aThe Regina Pats have announced that Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jake Leschyshyn will captain their squad for the now-arrived 2018-19 season. Colorado Avalanche prospect Nick Henry and overager Liam Schioler will be the alternate captains for the team.
CAPTAINS! The Pats are proud to introduce Jake Leschyshyn, Nick Henry and Liam Schioler as their captains for the 2018-19 season!— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) September 20, 2018
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Henry will play a much bigger role for the Pats this season, who disappointingly bowed out of the WHL playoffs in the first round after a promising year, with the departure of top players like Sam Steel, Josh Mahura, and Matt Bradley.
Henry is a fourth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2017. The 19-year-old will begin his third season with the Pats on Friday night. In the previous two years, he has scored 49 goals and 110 points in 125 games. He is coming off a very successful Memorial Cup where he led the tournament with five goals and was tied for third in overall scoring with seven points. - Regina Pats
Henry was on the far reaches of our Top 25 Under 25 prospect report series, placing at 21st one season after finishing 22nd. We don’t know what Henry could become at the professional level, but he has speed and skill as his strong points, both of which are prerequisites in NHL nowadays.
Skating ability is an asset for Henry, as is his shooting and vision. His shot was strong enough that he played primarily on his off-wing in power play situations. He had noticeably one of the best shots at Avalanche Development Camp this year. At this point, it is fair to consider his NHL future to become a possible third-line, second-PP sniper.
Henry was part of the round of cuts following the Avs’ first preseason game that allowed him to go back to junior for the season ahead. He played 14:10 in the 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights, got two shots, and looked good with J.C. Beaudin and Brandon Saigeon.