By Jesse Watts
Calgary, AB – Leading up to the 2012 NHL Draft at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23, WHL.ca and WHL Web TV, will highlight six WHL players who are highly ranked by NHL Central Scouting leading up to draft day. This week’s featured WHL player is Kelowna Rockets well-rounded forward Colton Sissons.
Colton Sissons just finished his second season in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets. The 18-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C., finished second on the team with 26 goals, including a team-leading 13 power play markers, in 58 games as the Rockets finished in sixth place in the Western Conference.
A responsible two-way forward with a high level of compete, Sissons makes an impact at both ends of the rink for the Rockets. The 6’1”, 189-lb center, who also plays right wing, has good skating ability and mobility, and plays a very strong defensive game. With good size and strength, Sissons excels at winning those grinding battles on the boards and in the corners, and can protect the puck well.
Kelowna’s Colton Sissons, here battling the Victoria Royals earlier this season, should draft high in the upcoming NHL draft (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
Yet, Sissons’ game isn’t all about defense. With a heavy and accurate shot, and solid hockey sense and vision, Sissons has the ability to create offense and put the puck in the net. As captain of the Rockets, he’s also considered a tremendous leader on his team, always setting a good example with his tireless work ethic and compete level.
“Colton is a very hard working forward that we use in all key situations,” commented Rockets’ head coach Ryan Huska about his team’s captain.
“He has the ability to generate offense as well as play against other teams top players in a shut down roll. Colton’s strongest quality would be his character and leadership ability,” said Huska.
Sissons was originally listed by the Saskatoon Blades but was dealt to the Rockets at the trade deadline in 2010 in exchange for Curt Gogol. He suited up for Team WHL at the 2011 SUBWAY Super Series, being named an assistant captain. Sissons also participated in the 2012 Home Hardware CHL NHL Top Prospects game where he captained Team Orr to a win over Team Cherry.
Did you know…Sissons played midget hockey in Vancouver with former Red Deer Rebel and current Edmonton Oiler Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.
D.O.B: November 5, 1993
Ht: 6′ 1
NHL C.S.S. Final Ranking: 14h among North American skaters