Monday, 26 March 2018

Prospects Report #2

As is customary this time of year, WHL teams still in the running for a championship run are giving some of their young up-and-comers a tour around for a feel of what playoff hockey is all about. The players won't see the ice during the playoffs, but it's never a bad thing to give them a taste of the atmosphere around the rink.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are in the same boat, giving a few of their midget-aged players a bird's eye view as their own seasons have winded down. Which gives us the opportunity to profile how they have done.

READ MORE: Prospects Report #1

A couple of weeks ago, we did a little number-gazing at Nolan Jones, Jacob Boucher, Noah Boyko, Bryan Thomson and Jonah Regier. Here's another five prospects to keep your eyes on as they get ready for summer and do what's needed to get them into the Enmax Centre in the fall.

#1. Drew Englot
Talk about bringing some size to the table. At 15 years of age, he tips the scales at 6'3" and 181 pounds. He picked up six goals and seven assists in 40 games with the Notre Dame Midget AAA Hounds this season, adding another two assists in six playoff games. The Candiac, SK. native went scoreless in five games with Saskatchewan at the WHL Cup. The team is obviously excited about his size but also his passion for the game. The 2017 4th rounder is a late birthday though (November) so he has some time to fill out.

#2. Alex Cotton
Hurricanes fans got a sneak peek at this youngster during the season, as he played in five games on the blueline. The Langley, BC product didn't pick up any points, but he also didn't make any glaring mistakes either, with a plus/minus of zero. He spent the majority of his year with Yale Hockey Academy and lit it up. The 6', 168-pound blueliner netted 11 goals and 43 assists in 32 games. Those numbers and his size kind of put me to mind of a current Hurricanes defenseman: Calen Addison.

#3. Adam Hall and #4. Justin Hall
When a team goes out of its way to announce the signing of twin brothers, you kinda have to stand up and take notice. The Edmonton teenagers did enough this season with the CAC Edmonton Canadians to impress GM Peter Anholt. Adam had seven goals and 13 assists in 28 games, while Justin picked up 14 goals and ten assists in 34 games. Both taken in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, it will be interesting to see if they keep rising at the same pace and if they can play apart if called upon.

#5. Kirby Proctor
This one might be a wildcard in the grand scheme of things. There's no doubt he's talented, playing for the Pursuit of Excellence prep program and was invited to Canada's U17 Showcase last summer. But this season, the Okotoks product decided to play with Bonnyville in the AJHL, putting up five goals and 20 assists in 54 games for the Pontiacs. But he's not signed yet, so whether we see him in a Hurricanes jersey will all depend on what track he wants to take in the hockey world.

While the on-ice product is and should be focused on the task at hand, it's always fun to bring out the crystal ball.

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