The draft, hands down, is the best time of the hockey season. Maybe I'm just saying that because the Wild haven't been seen post-season action since 2008, but that is besides the point.
The Wild hold seven picks this year, including the 7th overall pick. The last time that Wild had a pick this high was when the team selected Benoit Pouliot 4th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (the beginning of the Wild's awful draft record, as seen by our pal's inspiration for their blog's name...).
However, since GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brett Flahr arrived, the team has started to see some promise. Some of these names include the Christ-like (or whoever you pray to) Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Charlie Coyle and the recently drafted Jonas Brodin.
So, on June 22nd-23rd, we will all sit down in front of the television/computer and watch the draft. But if you are wondering, "who's who", then you haven't been reading HW because thats my job.
So without further ado:
Introducing our 2012 NHL #17 Draft Prospect - Colton Sissons
Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2012 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.
Right Wing / Kelowna Rockets
Nov 5 1993
|2011/12 - Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
|2011/12 - Playoffs||4||1||1
Accomplishments & Awards:
|2011/12||CHL Top Prospects Game|
|Kelowna Rockets Top Defensive Forward|
|2010/11||Rookie of the Year|
Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?)
Can you imagine how much crap this guy gets on the ice for his last name?
Summarized Scouting Report
A true powerforward ... a real good, solid, all-around two-way player ... skates hard ... has good mobility and edgework ... he has a good first few steps ... he’s a big strong kid ... strong along the boards and in front of the net ... plays with an edge ... pays the price to get little things done that aren't always noticed ... relentless in puck pursuit ... loves to lay the body ... a gifted goal scorer ... has a good wrist shot from the slot that usually finds the mark ... slick passes ... has high hockey IQ ... strong anticipatory skills ... high-energy play ... a great three-zone game ... pays attention to detail defensively ... shown a knack for being a hard worker on the ice ... ability to lead by example on the ice ... strong character
Skating issues will need to be addressed ... lack explosiveness in his stride ... his overall offensive potential will be the biggest question regarding Sissons this season
Top nine forward - jack-of-all-trades type of forward
Colton Sissons (via ShawTVOkanagan)
Where Does He Fit In The Wild?
The Wild have plenty of prospects like Sissons already (Charlie Coyle, Johan Larsson) so its fine to pass up on him.
Sissons is my type of prospect, and for that, I have him ranked higher than many people. I mean, what's not to like?
He captains the Kelowna Rockets at his young age, and his hockey development has been a product of his hardwork. He plays with energy, likes to play physical, has a very high hockey IQ, and plays well in all three zones.
While he has decent feet and mobility, he doesn't quite get to very fast speeds nor does he accelerate quickly enough to make himself a danger.
But I love him. He may not be the most explosive player or the most dynamic offensively prospect, he does everything well, does it with hardwork, and with Sissons, you know you are getting a young kid that will work to improve himself.
You can't really ask for much more in the later parts of the first round of the draft.
Special thanks to HFBoards, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers, TSN, OHLProspeccts and The Scouting Repor