Cal Foote

Tampa Bay Lightning
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Fantasy Summary

Big right-shot defenseman with a terrific all-around skill set. Mobile, intelligent, and reliable in his own zone with offensive ability to match, Foote has the tools to become a legitimate top-pair defenseman.

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 13, 1998
Height 6‘4”
Weight 212 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 14


March 2019 – Foote has been eased into his rookie year in the AHL with Syracuse and has been given more and more responsibility as the season has progressed. Foote has been rock solid for the Crunch and rarely looks distressed while he is on the ice. He has been able to transfer his two-way ability to the AHL as he has tallied nine goals and 26 points in 65 games. Foote’s poise with the puck on his stick and awareness in his own zone makes him appear mature beyond his years and has experienced little turmoil during his transition to the AHL, which leads me to believe he will be a top candidate to take a spot on Tampa’s defense in 2019-2020. Brandon Holmes

October 2018 – Foote is off to a good start in his first season with the Syracuse Crunch. In his first game, Foote registered a shot and an assist. He was a late cut from Tampa Bay’s camp with speculation he may make the team. Being a big-bodied, big-moment defender, he should be on your radar for NHL action this year. Should there be an extended injury in Tampa, Foote is poised for a promotion. Jordan Deshane

April 2018 – The Kelowna Rockets were the first team to be eliminated from the WHL playoffs this spring, falling in a 4-0 sweep. Foote finished the series with a minus-5 rating, and accumulated five assists and a single goal throughout the four games, being awarded the first star honors in a 9-7 thwomping. Shortly after being eliminated from playoff contention the Lightning inked Foote to his entry level contract at max cap hit plus an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses. There is a chance that he will sign an amateur tryout contract with the Syracuse Crunch yet this season, allowing him to get into some AHL action prior to hanging up his skates for the summer. Brayden Olafson

March 2018 – Foote has led the Kelowna Rockets to a second place finish in the B.C. division of the WHL this season. The Rockets captain finished the year with 70 points in just 60 games played, good for sixth among WHL defenders, and second in terms of points per game, trailing only Moose Jaw’s Kale Clague. This week, Foote was presented with the honors of being a First-Team All-Star in the Western Conference, as well as he Bill Hunter Trophy for the best defenseman in the WHL. The accolades speak to why Steve Yzerman held such a tight grip on Foote throughout his trade negotiations with the Rangers and others alike. Foote joins a spotty list of first-round picks to win the Bill Hunter award over the years, which includes names such as Derrick Pouliot (8th overall in 2012), and Jonathon Blum (23rd overall in 2007). Bolts fans will certainly be looking at the other names on the list, however, which include Tyson Barrie, Ivan Provorov and Dion Phaneuf. Brayden Olafson

January 2018 – One of the seven youngsters representing Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championships, Foote was also one of the Canadians’ most reliable defenders. Paired up, primarily with returning defender and 2016 13th overall selection Jake Bean, the duo provided a steadfast and assertive wall for the competition. Foote will be credited with one of the top plays of the tournament – a diving glove save off of the goal line which was simply one of the most obvious examples of the blueliners’ excellent sense of awareness and instinctiveness that led to him being drafted earlier than expected in 2017. After being awarded the gold medal, Foote has returned to Kelowna where he’ll rejoin Canada’s captain Dillon Dube on the WHL’s Western Conference leading Rockets squad. The Rockets have yet to make any major acquisitions leading into the WHL’s January 10th trade deadline but should remain competitive in the West, regardless. Brayden Olafson

October 2017 – Foote didn’t stand much of a shot to crack the Lightning lineup this fall, especially considering the heavy depth that they already have battling for a regular spot in the lineup. The new Kelowna Rockets captain has made a splash, however, in his return to junior, tallying eight points in his first three games back. He’s been dangerous on the power play with Canuck second-round-pick, Kole Lind who leads the Rockets’ in scoring. There is no doubt that his current scoring pace is unsustainable, however, Foote is showing an offensive flare that wasn’t as evident prior to being drafted. The Rockets look to be a contender in the WHL’s Western Conference and Foote should remain at the forefront. If he can continue producing at half of his current rate it will be an improvement from his last campaign which will surely accelerate his Lightning development timeline. Brayden Olafson

July 2017 – With the 14th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning selected right-shot defenseman, Callan Foote, son of former Avalanche defenseman, Adam. After bolstering the Lightnings defensive prospect depth on the left side with the acquisition of Mikhail Sergachev, Yzerman looked to the right. The December-born defender possesses exemplary hockey sense, which, in some cases he is forced to use in order to compensate for his oafish skating ability. At 6-foot four-inches, Foote wears a size-sixteen skate, which would almost certainly provide a hindrance to overcome for any player. Typically a two-way style defender, Foote can be seen making plays to pinch and hold the offensive zone regularly. That being said, Foote is fully conscious of the current inaptitude in his own skating to know when and when not to do so. Foote reeks of NHL capability though, and will solidify a position of confidence for the Bolts. Foote will spend another season developing with The Kelowna Rockets of the WHL before making a transition to professional hockey. Brayden Olafson

May 2017 – Cal Foote is a chip off the old block as the son of NHL great defenseman Adam Foote. Like his dad, Cal plays a solid, physical, defense first type of game. Foote has great size and strength to play a hard-nosed game; he skates well and always makes very good decisions in terms of puck reads and positioning. Foote and his younger brother look to to be the next in a long line of defense studs to come out of the Kelowna Rockets system. He projects to be a very safe pick but outside of his peripheral stats in hits and blocks will have lower fantasy value than NHL value. Foote does posses some offensive ability, he can skate the puck out of the zone to create offence and occasionally joins the rush. He has a heavy shot and can play the point on the power play.. Peter Harling


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Colorado Thunderbirds QC Int PW 4 0 0 0 2 |          
 2013-2014 Colorado Thunderbirds U16 T1EHL U16 33 2 12 14 19 |          
  Team Black USA-S15 5 0 0 0 - |          
 2014-2015 Colorado Thunderbirds U16 T1EHL U16 23 4 11 15 42 | Playoffs 4 3 2 5
  Omaha Lancers USHL 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2015-2016 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 8 28 36 36 | Playoffs 18 1 8 9 12 
 2016-2017 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 6 51 57 41 | Playoffs 14 1 6 7 24 
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Kelowna Rockets WHL 60 19 51 70 46 | Playoffs 4 1 5 6
  Syracuse Crunch AHL 6 1 0 1 4 | Playoffs 7 1 1 2
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 0 3 3 0 |          
  WHL All-Stars Canada/Russia Series 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2018-2019 Syracuse Crunch AHL 76 10 21 31 53 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
 2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch AHL - - - - - |