Novak on NHL radar
Photo: Marissa Baker
Typically, Western Hockey League players get into the opening troll of the newest season in early October.
But, as we all know, this is no ordinary year.
Instead of practicing Line Rush and Fore Checking strategies, junior-age players expect to hear their name within the next 48 hours during the NHL entry draft.
The draft was postponed until tomorrow and Wednesday as the NHL season plummeted due to COVID-19.
Kelowna Rockets forward Powell Novak hopes to be one of the lucky ones to get a call from an NHL team.
The Czech production ranks 85th in the NHL Central Scouting’s North American Skaters’ Rankings.
Among the European players who want to go in the draft, the factor is that Novak should be taken somewhere between the third and fifth rounds.
Named the team’s Rookie of the Year for the brief WHO season, Djokovic scored 58 points in his rookie campaign, including 25 goals. He led the team in points, goals and game-winning goals and led the club with eight power play goals.
Novak is expected to be the only rocket selected during the two-day draft.
Last year, the Rockets led the CHL with four players, including Lassie Thompson (19th Ottawa) and Nolan Foot (27th, Tampa), who advanced to the first round.