Monday, December 5, 2016

What's Best For 16 Year-Olds WHL or AAA Midget?

WHL 16-year-olds

There is always talk about what is the best option for 16 year old hockey players.
Should they be in the CHL (WHL/OHL/QMJHL)?
Should they stay in the Midget League?
Should the WHL Bantam Draft go from selecting 15-year-olds to 16-year-olds?
Well that last question will be discussed in a future article.

As of December 4, 2016 there are 54 16-year-olds (born in 2000) on WHL rosters. These are players who have been on the roster all year and are expected to stay in the WHL all season. As always there are AP call-ups but I did not include them in this research.

The Numbers
There are 2 goalies, 16 defensemen and 36 forwards.
There are 22 WHL teams but there were 21 1st round picks made as Portland’s was forfeited from the disciplinary action levied in November, 2012.
Of the 21 selections, 20 are in the WHL.
Tychonick is the only player selected in the 1st round of the 2015 Bantam Draft and is not playing in the WHL. He was taken 12th overall by Saskatoon, in November/16 had his rights traded to Calgary. He is going the NCAA route and thus is not playing in the WHL.

Round-by-Round
1st – 20
2nd – 11
3rd – 6
4th – 3
5th – 5
6th – 2
7th – 3
8th – 1
9th – 2
Undrafted – 1
 
In the 2016 NHL Draft there were 27 WHL players selected who were 18 or 19 years old and came up through minor hockey in Canada.
As 16 year olds - 17 played in the WHL, 9 AAA Midget and 1 did not play due to an injury.
Of the 17 who played in the WHL 2 had late birthdays.
Of the 9 who played in AAA Midget 4 had late birthdays.
In the 1st 2 rounds of the NHL Draft 7 of 8 of the WHL players selected played in the WHL as a 16-year-old.
 
Summary
When looking at the players stats from their 16 year old season in the WHL it shows that each played an average of 50 of the 72 regular season games. That includes a goalie who played in 30 and 2 skaters who played a combined 30 games because of long term injuries. Take those 3 players out of the equation and the average total is 56 games played. Very impressive numbers that show that if you make the team you will play.
The stat that is unavailable however is average time on ice.
Nothing is worse for a players’ development than to consistently be a healthy scratch and then only play a few shifts when they do dress for a game.
For the 9 players who played in the AAA Midget League the stats show big numbers and it’s easy to presume they were top line players who got lots of playing time.

So, what do all these numbers tell us and does it answer the question what is the best option for a 16-year-old?
As always you want to do what is best for the players’ development.
Is it better for a player to go back to Midget and dominate and be more ready to play in the WHL as a 17-year-old?
Will another year stifle a players’ development who is ready for higher competitions?
These are similar questions that NHL teams face when they have players who are junior eligible but are close to making their roster.
The numbers show that if you are going to keep a 16-year-old then play them regularly. The first half of the season can be a learning experience and you can protect them from certain situations. But, by the second half they should be regular contributors. Do this and they will be successful.
The numbers show that if you are not prepared to give the younger players the playing time they need, whether you feel the player isn’t ready or you have a veteran team and don’t see an opportunity for them to play regularly, then it is okay to let them play another year of Midget. 
The numbers show the best players will find a way to get noticed and get drafted.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

WHL December 4

Brandon                        November 25 in Saskatoon

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
21
Coulter
27
Duke
11
Daley
7
Bukac
3
Sambrook
1
Thompson
14
Lewis
24
Gutenberg
12
Mattheos
5
Higson
6
Wharrie
33
Papirny
15
Bettens
23
Reinhardt
28
Thompson
32
Shearer
10
Clague
 
18
Armour
25
Russell
34
Jameson
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
16
Kaspick
19
Patrick
26
McCorrister
 
 
29
Wytinck

Calgary                          December 3 in Moose Jaw

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
19
Grishakov
11
Malenstyn
26
Fyten
2
Bean
8
Yeryomenko
33
Dumba
24
Twarynski
17
Stallard
14
Cullen
4
Zipp
29
Reagan
31
Porter
10
Stukel
21
Gennaro
28
Mrkonjic
3
LaPointe
25
Hyman
 
18
Stratton
9
Dorsey
7
Esposito
 
 
SCRATCHES
15
Nielsen
12
Kastelic
6
Gordon
27
Murray
 

Edmonton                      December 2 in Saskatoon


LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
16
Koch
25
Bauer
27
Fix-Wolansky
28
Elizarov
4
Warm
1
Dea
23
Kehler
20
Klatt
10
Gruninger
8
Cap
2
Yewchuk
31
Dechaine
11
Berg
21
Robertson
18
Mohr
3
Gorda
24
Irving
 
