With good size and a lethal shot, Sissons undoubtedly projects on the high end as a top-6 winger in the NHL. His game is not without question marks, though – as he currently has a team-worst -15 rating. Sissons could also benefit from using his teammates better as evidenced by his low assist totals, however has certainly shown a knack for being a hard worker on the ice. Sissons was recently named captain of his team for the upcoming CHL top prospects game, which proves his ability to lead by example on the ice. Look for Sissons to continue to put up impressive goal scoring numbers, while also continuing to improve his all-around game leading up to the draft.
Big bodied winger Colton Sissons may not have improved on his overall point total from his rookie season, however he did step up and score 9 more goals, finishing with 26 on the season. Sissons uses his large frame to battle for pucks in the hard areas, and has quick hands around the net. While only 18-years-old, Sissons was thrust into a larger role with a younger Kelowna team this season, and though he didn’t produce huge numbers, his all-around game continued to improve. Sissons will have to work on his foot speed and will also have to show that he can score on a more consistent basis, but certainly has the tools to be a good two-way winger at the next level.
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.
There's no shortage of holes when looking at Vancouver's prospects. To that end HF has Vancouver pegged at 29th with only San Jose having a shorter supply of young talent in the pipeline. Consider in net no one after Eddie Lack feels like an NHL candidate. At right wing Anton Rodin and Jensen are there in addition to Zach Kassian, but nothing to get excited behind them. Don't even bother with the left wing unless FOTB Bill Sweatt can punch a ticket into the line-up. Defense is where Vancouver is strongest with Tanev, Connauton and Sauve along with interesting projects in Polasek, Corrado and McNally.
It wouldn't be shocking to see Vancouver go back to the well with another defensive selection, but since I'm in charge of this fairy tale I'm taking a center. They badly need another option down the middle, especially if Schroeder doesn't show at camp ready to step in for Kesler. I hesitate to bring the name Hodgson up, but trading him left the cupboard bare, too bare for my liking. So no matter what Gillis does I hope he finds a way to get some quality prospects at the center spot.
Sissons has all the markings of a game changer as either a second or third line center. The fact he's the Rocket's captain already rings more like a Hodgson blue chipper which is exactly what this team needs. His development suggests he can compete at any level and his glowing projections indicate he shouldn't tail off into Nathan Smith land. Unlike Hodgson he'd come with a high pedigree of defensive soundness and a willingness to crash and bang if he has to. If Vancouver can't have him, pray to your deity of preference he doesn't end up in Boston, Chicago and now LA.
What position should Vancouver target in the first round?
Goalie (6 votes)
Defense (69 votes)
Left Wing (19 votes)
Right Wing (19 votes)
Center (50 votes)
163 total votes