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2012 NHL Draft Class: Colton Sissons

Kelowna Rocket Centre talks about his NHL Scouting Combine experience and the upcoming draft.

Monday, 04.06.2012 / 5:27 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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2012 NHL Draft Class: Colton Sissons

Colton Sissons, an 18-year-old from North Vancouver began playing junior with the Westside Warriors (Junior A, BCHL) when he was 15-years-old and tallied 6-16-22 in 58 games in his final Junior A season. He then joined the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL after they acquired his rights from the Saskatoon Blades at the 2010 trade deadline.

In his rookie season (2010-11) he posted an impressive 17-24-41 in 63 games and a lead the team in plus-minus with +15. The strong rookie debut earned him a "C" to start the next season in Kelowna and his strong rookie season also earned him an invite to the CHL Top Prospects Game that took place in February, where he was named Captain of Team Orr and picked up an assist on the game’s first goal. He is coming off of a similar season as far as points go, tying his rookie point score in five less games. (26-15-41)

Sissons explained that his leadership ability was one of the most common questions asked by the NHL teams during the interview earlier in the week.

"It's definitely a huge part of my game," Sissons said at the NHL Scouting Combine on June 1st in Toronto. "I had the biggest leadership role on my team obviously and I think that's something that I'll take into the pro level.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward is ranked 14th overall by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters, which makes him the highest ranked forward from the Western Hockey League.

"I'm definitely a two-way forward," said Sissons on his style of play. "I like to play physical and get into the dirty areas of the ice, I'm not too scared of that. At the same time I feel like I can put up numbers and score some nice goals. I definitely think that two-way style of hockey is right up my alley."

The NHL Scouting Combine just wrapped up on Saturday afternoon in Toronto and when the results came in, Sissons made it into the top ten in a couple of the tests. He tied for fifth place with Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks in the 4-jump mat exercise, completing it in .49 seconds. He also showed off his strength in the bench press category tying for eighth place with a handful of guys after doing 11 reps. He was 10th on the list for lb/lb body weight on the bench press with 8.8 lbs.

"I'm so happy it's over, biggest sigh of relief I've ever had," Sissons said after his tests were done Saturday. " The toughest was probably the wingate. The V02 was tough too but I felt a lot worse after the wingate for sure. I had done the wingate before so I knew what to expect and knew it was extremely hard, but the VO2 was a lovely surprise."

Earlier in the week, Sissons met with 23 different NHL teams for 20 minute interviews.

"I felt they went really well. I felt confident and I was myself so you can't do much more than that. I was surprised with the questions, nothing out of the ordinary, pretty straight forward."

With the draft just weeks away Sissons said, he'll try to not think about the end result just yet and just focus on being in the moment.

"Surreal would pretty much sum up my feelings the best," he said. "It was crazy being here this week and draft is only a couple weeks away now. It'll be in the back of my mind for sure but I'm going to try to stay as stress-free as possible until Pittsburgh when it's right in front of my eyes to see what happens."

Sissons on his favourite part of the NHL Scouting Combine:

"It was pretty nice to be around so many guys that you don't even know and everyone is wishing each other good luck and being courteous and supportive of each other so that was definitely a nice surprise."




1 NSH 61 41 13 7 186 143 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
8 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46


B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
J. Trouba 47 7 12 3 19
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
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