Starting today The Pipeline Show will present our 2010 WHL Bantam Draft Preview series. We've picked the brains of WHL scouts and will come out with a list of players once a week leading up to the draft, as well as a ranking of players just before the teams gather for the WHL Awards ceremony/Bantam draft during the last week of April.
Here now is our first installment, where we are dealing with blueliners for the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
Top 10 Defenceman
10. Colton Waltz, Lloydminster Universal Heat
The Goods: 5.10, 160, 30 GP, 18-24-42
Scouts say...Good skating Dman, runs Lloydminster’s powerplay, hard shot from the point, can play physical, fades late in games, needs to defend better against top forwards.
9. Kyle Burroughs, Langley Eagles
The Goods: 5.10, 154, 1st all star team at Burnaby Christmas Tournament
Scouts Say...Physical and skilled, strong skater, good vision, can deliver big
open ice hits, missed first quarter of the season due to injury.
8.Joseph Carvalho, Burnaby Winter Club
The Goods: 5.08, 160, John Reid Memorial tournament all star
Scouts say...Undersized powerplay specialist, excellent vision, very composed, runs the best PP in BC. Might be the smartest player in this year’s draft.
7.Paul Stoykewych, Winnipeg Monarchs
The Goods: 5.10, 160, 30 GP, 10-25-35
Scouts say...Decent size, strong skater, excellent vision, best PP Dman in Manitoba, his 2 brothers recently committed to NCAA schools.
6. Jared Hauf, Calgary Bronks
The Goods: 6.04, 170, 33 GP, 4-13-17
Scouts say...Bigger is better, improves every time he hits the ice, could be the next Tyler Myers?
5. Scott Savage LA Selects
The Goods: 5.11, 150, Led his team to 22-1 tournament record.
Scouts say...Best American Dman in this year’s draft, might be the best skater in this group, can play any kind of game, mature beyond his age and peers.
4. Madison Bowey, Winnipeg Monarchs
The Goods: 5.10, 160, 29 GP, 15-42-57
Scouts say...Big strong kid, solid on his skates, defends well, might end up as the best of the group by 18 years of age, vision and hockey sense has to improve.
3.Jesse Lees, Calgary Northstars
The Goods: 6.0, 165, 30 GP, 18-20-38
Scouts say...A player you notice every shift, aggressive, loves to rush the puck, can play physical, great work ethic, prone to turn overs and can be often guilty of doing too much.
2.Carter Hansen, Lumsden-Bethune Lions
The Goods: 5.11, 160, 26 GP, 19-15-34
Scouts say...Plays forward and defence, carried Lumsden on his back all the way to the Sask provincial final, hard shot from the point, needs to play more physical, plays too much and tires easily.
1.Josh Morrisey, Calgary Royals
The Goods: 5.11, 170, 32 GP, 21-28-49
Scouts say...Best dman in this year’s draft, dominates every shift, solid in the dzone, likes the big hits in the neutral zone, rocket of a shot, good offensive instincts, all the Royal’s offence comes off of his stick.
“Knocking at the door”Joel Topping_Red Deer, Spenser Jensen-Airdrie, Taylor Green- Port Coquitlam, Tyler King-Notre Dame, Kayle Doetzel-West Central