8 - Damon Severson - Kelowna Rockets - RD - Severson is a big, fairly mobile two-way defenceman for the Rockets. Owns a hard slapshot and can play on the powerplay. Solid physical tools and projects well as a top 4 defender. A likely 40-60 selection in the draft.
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have you posted you rankings somewhere and I missed them?
Nope. That comes from a report I've submitted to FC.
I will be posting a full WHL ranking of players closer to the draft. As it stands right now I have a pretty comprehensive list of WHL guys, something like 88 players. I will post a top 40 or 50 with HM's as well.
I remember drafting a guy named D. Severson with my 1st round pick in NHL 11 or 12 (can't remember which). He was a defensive D-man and ended up becoming a huge star for my team (rated 93 overall). I wonder if this is the same guy or if it was just a random name
It seems as though the defenseman factory in Kelowna is pumping out another sleeper in the form of Damon Severson. The likes of Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, and more recently Tyson Barrie have come out of the Rockets program to find success in the professional ranks, and it seems like Severson is next in line to join them. He does all the little things right and is a very effective defender. His big frame and rugged defensive attitude, blended with his improving offensive instincts, will carry the Melville, SK native to the bright lights of the NHL Draft.
I talked to him at the Top Prospects Game. He is a very down to earth guy who looks like a steal of a prospect. Love his all around game and ability to play in all situations. Versitile and effective. Very early second round pick IMO.
JUST NOTES: The Rockets were 2-for-3 on the power play; the Blazers were 0-for-4. . . . Wudrick has 37 goals and the Rockets are 23-4-0 when he scores. . . . Brown stopped 25 shots in posting his 80th career victory, three shy of Kelly Guard's career record. . . . The Rockets hold a 4-3 edge in the season series, which has two games remaining. They'll play March 11 here and March 12 in Kelowna. . . . The Daily News Three Stars were: 1. Bloodoff - two key goals; 2. Goulbourne - first WHL goal, two fights and a pest; 3. D Damon Severson, Kelowna - simple and effective. . . . Kamloops C Chase Schaber, who has missed 22 of the last 24 games with a leg injury, took the pregame warmup but didn't play. He may get back Friday against the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. D Brandon Underwood (knee) also may get back on Friday.
1. The top 10 or so of the 2012 NHL draft class is richer in defensemen than normal.
2. The top 5 or so of the 2012 WHL draft class is richer in defensemen than normal.
Clarification: He is not a special player in my eyes but he will play five to seven plus years in NHL
because of his reliability in his own zone.
I thought Barrie was a middle second rounder a couple years ago but it did not happen. Even worse, his performance was far better than Severson.
Huska was absent for three weeks (WJC). The Rockets got bombed in the first round. Too bad Severson could not display his performance much longer. That's one of factors too.
I dunno, you can talk about current play and what went wrong and what went right, but in the end it's still about projecting the player. Severson has a great frame and that's a big reason why he will go higher than his play would likely have suggested this season.
You also don't touch on the Under 18's, where he recently played and looked very strong. I had the chance to watch almost all of his games and he was a leader and played big minutes in key situations there.
The comments here are absolutely staggering how much they compare to Shea Weber's pre-draft scouting reports, not to mention the Kelowna connection.
NOt saying...just saying.
They are also similar in the sense that they both took interesting routes to the WHL.
Weber was never drafted and was added to Kelowna's PPL after he put up almost 100 points in his second year of bantam.
He then played Junior B, which isn't really unheard of (there are plenty of BC kids that play at least a handful of games in one of the three Jr. B leagues), but he is unique because he played there one season before he was selected in the NHL draft.
Unlike Weber, Severson was drafted, but he was playing house league.
I believe he went from playing bantam AA in 2007-08 to bantam A in 2008-09 (according to this), his WHL draft year, which is apparently house level in Saskatchewan.
He went on to play midget AAA and got his five games in the WHL as a midget affiliate player the following year like most talented kids do, but getting drafted out of house league is pretty rare.