At the WHL blog, WHL From Above, CJ lists out the 25 players to watch in the WHL this season.
Ranked 21st was Rangers prospect Shane McColgan.
On McColgan, he writes, “He’s going to get top line minutes, likely quarterback a power play and will be counted on as a leader. He’s also been considered by some to be arguably the most dynamic and skillful player the Blades have had in the last decade.”
McColgan was traded from Kelowna to Saskatoon and will play in the Memorial Cup which is being held in Saskatoon.
Guy Flaming, at Coming Down The Pipe, ranks the Saskatoon Blades second in his WHL Eastern Conference preview and said that adding McColgan was a good move that could turn out to be a great move if he realizes some of the potential that was set out for him when he started his WHL career.
Taken in the 2011 NHL draft in the 5th (134th overall) round, the undersized forward (5’8/165) was once deemed to be a late 1st rounder to early 2nd rounder. Shane McColgan has great speed with an edge to his game. McColgan was the runner-up to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Rookie of the Year in 2010 at the junior level. Watching a few of his games last season, McColgan backed down from no-one, but needs to be more consistent and discipline without the puck if he intends to make it to the next level.
McColgan’s junior career parallels with another former Ranger who is similar in size and also had an edge to his game and that is George McPhee. Comparing their junior stats, it’s remarkable how close they were. I would say that McColgan possesses much more speed and offensive skills than McPhee and should have a more productive career in terms of scoring and length of service at the NHL level. McColgan is expected to spend at least two more seasons in junior hockey before turning pro.
At Rangers Development camp, Andrew Gross says at Ranger Rants that McColgan was one of the standout players but even with a strong camp, he knows he still has a lot of work ahead of him.
“Honestly, I probably need a little development in the minors for a few years. But you never know. I’m going to work my hardest. Obviously, my goal every year is to make the big club. I think that should be everyone’s mindset coming in. It’s been my dream to make the NHL and I’m going to strive for that.”
On McColgan, Gordie Clark said last season, “You have to have speed, you have to have some skill, and you have to have an attitude, he’s got all three.”
“We’re pleased to bring in a player like Shane McColgan,” said Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken. “He’s a dynamic offensive player that also brings grit, versatility and hard work to the table. He’s also a guy that brings in some solid playoff experience, something we will need going forward into next season.”
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks said that McColgan was the most noticeable 18-year old on the ice.
Shane McColgan is a lot of fun to watch. Full of vinegar, he will go into traffic, fight for the puck, never give up and then come up with a scoring chance. He seems to defy his 5’9″ frame. For an 18 year old rookie, he looked very impressive this afternoon.
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McColgan is my pick for the guy to have a big season and then be the talk of prospects camp and then Traverse City next year. Everything written about him, above, talks about how fearless he is, his attitude and his skills. He seemed pretty laid back in his interview with Dave Maloney, but brings a different attitude onto the ice.