10 Multi-Category WHL Prospects You Need to Know

Dobber Sports

2013-06-20

 

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Lazar, Thrower, Sissons, Reinhart, and more – some future multi-category studs from ‘The Dub’

 

 

Here are a number of impressive prospects from the WHL that are getting close to making an impact at the NHL level – either offensively or with other aspects of their game.

 

More and more fantasy hockey leagues are embracing hits and blocked shots as positive statistics. Why? Well, for starters, they are both recorded in every single NHL rink. The accuracy isn't the same as a goal or an assist (the fluctuations in how these stats are recorded from rink to rink are quite pronounced, actually), but adding these statistics gives fantasy value to a wider net of players. It is widely known that the New York Rangers receive a significant home advantage when it comes to hit recording – the Madison Square Garden statistician is very trigger-happy.

 

If you learn which rinks tend to award hits more liberally, you can use that information to your advantage.

 

And it is a nice way to reward gritty forwards and defensemen who otherwise would get little to no attention in fantasy circles. Some leagues are also moving away from PIM (a subject that was debated here last year), as PIM are inherently a negative statistic. Debating aside, there is no arguing that including PIM, hits, and blocked shots in fantasy leagues makes it more challenging (and thus, more rewarding) to evaluate and rank players as draft day approaches.

 

Special thanks to Cody Nickolet of the Saskatoon Blades for helping put this list together.

 

Nick Walters – St. Louis Blues

 

Who?

 

Walters was picked in the 5th round by the Blues last summer. He’s a rugged defenseman with some offensive upside, according to Nickolet. He had only one goal and 10 points in 35 games this season with Everett (along with 90 PIM). He was traded midseason to Brandon – he finished with nine points (all assists) in 29 games for the Wheat Kings.

 

Why?

 

Walters won’t set any scoring records from the back end, but he could be a nice replacement for Barret Jackman in a few years. He played four AHL games after his junior season concluded, and that pro experience will give him a lot of confidence heading into next season.

 

When?


At least two years, and probably three away. Walter is a guy who you should get on your radar. He is rugged and mean, and his fantasy value will really increase if and when he can start to put some more numbers on the board offensively.

 

Ryan Murray – Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Who?

 

Murray is kind of a household name already (thanks in large part to his draft position – 2nd overall last year). His best attribute is his impressive skating (which has garnered a few Scott Niedermayer comparisons), but he is also skilled offensively. He plays with an edge when he needs to, and he is a really good shot blocker, too. Murray played in only 23 games last season (17 points), but he may challenge for a roster spot this fall at training camp.

 

Why?

 

Murray will be a