6
McLeod
13
Bowman
7
Dawson
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
17
Roach
39
Gerla
9
Baltruk
14
Murray
 
35
Hughes

Everett                           December 2 vs Medicine Hat

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
96
Zwerger
17
Fonteyne
8
Bajkov
24
Skrumeda
3
Juulsen
70
Hart
43
Dewar
28
Skoleski
82
Tuulola
23
Christiansen
38
Davis
31
Petit
18
Hein
14
Sutter
33
King
29
Wylie
5
Onyebuchi
 
11
Centazzo
12
Goethals
19
Kindopp
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
15
Richards
47
Kemp
22
Millar
4
Walker
 
 

Kamloops                      November 25 vs Regina       

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
21
Balcers
41
Pilon
34
Sideroff
42
Vala
37
Gatenby
39
Ingram
15
Shirley
10
Revel
23
Bast
38
Davidson
6
Valentine
31
Ferguson
32
Loewen
16
Chyzowski
22
Benjafield
7
Zazula
33
McDonald
 
11
Walton
12
Mahovlich
19
Miller
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
9
Sheppard
5
Gatenby
27
Kneen
 
 

Kelowna                        November 26 vs Regina

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
15
Soustal
19
Dube
16
Lind
21
Stephens
22
Chizen
30
Herringer
17
Southam
27
Thurkauf
10
Merkley
7
Johansen
5
Belcourt
31
Salmond
29
Foote
11
Bortsmayer
24
Topping
 
25
Foote
 
28
Mattson
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
3
Stadel
8
Cowell
20
Bruggen-Cate
14
Kryski
4
Ballhorn
2
Hilsendager

Kootenay                      December 3 in Portland

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
22
Zborosky
21
Alfaro
18
Loschiavo
11
Russell
7
Pouliot
30
Lee
10
Sheen
12
Philp
17
Wellsby
6
Huston
15
Rudakov
29
Walter
25
Sidaway
20
King
14
Taphorn
8
Hines
4
Fleury
 
9
Morison
23
Patterson
27
Elmer
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
26
Taphorn
16
Allan
2
Murray
5
Radzivilyuk
 
Rutledge

Lethbridge                    December 3 in Red Deer

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
17
Kroeker
9
Estephan
5
Wong
3
Riddle
27
Menell
74
Skinner
22
Babenko
16
Lindgren
15
Bellerive
20
Dosanjh
2
Addison
33 Gilchrist
14
Davis
21
Vandervlis
18
Nagel
6
Prefontaine
11
Merezhko
 
12
Tarzwell
23
Joseph
25
Franklin
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
19
Bowen
 
7
King
 

Medicine Hat                December 4 in Portland


LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
18
Shaw
21
Butcher
12
Dahlstrom
2
Forrest
4
Kirichenko
31
Schneider
11
Owre
7
Bradley
14
Jevne
15
Schultz
19
Quenneville
33
McGovern
27
Rassell
10
Hamblin
16
Gerlach
3
MacPhee
6
MacPherson
 
17
Haden
29
Chyzowski
22
Preziuso
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
24
Williams
9
Fischer
26
Gally
5
Rubins
 
 

Moose Jaw                              December 3 vs Calgary

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
12
Halbgewachs
21
Howden
10
Jeannot
95
Zaitsev
4
Woo
31
Sawchenko
71
Popugaev
22
Gregor
19
Burke
5
Paradis
2
Brook
35
Wilms
27
Burzan
36
Odgers
29
Watts
15
Armstrong
47
Thrower
 
11
Petruic
16
Wood
23
Langan
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
7
Kaluski
 
59
Sozanski
 

Portland                        December 4 v Medicine Hat

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
43
McKenzie
8
Glass
13
Iverson
21
De Jong
3
Jones
31
Kehler
27
Ginnell
19
Hughes
25
Weinger
44
Texeira
16
Jokiharju
35
Bullion
20
Blichfeld
17
Overhardt
39
Veloso
4
MacEachern
5
Quigley
 
24
Clayton
14
Gricius
9
Gilliss
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
11
Sharp
12
Colina
 
6
Hobson
 

Prince Albert                December 3 in Regina

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
23
Stransky
15
Glover
25
Montgomery
7
Crossley
8
Morrison
30
Sanders
28
Coleman
29
Leth
16
Vanstone
6
Budik
2
Heid
33
Scott
24
Fonstad
27
Kelly
11
Moe
5
Hayes
10
Martin
 
17
Johnson
22
Miller
12
Kadlec
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
14
Warkentine
21
Holowko
 
3
Paivarinta
 
 

Prince George               December 3 vs Victoria

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
12
Harkins
21
Bethune
13
Gabrielle
2
Ruopp
19
Collins
35
Edmonds
9
Morrison
15
O’Brien
26
McDonald
25
Olson
4
Lakusta
33
McBride
14
McAuley
23
Boyd
10
Curtis
28
Anderson
16
Schoettler
 
18
Bison
27
Almeida
22
Khomenko
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
8
Leppard
11
Maser
20
O’Rourke
17
Guhle
 
