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The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday that they have signed forward Adam Beckman to a WHL Standard Player Agreement. The Chiefs drafted Beckman in the fifth round, 96th overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
Beckman joins Spokane 2016 bantam draftees Luke Toporowski, Eric Van Impe and Carter Chorney with the Chiefs. Him signing means that their top-four picks in that draft have all committed to play in Spokane.
According to thescoutingnews.com, Beckman overcame being small by utilizing his skill at “hiding and perfectly timing his rhythm to hit an open space for a breakout pass.” He’s listed at six-foot and 160 pounds so he has grown a ton since his bantam days.
Last season with the Battleford Stars of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League, Beckman scored 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points and added 18 penalty minutes in 44 games. He averaged 0.93 points per game overall. The Saskatoon native added a goal and an assist in the Chiefs annual Red/White game Sunday, helping convince the Chiefs brass to sign him to an SPA.
Before last season, Beckman spent the last three seasons in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League (SBAAHL) totaling 52 goals and 33 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 64 games. He averaged 1.33 points per game in that span.
Beckman joins the already talented forward group in Spokane that consists of Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Beckman is one of those players that can create partial separation and also give himself time and space to let him do what he does best.
Spokane Chiefs general manager Scott Carter on Adam Beckman via the team press release “We came into training camp with high expectations for Adam and he did not disappoint, he worked hard and proved that he is ready to make the next step. We are very excited to have him as a part of the Chiefs organization.”
With Beckman inked, the Chiefs can set their sights on the other six players in that 2016 bantam draft class. Of those six, Jake Hale and Ethan Leyh have already committed to the NCAA, with Hale planning on playing with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Leyh heading to go play for the University of Wisconsin.
Beckman will travel with the team to Everett for Spokane’s first preseason game of the 2017-2018 campaign against the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, 3 p.m. at the Xfinity Arena in Everett.