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Pats Prospect Update Pt. 4

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Regina, Sask. — Leading up to this week’s WHL Prospects Draft, the Regina Pats will be providing an update on the current state of its prospect pool, including both signed and unsigned prospects in a four-part series. The first three parts were released last week.

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In today’s final part, we look at the listed players, plus un-signed selections from the 2021 Draft. Tomorrow, we preview the upcoming draft.

*Note: The order of these prospects are done by position and alphabetically.

Kolten Bridgeman: 2006-born Defenceman – Regina Vics U18 AA

Bridgeman, 16, was listed by the Pats this winter, and went onto total 23 points (10G-13A) in 34 games with the Regina Vics U18 AA program. The 6-foot, 165 lb. defenceman from Regina, Sask. was also called up for six games with the Regina Pat Canadians.

“I went and saw him play on a trip through Regina and he’s a big kid that’s getting bigger. He moves well, he’s agile and seems to think his way around the ice. Both parents are tall people so we could have a 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-5 defenceman down the road. He seems to show a bit of offence at the level he’s at now, but the next step will be to see if he processes everything quick enough as things speed up.” – Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.

“Kolten is a player I’ve known and coached for five or six years. He’s a big strong defenceman who has a bomb for a shot. He’s aggressive in the corners and he’s good 1-on-1. He makes a good first pass and he’s really coachable. He works very hard and he listens well. He could end up being a big right-handed defenceman for us.” – Regina Pats Travelling Scout Dale Derkatch

Ethan King: 2005-born Defenceman – Okanagan Rockets U17 AAA

King, 16, was listed by the Pats in 2020, and captained the Okanagan Rockets U17 AAA program this past season, totalling 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points in 29 games. The 6-foot-2, 170 lb. defenceman from Kelowna, B.C., led all defencemen in goals at the BC Elite Hockey League U17 AAA level this past season.

“He’s a really nice kid. He moves well out there. He’s a lacrosse player as well so he’s got a little hardness in his game. There’s a lot to like, and you give him a chance, provided he has a good summer of training.” – Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.

Dawson McCann: 2004-born Forward – Northstar Christian Acad 18U AAA

McCann, 17, was listed by the Pats in 2019. The Minot, ND native scored 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 31 games this past season with Northstar Christian Academy. The 6-foot-4, 210 lb. forward won a NAPHL 18U Championship this past year.

“Dawson we haven’t seen for a couple years, but for 6-foot-4, 210 lb. he strides well, he moves well for a big kid, he’s athletic as he played baseball when we listed him…He’s got all the tools to play. All indications are that he wants to come to Regina, even for spring camp.” – Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.

Dru Mushumanski: 2006-born Forward – Parkland Rangers U18 AAA

Mushumanski, 15, played for the Parkland Rangers this past season, scoring 13 points (5G-8A) in 31 contests, including one goal in seven playoff games. The Rossburn, Man. native also played for the Yellowhead Chiefs program for three seasons. The 5-foot-10, 146 lb. forward was drafted by the Pats in the seventh round in 2021.

“I think he’s a kid who has a chance. For a 5-foot-10 kid, he seems to play with some hardness in his game. He competes, he gets involved and he goes to the areas you have to go to get the puck. When I watched him in Brandon, for a young kid playing U18 AAA, I thought he played really well.” – Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.

Carter Ralston: 2006-born Forward – Tisdale Trojans U18 AAA

Ralston, 16, completed his first season of AAA hockey this year, scoring 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points in 44 games with the Tisdale Trojans U18 program. The 6-foot-1, 165 lb. forward from Unity, Sask. was drafted by the Pats in the sixth round of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft.

“He’s got a frame like Beckner and Milburn. He’s longer — he’s got long legs and he strides well. He’s got a good set of hands. When we watched him play, they had him on the point on the power play, which usually indicates that the coaching staff has enough trust in him. He’s one of those kids who has attributes you like as far as size, frame and the way he moves. He’s kind of like a Carter Massier comparable.” – Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.

“The first thing you see when you look at him on the ice is that he look’s like a pro hockey player. His physic, his style, and right from the top down, he looks really shifty and quick. He’s got skill. When I saw him play he skated well and his coaches had him on the point on the power play, so he has some creativity and smarts.” – Regina Pats Travelling Scout Dale Derkatch

Brock Souch: 2006-born Forward – Northern Alberta Xtreme U16 Prep

Souch, 15, is the younger brother of Edmonton Oil Kings overager Carter Souch. The Edmonton, Alta. native tallied 61 points (20G-41A) in 33 games this season with the Northern Alberta Xtreme U16 Prep program, finishing sixth in league scoring. The 5-foot-7, 141 lb. forward was drafted by the Pats in the fifth round of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft.

“Brock is a young player who has to get stronger and they all do. As far as his hockey IQ, he’s just a smart player. He has the ability to be a top-six player. He’s got the vision, and he sees the ice. He just makes plays and makes everyone around him better. He has a chance to be a top-six player by 18-years-old if he gets stronger and if we can recruit him.” – Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.

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