At 6’4” tall, there are few prospects who loom larger than Callan Foote in this year’s draft class. With 6 goals and 57 points, Foote led all Kelowna Rockets defensemen in 2016-17 scoring. Known for his two way game, Callan takes pride in excelling in all three zones and he also draws ice-time on the Rockets’ power play. Despite his lumbering size, Foote plays the game with his smarts more than he does his physicality, as his 77 PIM over the past two seasons can attest. The knock on him is that he is known to struggle moving the puck up ice. Still, given his size and skill, he is considered a top caliber prospect in this upcoming draft.
Scouting Report via Jeff Marek:
Will be a 12-year NHLer. A really solid, safe pick.
Why a fit with the Winnipeg Jets:
By and large, Callan Foote has all the makings of a Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman as they tend to covet players of his stature. From the scouting reports I’ve read on him, many believe he will be a safe play for any team that drafts him. Winnipeg’s believed derth on the blue line has been noted and it wouldn’t surprise me at all should Callan Foote be finding a 204 area code on June 23rd.
Cons to the Selection:
I’ll be honest in saying that I came into this profile with a bias against Foote. However, upon review, I’ve come to grow on him somewhat. While I believe there will be a glut of defensemen available to the Jets at the thirteenth pick that have a higher upside than Foote, I wouldn’t discredit the pick should I be wrong. Yes, I have a much higher grade on Juusso Valimaki than Foote, but I’m just one guy who doesn’t necessairly know what he’s talking about. His 0.44 primary points per game do give me pause, but they are numbers that are still transferrable to NHL talent. So come what may; I won’t be outwardly critical should Winnipeg draft Foote.
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