A player like Travis Sanheim is a great example from the 2014 NHL Draft.
Sanheim burst onto the scene in 2013-14 as an undrafted prospect of the Calgary Hitmen, but only had 7 points in 29 games by the time Christmas rolled around. He came back from the holiday break and promptly had a few strong games, finding his name on the scoresheet more often than not. He closed out the year with 22 points in his final 38 regular season games, put up a pair of points in one round of playoff action and then had a strong showing at the World Under-18 Hockey Championships as a member of Team Canada.
A couple of months later he was taken 17th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Fast forward to this season and Sanheim put up 65 points in 67 regular season games, leading all WHL defencemen in points in 2014-15.
Team’s are constantly on the lookout for players with steep development curves, guys who are growing by leaps and bounds as they get more experience and confidence throughout the season. Aside from watching them constantly, tracking their offensive production is one way to find players who may just be trending in the right direction.
With that in mind I have gone ahead and sorted through a bunch of data from 70 WHL players who are in their first year of being eligible for the NHL Draft in 2015. The players include those listed by Central Scouting, plus a bunch of others that I feel are worth investigating more for the 2015 NHL Draft and well beyond.
The below information sorts the players into two categories, forwards and defencemen. I then broke down their offensive numbers from the regular season, chopping the year in half. The first half includes all games played between September and December 31st. The second half includes all games from January 1st through to the end of the regular season.