The WHL once again has a few ‘powerforwards’ up for grabs at the NHL draft.
For 2012, the most high profile one is definitely Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets. The big 17 year old does a little bit of everything for his club, including wearing the captain’s ‘C’.
He really is a true powerforward, as well. Sissons currently stands 6’1 and weighs in at just a shade under 190 pounds. He’s clearly got another inch or more to go and will likely one day play around 210 pounds. With a body like that, it’s not hard to see how he’s most effective on the ice.
Despite his large frame, he doesn’t get held back by his skating. He has a good first few steps and has good mobility and edgework. He skates hard and also plays with an edge.
He loves to lay the body and is very strong at creating room for his linemates, one of whom has been NY Rangers draft pick Shane McColgan.
Along with his size and strength, he features a very sharp hockey mind and knows where to be at what times on the ice.
His overall offensive potential will be the biggest question regarding Sissons this season. Will he be able to round out his game enough and refine his skills enough to become a future point per game player at the pro level? It’s hard to say and to be honest, I think that might be expecting a bit too much from Sissons.
But one thing is for sure, he’s a big strong kid with a good work ethic and many NHL teams would love to add him to their prospect pool.
I expect him to be in the running as the top WHL forward selected in the 2012 draft, maybe even as soon as the early stages of the 2nd round.