 

Red Deer                       December 3 vs Lethbridge

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
22
Hagel
23
Spacek
11
DeWit
3
Bobyk
27
Freadrich
30
Petersen
10
Polei
25
Musil
14
Pratt
5
Mahura
4
Alexeyev
33
Lamb
20
Bains
28
Martin
21
Hausinger
7
Sass
2
Strand
 
26
Campese
24
Roy
8
Herauf
 
 
SCRATCHES
15
Jerome
16
Pawlenchuk
19
Martin
18
Cutler
6
Sakowich
31
Verhelst

Regina                           December 4 in Swift Current

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
71
Leedahl
23
Steel
21
Henry
10
Smart
2
Zborovskiy
31
Brown
61
Ahl
77
Brooks
27
Wagner
55
Schioler
44
Hobbs
33
Chapman
13
Woods
19
Leschyshyn
20
Smith
40
Bruce
4
Pouteau
 
22
Cole
15
Buziak
18
Lockner
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
39
Zablocki
32
Holmes
36
Barteaux
6
Harrison
30
Hollett

Saskatoon                     December 2 vs Edmonton

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
41
Christensen
77
Dach
61
Paterson
55
Henderson
47
Reid
35
Flodell
23
Shmyr
14
Shynkaruk
13
Sloboshan
25
Hajek
4
Sayers
30
Hamm
20
Ramsay
24
Michaud
27
Farren
52
Caller
2
Leslie
 
21
MacKenzie
26
Olynek
44
Wouters
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
5
McCarty
9
Hebig
39
Fantillo
3
Kustra
6
Rubinchuk
 

Seattle                          December 3 vs Medicine Hat

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
12
Gropp
13
Barzal
21
Wedman
5
Tyska
25
Bear
31
Toth
26
Volcan
8
Eansor
18
Moilanen
24
Schuldaus
6
Allbee
29
Berlin
19
Neuls
16
True
28
Kolesar
4
Ottenbreit
7
Harsch
 
3
Bishop
11
Brown
23
Ormsby
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
27
Briscoe
15
Bensmiller
20
Andrusiak
 
1
Stankowski

Spokane                        November 30 vs Portland

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
27
McKay
23
Toporowski
32
Hamaliuk
7
Fiala
37
Weatherill
11
Anderson-Dolan
26
Elynuik
9
Yamamoto
6
Helgesen
24
Smith
33
Sittler
16
Ross
25
Najman
21
Kousal
3
Leduc
4
Faith
 
10
McIndoe
29
Zummack
20
Ostir
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
12
Bechtold
19
Wishnowski
13
McGrew
15
Morrisseau
17
Yamamoto
18
Miske

Swift Current                December 4 vs Regina

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
17
Steenbergen
20
Heponiemi
21
Spencer
2
Sissons
5
Minulin
31
Child
23
Graham
19
Pederson
10
Elder
4
Jensen
27
Lajoie
30
Burman
16
Gable
29
Chaulk
25
Miller
3
Schmiemann
6
Khaira
 
12
Stotts
39
Arnold
32
Stanley
 
 
SCRATCHES
24
Blocker
15
Gawdin
18
Johnson
28
Adams
26
Mole
 

Tri City                          December 2 vs Portland

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
19
Sandhu
15
Rasmussen
25
Olson
6
Valimaki
3
Yorke
31
Sarthou
32
AuCoin
28
Geekie
21
Lukin
7
O’Reilly
2
Krebs
30
Parenteau
24
Playfair
22
Yaremko
29
Leason
37
Wotherspoon
10
Coghlan
 
 
17
Focht
27
Jeri-Leon
 
34
Bafaro
 
SCRATCHES
12
Topping
20
James
26
Sawchuk
 
 
35
Warm

Vancouver                     November 25 in Spokane

LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
41
Bondra
16
Foster
8
Baer
6
Plouffe
2
Kichton
30
Tendeck
17
Benson
19
Holt
7
Ronning
5
Rayman
28
Skeoch
20
Kubic
18
Flaman
14
Malm
37
Rattie
24
Barberis
22
Osipov
 
15
Hardy
13
Popowich
27
Semchuk
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
39
Wesley
29
DeRoose
 
4
Dhaliwal
 
 

Victoria                         December 3 in Prince George        


LW
C
RW
LD
RD
G
9
Walker
14
Florchuk
24
Nagy
4
Jarratt
28
Ibragimov
30
Outhouse
10
Peckford
19
Hannoun
11
Phillips
5
Prowse
6
Masella
33
Myskiw
27
Dmytriw
23
Folk
8
Price
29
Reddekopp
3
Gagnon
 
20
Wegleitner
34
Oliver
12
Gerth
 
 
 
SCRATCHES
16
Bargar
22
Pachal
17
Soy
7
Walford