Everett Silvertips 2020 NHL Draft Hub
Aiming to continue a surging trend in the recent years, the Everett Silvertips have four players listed by NHL Central Scouting’s rankings ahead of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, hosted in a virtual, online format on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 7.
The Silvertips are aiming to bolster their total of 24 players drafted to the NHL in 17 seasons. Last year, three Silvertips were ranked by NHL CSS heading into the draft and all found NHL homes by the end of the 2019-20 season: defenseman Gianni Fairbrother (3rd round, Montreal), goaltender Dustin Wolf (7th round, Calgary), and forward Bryce Kindopp (signed as a free agent to a 3-year ELC, Anaheim).
At the beginning of 2019-20, a total of 127 WHL alumni made NHL opening night rosters, and 22 WHL alums reached the Stanley Cup Final with either Tampa Bay (11) and Dallas.
TV COVERAGE OF THE 2020 NHL DRAFT:
- Round 1: Tuesday, Oct. 6
- TV: 4:00pm PT (NBCSN / Sportsnet / TVA Sports)
- RADIO: 4:00pm PT (SiriusXM)
- Rounds 2-7: Wednesday, Oct. 7
- TV: 8:30am PT (NHL Network / Sportsnet / TVA Sports)
- RADIO: 10:00am PT (SiriusXM)
- STREAM: www.nhl.com
The Silvertips, (alphabetically, last name) ranked by NHL Central Scouting:
(F) GAGE GONCALVES (80th, North American skaters): Named Silvertips Most Improved Player this past season when he ranked third on the program in points (71), second in goals (33), third in assists (38), second in game winning goals (7), tied the lead in power play goals (14) and was +32 in 60 games … native of Mission, BC … experienced a 56 point and 32 goal increase from his 2018-19 rookie campaign and bagged 22 multi point games this past season including a pair of career-high four point outings
… was named to Team Canada’s Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp … originally acquired by the Silvertips as a listed player and signed a WHL standard player agreement on Jan. 3, 2018 … 34 points, 52 assists, 86 points, and a +42 rating in 128 career games in a Silvertips jersey. Named Silvertips 2019-20 Most Improved Player.
(D) KASPER PUUTIO (76th, North American skaters): #1overall pick, 2019 CHL Import Draft … skated in the CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game … nearly duplicated his output (12 points in his first 21 games as a Silvertip), pre-trade in almost half the schedule after a trade from the Swift Current Broncos in January
… finished +13 as a Silvertip, drilled a pair of power play goals, and scored a memorable full-length of the ice, empty net heave against the Prince George Cougars in a Feb. 21 victory … had points in six of the last eight games on the blueline, and after Feb. 15 earned 11 points in 12 games …. twice had a career high three points in one game, all on assists.
(D) RONAN SEELEY (75th, North American skaters): Production increase of 23 points, 21 assists, +11 for his rating … scored one game winning goal … had four assists on Nov. 22 in a 6-1 Silvertips rout of the Saskatoon Blades … generated seven multi point games … took just six penalty minutes … had eight points in a seven game stretch, ending Nov. 30
… fired a season high six shots on net, Sept. 30 at Kelowna … three times finished +3 or higher in a game, and logged a season high +4 rating in a 6-0 win over Moose Jaw on Feb. 19 (also had 3 asissts) … co-recipient of the Silvertips Iron Man award (most games played) with captain and Anaheim Ducks prospect Bryce Kindopp.
SILVERTIPS DRAFT COVERAGE | TIPS NHL DRAFT, ALL TIME
- THE HERALD | 2020 Tips Draft recap
- THE ATHLETIC | Canes among winners with Seeley pick
- Gage Goncalves | Sound of Hockey podcast appearance
- Gage Goncalves | His viral famous, “Peter Forsberg” shootout move
- Tips prospects | Preparing for the draft during the pandemic
- Ronan Seeley | Tips Now feature
- Ronan Seeley | San Jose Golden Gate Sports blog
- Michal Gut | “A perfect fit” (Everett Herald)
- Kasper Puutio | “Calming presence” (The Hockey Writers)
- Kasper Puutio | Draft Profile (Nashville On The Forecheck)