WHL: Kelowna, Tri-City Add Intriguing ’05s

’05 F Andrew Cristall to Kelowna

NZ Scouts: “Andrew is what I call an enigma prospect. Some teams are going to absolutely love him for the offense he is capable of generating. Some teams are going to shy away from him for his lack of effort on the defensive side of the puck. But love him or not this prospect generates offense better than anyone else in the league whether he is scoring or setting goals up. On the offensive side of the game Andrew’s skating is strong and elusive and he is able to separate when he needs to give him the time and space to use his creativity. His moves are evasive and he can beat defensemen 1 on 1 with his skills. He freezes opponents with his fakes and feints and defensemen and goalies are left guessing whether he is passing or shooting.”

’05 F Ben Stokes to Tri-City Americans

NZ Scouts: “Benjamin showed some good and some immaturity during the weekend but his growth potential is good.  He comes into the zone on the forecheck quick and nasty and more than willing to use his body on opposing defensemen. When in shot position his shot was hard and accurate and he showed the ability to abuse the twine.  He is also goal hungry and will battle and hang around the blue paint to battle for opportunities.”

’04 F Colton Langkow to Vancouver Giants

Langkow was playing for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U15 and U16 teams last season. With the U15 team he appeared in 19 games and scored 11 goals to go with six assists and he also appeared in 10 games for the U16 team. He’s the son of 15-year NHL vet Daymond Langkow, who played his last season in 2011-12 for the Phoenix Coyotes. Langkow’s father also played in the WHL with Tri-City.

’02 F Ryan Hofer to Everett Silvertips

Hofer is from Winnipeg and played at Pursuit of Excellence Prep the last three seasons. This past season he had 26 goals and 25 assists for the team in the CCHL and also had four goals and two assists in three NAPHL games. He’s 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds.