While not all 20 year olds end up going to play pro hockey the year after they graduate junior, most of the good ones at least get the opportunity to try out in a lower-tiered professional league if they have that desire.
So, who are some of the WHL players who might be drawing interest from professional clubs, including NHL organizations? Let’s take a look at a few.
Travis Brown – LD – Victoria Royals – 6’2 – 198
Brown was previously drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, going unsigned at the beginning of last summer. Brown is a big body who skates well and owns a wide array of offensive skills. In fact, he currently leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 47 points in 48 games. His 16 goals are also 4 better than any other blueliner in the league. I had him rated as my 27th best WHL player ahead of his first draft year in 2012. If I was pegging one WHL player to be signed by an NHL team in the next couple of months, Brown would be the guy I would bet on.
Brandon Magee – RW – Victoria Royals – 5’9 – 185
Only 7 players in the WHL currently have a point-per-game average over 1.50 in 2014-15 and Magee is among them. The product of Edmonton might not be the tallest player but he possesses a low centre of gravity and has a dynamic skillset. Magee is also known to mix it up and play with an edge, with the disciplinary evidence speaking for itself (he has missed 19 games the last two years due to suspension). He’s not afraid to get under the opposing team’s skin, to put it nicely. I had him rated as my 39th best WHL player in his first year of NHL Draft eligibility back in 2012. He attended rookie camp with the Calgary Flames this past fall.