The NHL Draft is just a few weeks away and this years draft class is waiting in anticipation for their names to be called. One of the prospects is Jake Leschyshyn of Grasswood, Saskatchewan who just finished a run in the WHL with the Regina Pats.
Leschyshyn was given a few words of advice before he went into the grueling scouting combine in early June.”There were a lot of interviews and a lot of new faces this week,”Leschyshyn said.” There really is only so much you can prepare for though and I felt pretty comfortable going into the scouting combine.”
The 18-year-old is the son of former NHLer Curtis Leschyshyn, who won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and dressed for more than 1000 games in his career.’I’ve had a lot of guys from previous teams go through this process and they gave me advice and they say it’s been a big step in their careers,” Jake said after he finished the fitness aspect of the combine in Buffalo. ” I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and am really glad I got to be a part of it.”
The Saskatchewan talent is eligible for the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft and was ranked #42 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skates). “I have been paying attention to where I am projected to go, but I haven’t played hockey for a little while so I think the door is open. It’s pretty wide open draft at this point so I am not too concerned with when I will go.Any team would be good for myself so I am just looking forward to that.”
He gained international experience in 2015 when he competed in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Now all eyes are on him again, he spoke to 24 teams during the combine week.
“There was a lot of talk about my injury,” Leschyshyn said. On February 3rd he tore his ACL and got surgery shortly after. He is currently on a 6 month rehab schedule.”I’m feeling great at this point. It feels like a long time since I got hurt and it also feels like a long time since a played hockey! But, I am right where I want to be in the recovery process and I am happy with the way it’s going.”
The NHL Entry Draft is on June 23rd, in Chicago.
February 3rd will long be embedded in Jake Leschyshyn’s memory. That’s when the prized Regina Pats center suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).