Before the 2019-20 season starts, I’ll be taking a look at the Silvertips roster and breaking down some key points that will certainly be topics of discussion as the offseason trickles away and training camp begins.
One major point of contention: as of today, the Silvertips will potentially have eight ’99 born players. These players are all going into their overage season. The Western Hockey League rulebook states that teams can only keep three.
Here’s a breakdown of the eight ’99 born players. These skaters could potentially return this season.
Lucas Cullen, C
Cullen was called up in mid-march as an affiliate player to add depth to Everett’s roster for the playoffs. He adjusted well to the team, after playing 48 games across three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen. Following his stint with the Hitmen, Cullen was sent to the West Kelowna Warriors in the BCHL, where he was a point per game player in his 2018-19 campaign. Cullen also added a few more points when he appeared in 12 games with Everett. As he was such a late addition to the team with 2 regular season and 10 postseason games, Cullen will be one to watch during training camp. He has shown flashes of his offensive abilities, but did not have time to show his full potential.
Max Patterson, RW
Patterson was acquired in early December to add more offensive depth to the Silvertips team, and he delivered. He surpassed his point totals for the previous season (24 points in 72 games), ending the year with 39 points (14G, 25A) in just 63 games. Max Patterson no doubt has a very large presence on the ice, clocking in at 6’5″, 205 pounds. He used his size throughout the season to deliver hard hits, even showing he was not afraid to drop the gloves when necessary.
Riley Sutter, RW
Sutter played his entire junior career in Everett and, coming from a family lineage of hockey glory, was held to high standards when he arrived as a rookie. His offensive production continued to rise each season. His 2018-19 campaign became a point per game season despite an injury that left him sidelined for a good portion of the year. Sutter participated in the 2018 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, as well as the 2018 CIBC Canada/Russia Series. After being drafted 93rd overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, Sutter signed a three year Entry Level Contract with the team in the fall of 2018. He is expected to play professional hockey this upcoming season, potentially not returning to Everett for his overage season.
Bryce Kindopp, RW
Kindopp is another player that has spent his entire junior tenure in Everett. His 19-year-old season was his breakout season. He scored more than a point per game, with 39 goals and 34 assists in 67 regular season contests, good for 73 points. Kindopp’s impressive season gained the attention of NHL Central Scouting. He finally cracked the Final draft rankings at #170, after being absent from the list all year. Although he was passed over in the draft, Kindopp attended development camp with the Colorado Avalanche. His leadership was also a highlight of his season, serving as alternate captain and taking a notable step up on the ice during games. He has also doubled his point totals each season, poising himself for a stellar overage year.
Connor Dewar, C
Dewar is yet another player that has been solid for his entire junior career. After being named rookie of the year for Everett during his 2015-16 season, he has made strides in many different categories. Every season has seen an increase in points for Dewar. In his rookie season, he ended with 18 points, and in his 19-year-old season, he tallied 81. Connor was also named Captain for the 2018-19 season, only a few weeks after Everett was eliminated from the WHL Finals. His leadership and offensive prowess also caught the attention of the NHL. He was drafted 92nd overall (the pick before teammate Riley Sutter) by the Minnesota Wild. In early March, Dewar signed a three year ELC with Minnesota. He is expected to play professional hockey this year, and therefore could potentially not return to Everett for his overage season.
Robbie Holmes, LW
Holmes was acquired via trade from Regina on trade deadline day. He has an abundance of not just WHL experience, but post-season experience as well. He was on the Pats team that advanced to the finals against Seattle in 2017. Robbie also suited up in the Memorial Cup when Regina played host in 2018. Holmes is an aggressive forward who is not afraid to be physical. He has good size at 6’2″ and 190 pounds, and uses his body to intercept plays very well. Holmes attended training camp with the Colorado Avalanche in 2018.
Jake Christensen, D
Christensen has also spent his junior career in Everett, where he has blossomed into more of a two-way defenseman over the last few seasons. Not only does he effectively protect Everett’s blue line, earning him trips to development camps with Calgary (2018) and St. Louis (2019), but he also chips in offensively. Jake is a regular on the power play, scoring the most goals with the man advantage (6) out of any defensemen on the Silvertips in 2018-19. He also recorded his first career hat trick against Portland in February, becoming the first defenseman to net a hat trick in franchise history.
Wyatte Wylie, D
Wylie is Everett’s homegrown talent, as he is the first player from Everett Youth Hockey to suit up for the Silvertips. He has proven to be a very solid defenseman and is not afraid to be physical when he needs to be. Similar to other Everett defenders, Wyatte also has an offensive side, ending the 2018-19 season with 47 points (11G, 36A). His physical presence on the ice is strong, and he has great on-ice awareness that puts him in the right place at the right time. Wylie was drafted 127th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. He has not signed a contract with Philadelphia yet, but has attended development camp the last two years.
Everett has a solid pool of overagers to pick from as they enter the 2019-20 season. If Dewar, Sutter, and potentially Wylie move up to professional hockey this year, this will still leave a total of five overagers on the roster for Everett. The Silvertips will no doubt be making moves as the mid-October overage deadline inches closer. Once the deadline hits, they will have to trim the roster to three ’99 born players.