Medicine Hat Tigers/WHL
Height: 6’0″/ Weight: 187 lbs.
Physical Play Average
Offensive Play Excellent
Defensive Play Average
Hockey Sense Excellent
1. Sillinger is the best natural scoring center in the WHL; has an elite release and a really nice shot, that explodes upon release.
2. He is as talented as just about any forward in this draft class with the puck, both one-on-one and in high traffic. His ability to create through or past pressure is borderline elite.
3. Has great skating and puck-handling skills, along with tremendous Hockey instincts, IQ, and vision.
Area’s for Improvement
1. Defensive Consistency
Cole Sillinger has established himself as one of the pure goal scorers in the 2021 draft. Aside from tearing up the WHL offensively, Sillinger shined at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge; h wore the ‘A’ for Canada White and scored five goals in six games as the team finished fourth. Sillinger was consistently one of the most dominant 16-year old players in the WHL, scoring 22 goals and 53 points in 48 games. Cole brings a well-rounded skill set to the table that will make him an attractive target in 2021. His shooting is his greatest attribute; he has a heavy, explosive shot, and his release is definitely NHL-ready. Sillinger can score from anywhere on the ice and doesn’t need much space to release the puck. His skating is strong and explosive, allowing him to power past defenders on the rush; it doesn’t take him many strides to reach his top speed. Despite his weakness on the defensive end, his elite offensive abilities and pure goal-scoring talent still make him a first-round talent. Cole Sillinger should be a top 20 pick just solely based on his goal scoring and offensive potential.
A high scoring offensive forward heavy, explosive shot and will likely be a elite goal scorer
Style Comparison: David Pastrnak
NHL Potential: Elite 6 Goal Scoring Forward
|2018-19||Regina Pat Canadians U18 AAA||SMAAAHL||39||31||76|
|2019-20||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||48||22||53|
|2020-21||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||3||2||2|