The last name may seem familiar to a few hockey fans. See, once there was a shutdown defender named Adam Foote. He was kind of okay at the whole playing hockey thing. He’s also Callan’s father.
Callan Foote is also pretty good at the whole hockey thing.
He has almost everything a scout could desire: bloodlines, above average size, points, skill, and coming from a club well known for spitting out NHL defenders. Overall, Foote has a lot going for him and he sits 27 for our prospect breakdown.
- Age: 18-years-old, 1998-12-13
- Birthplace: Englewood, CO, USA
- Position: RD
- Handedness: Right
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 209 lbs
- Draft Year Team: Kelowna Rockets
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The 6-3, 213-pound son of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote probably won’t be the physical presence his father was, but plays all situations and uses his smarts, reach and strength to contain his opponent and gain position.
The bulk of Foote’s production comes from even strength and power play assists. His primary goal production, as is the norm for NHL prospective defenders in major junior.
Foote’s even strength production places him in the second tier for draft eligible defenders from the WHL, behind Juuso Valimaki. While Foote is an older draft eligible skater with his early birthday, he is still younger than Valimaki.
With above average size and a solid 0.79 point per game pace, Foote produces quite a few NHL successes in his list of statistical cohorts. Many of his 100-199 NHL game cohorts are players likely to eclipse the 200 game threshold as well, such as Alex Petrovic and Brandon Davidson.
When we look at which NHL players closest statistically resembled Foote at 17-years-old, we see the closest comparable player being Karl Alzner. While Alzner may have been overvalued by coaches and general managers throughout his NHL career thus far, he is still a serviceable defensive defender.
There are quite a few “overrated” defenders in his list. This is not atypical for a plus-sized defender, which opens up the debate on using NHL usage, like games played, as a measure of success for a player.
A player’s usage may be due to talent but may also be due to unjustified bias that extends from amateur scouting to the professional level.
A pGPS of 49.5 per cent analytically suggests that Foote is a fairly safe player. Being ranked within the first round by most scouting services adds another layer of assurance.
Ultimately, Foote is very likely to be a NHL player; however, there is some limitations on his upside. Foote carries enough offensive talent to give him about a good shot at being a second pairing defender, let alone competently play in the NHL.
That said, his lack of elite offensive upside, noted through both qualitative and quantitative scouting, reduces his chances of being a first-pairing defender, pushing him back to late within the first round.