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Had a chance to go to the scrimmage today, which was a step up in intensity from yesterday. Focht was one guy who drew my interest because he stands out as being one of the smaller guys out there. Despite that, his IQ and good fundamental game come through on the ice as a center. It was evident that he changed his game to play at a higher level of competition and was exclusively making simple, safe plays. That's not a bad, especially at this stage of his career, but I think he can show more as he get's bigger, stronger, faster and generally more comfortable against better players. 

 

He reminds me of McCann, who I really liked, but without the same wicked shot. Good fundamental player who needs to add a considerable amount of muscle to play the same way at the next level. If he shows well this year and then continues to develop in Utica, I think there's a decent chance he could be a player. 

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Keeping it simple until you get up to speed can be a smart thing. We'll see how he progresses.

 

On 9/11/2019 at 4:36 PM, SID.IS.SID.ME.IS.ME said:

I guess ask the teammates too?

 

Seeing as he was known as a 2 way player. ;) 

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Focht scored the game-tying goal, then the game winning goal in OT.  Named first star for his efforts.

 

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https://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/ben-kuzma-fifth-round-2019-pick-carson-focht-may-be-a-diamond-in-rough

 

Ben Kuzma: Fifth-round 2019 pick Carson Focht may be a diamond in rough

 

Passed over in the 2018 draft, Carson Focht displayed a growing game at prospects camp

Carson Focht is making quite the first impression with a second chance.

 

Passed over in the 2018 NHL draft, the Calgary Hitmen centre was selected in the fifth round by the Vancouver Canucks on June 22 at Rogers Arena on the strength of a strong WHL season in which the Regina native amassed 64 points (26-38) in 68 games.

He then followed his draft selection with another good effort last month at the World Junior Summer Showcase in which he played a solid two-way game and showed off some soft hands.

 

“He made a really big impression on me in the (June) development camp,” Canucks senior director of player development Ryan Johnson, who also serves as general manager of the Utica Comets, said Monday after the three-day prospects camp wrapped up at Rogers Arena. “He’s a powerful kid and he has a year on the more recent drafts, but he’s got a great skating stride and a powerful foundation and some snarl to his game — which I love.

 

“He just jumped off the page and we wanted him to have the experience here and take the confidence into main camp and rub shoulders with our group there. I’m expecting a big year from him. I was picking the brain of Judd Brackett (Canucks director of amateur scouting) on him and how did he get passed over and go that late again?

 

“I don’t view players as to where they were picked, I just view them as a bunch of players and he just looks like he belongs. And that was one of the biggest takes from development camp and this (prospects camp). This wasn’t an evaluation based camp, we had drills so they could put their best foot forward and when we watch main camp for them to be in their best places.”

 

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Carson Focht, shown here during Vancouver Canucks prospect camp, had 64 points in the WHL last season. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

Focht attended the Boston Bruins prospects camp a year ago but being part of an organization, instead of an invitee, isn’t lost on him. It’s only fuelled his desire.

 

“It’s a huge honour and I didn’t care where I went in the draft. But I was very happy and I want to prove to them (Canucks) that they made the right decision,” said the 6-foot, 177-pound Focht.

 

“It’s a very pro environment around here and I’m learning something every day, whether that’s talking to coaches or little things in the game or working with the skating coach. I can take a lot back from that but to play at the next level I know I need to get faster and strengthen my game.

 

“A lot of these guys are a lot bigger and pretty much men and for battling in the corners, I need to get in the weight room a lot more to hold off guys and make quick plays down low.”

 

Focht doesn’t want to put a label on his late-blooming career, but did cite a trade from the Tri-City Americans to the Hitmen as being a key cog in his development. He’ll be joined next WHL season by defenceman Jett Woo, the Canucks second-round 2018 pick, who was traded in the off-season by the Moose Jaw Warriors.

 

“Maybe I didn’t get the opportunity earlier in my WHL career, but I was fortunate to be traded where I really fit in,” added Focht. “And I like to think I played GM a bit there and helped get Jett there in the deal. We talked about it for a while and he’s going to be a real presence in our locker-room and on the ice.”

Focht didn’t really know what to expect in this past draft.

 

There were some conversations with the Canucks during last season but nothing to indicate something tangible. He wasn’t even in Vancouver for the draft because he was participating in a charity 3-on-3 event for Humboldt Broncos forward Adam Herold, who died in the tragic bus crash.

“It was pretty special to be there with all my buddies and my family back in Regina,” he said. “It was a very special day. I didn’t play with him (Herold) but got to know him through training camps around the area.”

 

OVERTIME: Travis Green has more than a passing interest in ongoing negotiations to get restricted free agent winger Brock Boeser signed to an extension before main camp. “I want him at camp badly,” said the Canucks coach. “I know he loves the game and I want it for him and I know he doesn’t not want to be here. I want him to be here for his teammates and to help us win. Being here early in camp is really important. You miss that time and it’s hard. The first three days of pace sets you up. Your body gets pushed and recovers and gets pushed and recovers and that takes you to the first game of the year. I do understand the business side of it, but I also learned not to worry about the things you can’t control.”

 

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On 9/28/2019 at 11:44 AM, AlwaysACanuckFan said:

Nice to see him score twice. 

With both Focht and Woo on the Hitmen I am going to have to make a couple trips to Calgary to watch them...

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So hard to predict these late pick CHL guys potential. Guys like Lind and Cassels looked like sure fire NHLers coming up and now I’m not so sure about Lind.

 

At Focht’s age the high point totals should be a given. Let’s hope he has a well rounded game and good skating to help him reach the next level.

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Can anyone recall, an overage CHL'er that was drafted who went on to have a long career in the NHL? 

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9 minutes ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

Can anyone recall, an overage CHL'er that was drafted who went on to have a long career in the NHL? 

https://theleafsnation.com/2017/06/16/why-overage-players-could-be-found-money-in-the-2017-nhl-entry-draft/

 

According to this article Callahan and Simmonds were overage picks if I read the graphic correctly? 

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19 minutes ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

Can anyone recall, an overage CHL'er that was drafted who went on to have a long career in the NHL? 

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It seems with Focht we can't lose. Worst case he turns into an AHLer with the ability to fill in at the NHL level. Best case he turns into a regular NHL'er.

Win/win. 

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4 hours ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

It seems with Focht we can't lose. Worst case he turns into an AHLer with the ability to fill in at the NHL level. Best case he turns into a regular NHL'er.

Win/win. 

  hes like gaudette a steal in 5th round  hes making team canada at world juniors this yr thats unreal basically first rounder potential   brackett and benning are so good at the draft  focht at best case scenario could be a good 2nd liner no complaints there 

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5 hours ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

Can anyone recall, an overage CHL'er that was drafted who went on to have a long career in the NHL? 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Ray_Cathode said:

 

 

So more likely making the NHL, but the ceiling isn't so high. That makes sense. But I'm still rooting for the guy. 

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