The Vancouver Giants have some exciting prospects in the pipeline. From the US Prospects Draft to the Bantam Draft, the future of the Giants is very bright. Here are some updates on a few of the teams prospects.
Philippe Blais-Savoie- 2020 First Round Pick: US Draft
Philippe Blais-Savoie is lighting up the USA High School California League. As a defenceman, he has scored 24 goals in 11 games and leads his team with 39 points. He has great size at 6’0” and looks to be a stud offensive defenceman. The Giants have had some success with California born defenceman in the past so the hope is they have found another in Blais-Savoie who can help lead them to a Memorial Cup.
Brady Smith- 2020 Sixth Round Pick: Bantam Draft
Brady Smith has started to show his offensive side this season with 23 points in 31 games. The 16-year-old defenceman continues to impress in the Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League U18 and is rounding into form as the season heads towards the finish line. If Smith has a good training camp, it will not be surprising to see him don the Giants jersey next season.
Drake Murray- 2021 Second Round Pick: US Draft
Just like Blais-Savoie, Drake Murray is a California born defenceman who knows how to score. This season, he has 45 points in 41 games in the 16U AAA division, and has great size at 6’1”, 179 pounds. He looks to have a bright future ahead and the hope is he will push for a spot with the team next season and start bringing his goal scoring touch to the LEC.
Matthew Hutchison- 2021 Third Round Pick: Bantam Draft
Fans may already know of Matthew Hutchison as he has backed up for the Giants in a few games already this season. The 6’2” goaltender is currently with Cowichan Valley of the BCHL and has shown some promise. In a game against the Vernon Vipers, he stopped 51 of 53 shots to capture his first career BCHL win. Jesper Vikman and Will Gurski are both over agers next season so Hutchison has a real shot to be on the Giants next season.
Connor Miller- 2021 Seventh Round Pick: Bantam Draft
Connor Miller plays in the same league as Brady Smith and is making his mark for the Moose Jaw Warriors U18 AAA. He has 34 points in 36 games and helped Team Saskatchewan make it to the Semi-Finals of this year’s WHL Cup. Although the forward was taken in the seventh round, he is an exciting prospect that Giants fan should be paying attention for.
Good Prospect Depth for the Giants
Overall, the Giants have a very deep prospect pool. They have quite a few defenceman that could be difference makers, a couple of goalies who project to be WHL caliber and forwards who know how to put the puck in the net. The next few seasons should be exciting as these prospects start to join the team. Look out as the Giants are locked and loaded for the next few seasons.