Weight: 187 pounds
DOB: Nov. 5, 1993
Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Colton Sissons isn't going to blow you away in any one area of the game, but he is a complete player that is going to be a very valuable asset in the NHL.
Standing at 6'1", 187 pounds, Sissons has the build of a prototypical National Hockey League power forward and, indeed, his game reflects his size. Aside from his effectiveness in all three zones and ability to contribute on both special teams, the Vancouver native is a high-energy forward who drives the net, loves to hit and loves to score. Sissons uses his build to his advantage on the ice and when you have the kind of size he does, the advantage is valuable.
What scouts love about Sissons—beyond his game—are his leadership qualities. He was named captain of the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets as a 17-year-old last season, and was also named captain of Team Orr at the CHL Top Prospects Game. He stands up for his teammates, sacrifices his body for the good of his squad and takes responsibility for his team's defeats, qualities that are going to make him an NHL captain some day.
In 58 games with the Kelowna Rockets this season, Sissons scored 26 goals with 15 assists for 41 points; while his points production didn't improve from 2010-11, the numbers showed enough to solidify his place as one of the top prospects in the draft class. He also racked up 62 penalty minutes, displaying his nastier side, but also recorded a minus-13 rating—though this is more representative of the strength of his Rockets team than of his defensive ability.
It isn't Sissons' point production, however, that is going to make him a valuable player in the NHL, but rather his leadership, unselfishness and determination. Sissons' ability to make those around him better is a sought-after quality, and whoever drafts him will be lucky to secure his services.
Central Scouting had Colton Sissons ranked as the 14th-best North American skater in the draft.
Analysis: Sissons could have been handmade for a role on an NHL third line. He will anchor a checking line in his future and will be a strong power-play specialist and penalty killer.