2012 NHL TOP PROSPECT PROFILE COLTON SISSONS

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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.

CLICK HERE to watch Sisson’s WHL on Shaw Top Prospect Profile

Colton SissonsKelowna Rockets
Center

Hometown:  North Vancouver, B.C.
D.O.B
:  November 5, 1993
Ht
: 6' 1  
Wt
: 189  
Shoots
: R 
NHL C.S.S. Final Ranking
: 14h among North American skaters

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. 

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.

WHL STATISTICS

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

2011-12

Kelowna Rockets

58

26

15

41

-14

62

2010-11

Kelowna Rockets

63

17

24

41

15

46

Total:

121

43

39

82

1

108

 

Playoffs

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

2012

Kelowna Rockets

4

1

1

2

-7

2

2011

Kelowna Rockets

10

3

3

6

2

6

Total:

14

4

4

8

-5

8

 

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Upcoming WHL.ca 2012 NHL Top Prospect Profiles
May 30 – Colton Sissons, Kelowna Rockets
June 5 – Derek Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
June 7 – Matt Dumba, Red Deer Rebels
June 12 – Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings
June 14 – Morgan Reilly, Moose Jaw Warriors
June 19 – Ryan Murray, Everett Silvertips
June 21 – WHL – NHL Draft, Special Feature

June 22 & 23 – 2012 NHL Draft

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