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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

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."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01