There is quite a Pats connection with one of the club’s new prospects from the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
In the second round of the Draft, the Pats selected forward Samuel Huck from Calgary, Alberta. Huck is a distant relative to Pats great Fran Huck (Samuel’s Grandfather is Fran Huck’s cousin), who put up 304 points in 146 regular season games and added 69 more points in the playoffs, winning a league title in his final season in 1965.
Samuel doesn’t know a lot about the connection, but is very excited to be drafted to Regina. “It was really exciting for me, I was happy to get called that early and I’m just looking forward to playing hockey there. I was happy it was the Pats because my dad used to live in Regina and I have some family out there still.”
Huck had a stellar season in 2018-19, scoring 33 goals and 56 points in 32 games with the Calgary Bisons of the AMBHL and won the Alberta Cup prior to the draft.
“It was a good year for me,” said Huck. “I had some good line mates. I like to use my speed a lot, skate the puck into zones and shoot a lot.”
“He’s an elusive young kid there, he’s got great agility,” said Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin. “Like all young players they have to do their part, grow a bit and put on a bit of bulk over the next couple years. But his hands, his feet, he’s got fast muscle twitch, he moves around the ice really quick and he shared the puck really well with the players he played with this year. We are excited to get him where we got him.”
Huck and the remainder of the Pats 2019 WHL Bantam Draft Class will be in Regina from May 24-26 for Spring Camp at the Co-operators Centre.