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Strong physical checking centre with terrific tools that make offensive success against him difficult. Hard checking North-South skater who will blow through the neutral zone. Good stop/start player who quickly gets back when possession changes flow. Good open-ice hitter. Ties up his check after the face off and covers well in all the defensive fundamentals. Uses his stick to angle off attackers and fights hard for pucks all over. The offensive side will have to come as he develops.

 

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9 minutes ago, bigbadcanucks said:

Seems like a hard-working, honest-effort, mature hockey player.  Sort of the anti-Virtanen (sorry, I couldn't help myself...I hope my hate for Virtanen isn't showing).  Good signing for the Johnny Canucks.

 

https://saskatoonblades.com/video/draft-preview-wouters-hoping-hard-work-pays-off

 

June 22, 2018

 

Draft Preview: Wouters hoping hard work pays off
by Tyler Wawryk
 

Work, work, and more work. That’s what’s on the menu for Chase Wouters 365 days a year and the 18-year-old Lloydminster product wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

For the past two seasons in Saskatoon there has been one thing fans can expect when they come to the rink; a full, honest, 110% effort from #44. After posting 21 points in his rookie season as a 16-year-old, Chase Wouters climbed up the rankings in his sophomore season. He took on a top-six role with the Blades centering a line between Braylon Shmyr and Josh Paterson. The trio made up the most potent offensive line for the Blades while Wouters more than doubled his point totals finishing the season with 51.

 

However, offense is only one part of the package when it comes to Chase Wouters. He prides himself on being a complete player on both sides of the puck and in all situations. Never shy to lay down and block a shot, drop the gloves to stand up for a teammate, or take a hit in order to make a play. Plus the constant, relentless pursuit to win every battle on the ice. And that’s just in games. If you’re not giving it your all in practice, he will hold you accountable.

1S75_8580 Chase Wouters accepting the Blades’ Hardest Working Player Award from former Blades captain, Warren Peters & son.

Wouters has been named the Saskatoon Blades ‘Hardest Working Player’ in each of his two season with the team and it’s probably the only team award that created zero debate. So naturally, Wouters work ethic and presence is enough to be called a leader but of course he works at his leadership qualities, too.

 

Fast forward to this past season when Wouters found his jersey to a be a tad heavier on the left side due to a crisp letter ‘A’ being sewn on. In fact, he will be the only returning Blade who wore a letter on his sweater last year creating speculation he could be the next captain.

 

“Yeah it’s something I’ve thought about but it doesn’t really change anything for me,” said Wouters. “I just try to do my thing, I keep in touch with the guys, and most of all I’m just excited to get back to Saskatoon and get going again.”

 

Wouters admits when he first broke into the WHL he wasn’t really aware of the process to properly take care of his body. But he watched and learned from teammates such as Libor Hájek (New York Rangers) and Cameron Hebig (Edmonton Oilers).

 

“I think all the players noticed them, they were the guys always in the gym, always taking care of their body, so learning how to do that and the importance of it I think has really helped me and will continue to help.”

 

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Don’t expect anything different away from the rink, either. Chase was named the Eastern Conference Scholastic Player of the Year this past season for efforts in school. With graduation on the horizon, Wouters attained honours student status throughout all three years of high school, maintaining an 89% average in Grade 10, a 90% average in Grade 11, and an 89% average in Grade 12.

 

During the off-season, Wouters has worked at a local golf course in his hometown but has decided to make the switch to something a little more labour intensive this summer. Starting in July, Chase will be tossing on the coveralls in the oilfield to work for a family friend’s company.

“I kinda like doing the hard work, a little more labour. The golf course was nice but there’s a little more sitting around. I like to keep moving,” explained Wouters. As mentioned earlier, the kid prefers a steady diet of work.

 

That work-ethic also earned Chase a spot on Canada’s National U-18 squad in April at the World Under 18 Championships in Russia. Despite a disappointing finish for Canada, Wouters managed to get on the scoresheet with 2 goals and 3 points in 5 tournament games.

 

Now this weekend is something Chase has admittedly had on his mind for quite some time, but he insists not putting too much weight on the outcome.

 

“It’s kind of always in the back of your mind, since the beginning of the season. But I was given a great opportunity to play with some really good linemates in Saskatoon that obviously helped out,” said Wouters from his home in Lloydminster. “Going over to Russia was an amazing experience and anytime you can represent your country it’s a huge honour. So at the end of the day I think it was a good year for me on a personal level and whatever happens this weekend I know it will be good.”

 

Wouters’ final ranking on the NHL’s Central Scouting list was 92nd among North American skaters.

