that with proper coaching could eventually become a top 9 forward in the NHL.
Brogan O’Brien (150 – 200)
- Elite Prospects: A large two-way forward that plays many simple but effective roles in games. Not the most nimble skater, but pushes hard and can get momentum moving in the right direction with above-average quickness. Defensively active and always makes it hard for the opposition to find time and space. Doesn’t transition to offence very smoothly or quickly, but uses his teammates to help gain zone entry and then his skill takes over. Offensively, he sees the ice extremely well and possesses excellent scoring and playmaking ability. His size allows him to bull his way to the net and create offensive chances. Very effective in multiple roles, Brogan O’Brien is a versatile two-way forward with a lot of potential for future growth. [EP]
Jordan Topping (LW) (150 – 200)
- Topping the July, 97th born, 6’1 Tri-City winger increased his point total from 18 points to 66 and finished second on his team in scoring. His GM GM Bob Tory said, . Jakob Stukel (LW)
Brennan Menell (D) (150 – 200)
- WHL from Above: Menell is a kid who continues to fly under the radar for Vancouver. He’s very smart and excels at moving the puck.
Rodrigo Abols (150 – 200)
- Elite Prospects: A gritty, hard-working forward with a large frame. An agile skater for his size and is starting to work explosiveness into his game. Smart with and without the puck, and exhibits strength at both ends of the ice. Not the most physical player, but that side of his game will come naturally as he develops more bullish instincts. Loves to battle and works hard to win puck possession on open ice, along the boards, and in the corners. All-in-all, a sizeable forward that has the raw tools it takes to become an effective producer as he elevates his game. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Tomas Soustal (150-200)
- Elite Prospects: An intelligent, gritty center with a large frame and an excellent work ethic; he plays the game like he has something to prove. Displays good stickhandling ability and individual skills, but also shows the ability to play in all situations. An aspect of his game that jumps out is his speed entering the zone; he is a very good skater who pushes himself to his limits. All-in-all, a good all-around player who thinks the game at a high level and, knowing exactly what he needs to work on, is always improving his game. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)