As we count on the start of NHL training camps later this month, we take a look at the WHL prospects looking to make a good impression at the next level this season. During the month of September, WHL.ca will be showcasing some of the current and past WHL talent recently drafted or signed into NHL contracts and having played in less than 50 NHL regular season games.
We continue our 32-episode series with a glimpse of the St. Louis Blues prospect pool.
Tyson Galloway – Calgary Hitmen
Defenseman Tyson Galloway has scored four times in 17 appearances for the Calgary Hitmen during the 2020-21 season, building on a strong WHL campaign to be selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NHL Draft by the Blues. St. Louis. The Kamloops, BC product was second among Hitmen defenders with nine points. Originally selected by Calgary in the second round of the 2018 WHL Draft, Galloway tallied 10 points (4G-6A) in 53 appearances for the Hitmen.
– St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 24, 2021
Joel Hofer – Swift Current Broncos / Portland Winterhawks
WHL champion and World Juniors gold medalist Joel Hofer is entering his second professional hockey season after spending the 2020-21 campaign with the AHL Utica Comets. The product of Winnipeg, Man. won the Ed Chynoweth Cup with the Swift Current Broncos in 2018 and was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Hofer ended his WHL career with the Portland Winterhawks, posting a 2.49 goals against average and 0.915 save percentage in 48 appearances with the Winterhawks during the 2019-20 season. He was also part of the Canadian contingent that won gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. Hofer was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Shout at @VictoriaRoyals and their wonderful fans for sharing a great love for Joel Hofer last night in his first World Juniors return match!
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– Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) January 12, 2020
Tanner Kaspick – Brandon Wheat Kings / Victoria Royals
Forward Tanner Kaspick was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. The product of Brandon, Man. spent most of his WHL career with his hometown Wheat Kings, helping Brandon win an Eastern Conference Championship in 2015 and a WHL Championship in 2016, the season he was Named WHL School Player of the Year. Kaspick started the 2017-18 campaign as captain of the Wheat Kings, but was transferred to the Victoria Royals on a successful contract. He scored 27 points in 25 games for Victoria before making his professional debut for Manitoba Moose in the 2018 AHL Playoffs. Last season, Kaspick played 20 games with Utica in the AHL.
– The WHL (@TheWHL) June 25, 2016
Jake Neighbors – Edmonton Oil Kings
The St. Louis Blues’ first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, forward Jake Neighbors has won a Central Division title in each of his three full seasons in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The product of Airdrie, Alta. tallied 70 points (23G-47A) in the 2019-20 season, then posted a league-leading score of +29 in the 2020-21 campaign. Neighbors was first selected fourth overall by Edmonton in the 2017 WHL Draft.
– St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) October 7, 2020