 

Wouters will be taking in the NHL Draft with his family via satellite dish at their cabin this weekend. Elsewhere, friends and fans of Saskatoon’s number 44 will await to see which NHL team will reward Chase for his hard work.

 

Any idea why he didn't get drafted? Ranked 92nd for North American skates would suggest a reasonable shot at being a late round pick.

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On 7/22/2021 at 2:25 PM, Rick Blight said:

Any idea why he didn't get drafted? Ranked 92nd for North American skates would suggest a reasonable shot at being a late round pick.

Sorry @Rick Blight...I knew nothing of Chase Wouters until I did a google search on him.  I'm just a distribution point for information for the world wide web.

 

EDIT-1 (July 22, 2021):

 

After a little more digging, it looks like Chase Wouters impressed enough at the Tampa Bay Development camp in 2018 to be invited to the main camp...also looks like he attended the Ducks Development camp (maybe in 2019, pre-pandemic). 

 

EDIT-2 (July 24, 2021):

 

Was just thinking that the Canucks haven't had a lot of Western League content in their system.  Glad Wouters has been signed.  Seems like a high character/hard-working kid.  Wish him great success which will lead to an NHL contract. 

 

Would love to see Carter Bancks and Wasey Hamilton signed to AHL contracts to add some AHL experience to the Johnny Canucks lineup.  Also, if Jujhar Khaira can't land an NHL contract, he would be a great addition to the farm team.  Hopefully Ryan Johnson has a decent sized budget to sign good junior over-agers and a couple more vets.

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8 minutes ago, DeNiro said:

Sounds like Alexander Mallet.

 

Remember when we used a 2nd round pick to draft him.

 

Glad our drafting is no longer on that level.

Horrible, just horrible memories.

 

I KNEW that pick was going to be bad, but hoped otherwise.

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16 minutes ago, Dazzle said:

Horrible, just horrible memories.

 

I KNEW that pick was going to be bad, but hoped otherwise.

Here’s the kicker.

 

7 out of the next 9 picks went on to play over 100 nhl games.

 

5 out of the next 9 went on to play over 300 nhl games (Martinook, Severson, Shore, Pelech, Vesey) 

 

Two others have played 258 and 160 (Khaira and Korpisalo)

 

Gillis and his scouts could have thrown a dart at the draft rankings and made a better pick.

 

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4 minutes ago, DeNiro said:

Here’s the kicker.

 

7 out of the next 9 picks went on to play over 100 nhl games.

 

5 out of the next 9 went on to play over 300 nhl games (Martinook, Severson, Shore, Pelech, Vesey) 

 

Two others have played 258 and 160 (Khaira and Korpisalo)

 

Gillis and his scouts could have thrown a dart at the draft rankings and made a better pick.

 

Mallet wasn't even ranked during this part of the round. It was such a reach that it was going to fail regardless of what happened. He was never going to live up to the expectations of a DEEP 2nd round that year. Just absolutely poor valuation skills.

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1 hour ago, Dazzle said:

Mallet wasn't even ranked during this part of the round. It was such a reach that it was going to fail regardless of what happened. He was never going to live up to the expectations of a DEEP 2nd round that year. Just absolutely poor valuation skills.

We could have waited till the 5th or 6th round to take a flyer on Mallet. Never understood this pick at the time, he wasn't on any teams radar as I recall. 

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56 minutes ago, VegasCanuck said:

We could have waited till the 5th or 6th round to take a flyer on Mallet. Never understood this pick at the time, he wasn't on any teams radar as I recall. 

I don’t understand why GMs and scouts go all gaga over overage players that dominate in juniors...they are dominant because they are playing against teenage boys!! 

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3 hours ago, Rick Blight said:

Longest serving captain in Saskatoon Blades history and high praise from his GM.

 

After the game, Blades general manager told Wouters that the Blades would be retiring that jersey.

“Nobody’s ever going to wear 44 for this club again,” assured Priestner.

“As far as I’m concerned, 44 belongs to you. You embody everything what it means to be a Saskatoon Blade. I couldn’t be more proud of you.”

WOW, that's unreal to hear. Quite obviously this is a great signing.

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3 hours ago, Rick Blight said:

Longest serving captain in Saskatoon Blades history and high praise from his GM.

 

After the game, Blades general manager told Wouters that the Blades would be retiring that jersey.

“Nobody’s ever going to wear 44 for this club again,” assured Priestner.

“As far as I’m concerned, 44 belongs to you. You embody everything what it means to be a Saskatoon Blade. I couldn’t be more proud of you.”

That says more to me than a breakdown of his skating, shot, or whatever else.

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