2018-19 Workforce: Spokane Chiefs (#34)Date of Delivery: Might 10, 2001Place of Delivery: Saskatoon, SaskatchewanHt: 6-foot-1 Wt: 168 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: CentreNHL Draft Eligibility: 2019 first-year eligible
Throughout the Western Hockey League, rookie ahead Brayden Tracey made the bounce to the Dub and pushed his means into the periphery of the primary spherical dialog with some gaudy offensive numbers. Fellow rookie ahead Adam Beckman might not have had such showy scoring totals, however he might be an excellent worth proposition early within the 2019 NHL Draft.
Adam Beckman of the Spokane Chiefs. (Larry Brunt/Spokane Chiefs)
A fifth spherical choose by the Spokane Chiefs within the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, the thought was that possibly Beckman would mature and translate his uncooked expertise into some consistency on the ice. He spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons within the Saskatchewan midget ranks, progressing from being a strong scorer in his first season to being the circuit’s high participant in his second.
Beckman got here into Spokane to start the 2018-19 season with some questions on how his offense would translate. He ended up having six fewer factors than Kootenay ICE ahead Peyton Krebs and one fewer level than Kelowna Rockets ahead Nolan Foote. In comparison with WHL forwards his age, Beckman was sixth in factors, fourth in objectives, fourth in even power factors and second in objectives.
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The problem for scouts concerning Beckman is attempting to challenge him. He’s progressed a ton over the previous three seasons – remodeling from a very uncooked midget prospect into a reasonably constant offensive contributor within the WHL. However he solely has one season in main junior and provided that small pattern dimension (relative to different WHL draft prospects) is determining if his recreation has one other gear left to discover, or if his improvement is near topping out.
Due to that uncertainty, Beckman is a participant that might probably be discovered as late because the third spherical of the 2019 NHL Draft. If a staff believes that he can proceed to develop, and is prepared to be affected person and assist him alongside, a participant of his dimension and ending means might be tremendously beneficial organizational depth (if no more).
Adam Beckman – NHL Draft Projection
Based mostly on forecasts and rankings, Beckman is more likely to be chosen someday between the center of the second spherical and the top of the third spherical.
“The one factor about Adam is he’s bought nice offensive instincts and he confirmed that final season (in Battlefords)… You don’t all the time know if it’s gonna translate within the Western (Hockey) League at a better degree, however his instincts are that good. He appears to know the place the online is … and over the past month and a half he’s actually proven confidence in his play-making means as properly.” – Dan Lambert, Spokane Chiefs head coach (in April 2019)
Merely put: I’ve points with anybody who can’t decently create stress on a forecheck. It’s why I like Adam Beckman a lot and Foote not a lot.— Joel Henderson (@dathockeydoe) Might 9, 2019Strengths
Performs with loads of tempo, significantly on the forecheck.Robust finisher, significantly within the space proper across the web.Efficient distributor of the puck within the offensive zone.Beneath Development (Enhancements to Make)
Might want to add some muscle to face up to the bodily battles at larger ranges of hockey.Must proceed to develop his recreation away from the puck, significantly his positioning within the defensive zone.Different 2019 NHL Draft Profiles
Beckman initiatives as a center six middle on the NHL degree. If he can fill out bodily and preserve creating his two-way recreation, there’s a greater likelihood of him attending to the upward half of that trajectory. If he retains progressing, his recreation may resemble Ryan Dzingel’s.
Danger – 1/5, Reward – three.5/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential
Offense 7.5/10, Protection 7/10
Beckman was named the highest ahead within the SMHL in 2017-18.