Calen Addison

Pittsburgh Penguins
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Fantasy Summary

Undersized puck-moving defenseman with high offensive upside. Likely a future power-play QB.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 11, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 53

Observations

August 2019 – Addison didn’t do a lot to distinguish himself during the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich. The annual tournament is essentially a World Junior Championship tryout for Canadian, American, Swedish and Finnish prospects. He could still be named to Team Canada if a combination of Noah Dobson, Bowen Byram and Ty Smith are playing on NHL bluelines and are unavailable for the WJC. Addison, a 19-year-old power-play weapon is expected to return for a fourth campaign with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, although he has little to prove in the WHL except an interest in defense. Mark Allan

April 2019 – After his Lethbridge Hurricanes were eliminated in a seven-game opening-round playoff series to end Addison’s third full Western Hockey League campaign, he signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Pittsburgh. Although he was minus-6 in the series, Addison led all WHL blueliners in the opening round with nine points. He had six helpers with an extra man, and added a game-winning goal. In 67 league games, his 65 points (including 11 goals) were tied for 47th in the league and sixth among D-men. More than half (34) of those 65 points were on the power play, and 32 helpers solidified the impression Pittsburgh has drafted a legitimate power-play weapon. Mark Allan

January 2019 – The offensive back-end whiz is bang on at point per game in 44 outings with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. On pace to match or slightly exceed his second-year WHL numbers, Addison doesn’t have to prove his offensive skill to the Penguins. They’re going to want to see some defensive awareness. That’s what the AHL is for. Mark Allan

December 2018 – After not sticking with Canada’s world junior squad, Addison returns to Lethbridge of the WHL. The offensive dynamo has four goals and 30 assists in 32 games for the Hurricanes. Mark Allan

December 2018 – Addison is one of 34 youngsters invited to Canada’s world junior selection camp starting Dec. 10 in Victoria, B.C. Competing against 11 other talented young blueliners, Addison has the advantage of having played at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was a member of the national men’s summer under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The 18-year-old righthand shot has a good chance to make Canada’s WJC team. Mark Allan

November 2018 – Addison is so far dealing fine with the elevated expectations that come with being a second-round NHL draft pick. With two goals and 14 assists for Lethbridge in his first 15 games of the WHL schedule, he’s roughly on track to match or exceed the 11 scores and 65 points he amassed in 68 outings with the Hurricanes last season. Perhaps preparing for the rigors of playing pro hockey, he projects to rack up about 100 PIMs in a full campaign. Mark Allan

September 2018 – The crafty puck-mover and potential PP weapon will hone his skills with another junior season for the Lethbridge Broncos of the WHL. As a second-round draft pick, he will be watched closely by Pittsburgh. Mark Allan

September 2018 – Fresh from being drafted in the second round, Addison is not expected to make the NHL roster right out of his first big-league training camp. However, the organization’s braintrust was pleased by the play of the smallish but quick and crafty blueliner at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. Quickness applies to his vision and his stickwork, which includes superior breakout passes. The 18-year-old looks like a good bet to be an NHL PP catalyst one day, although he’ll likely be returned to the Lethbridge Broncos of the WHL for at least one more campaign. Mark Allan

 

March 2018 – Addison began his draft year with a strong showing for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka, where he was arguably the best defenseman for Canada posting two goals and six points in five games. Selected second overall by Lethbridge in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Addison is posting point per game offensive production in his second season in the WHL which makes him a very fantasy relevant prospect. The 2018 Draft is full of undersized offensive defensemen and Addison is near the top of that list.

The right shot defenseman oozes hockey sense, is a precision passer and has a decent shot, but excels at creating transition offence and distributing the puck. Skating is an asset as he moves quickly, has good mobility and agility and strong edges. Addison is smart on both sides of the puck, is positionally sound and is not shy about playing physically, albeit his effectiveness is limited even at the junior level due to his size.  Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AAA 2 WBAAA2 27 26 30 56 50 |          
  Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AAA WBAAA - - - - - | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
 2014-2015 Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AAA WBAAA 31 45 31 76 46 |          
 2015-2016 Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA MMHL 15 8 7 15 42 | Playoffs 2 2 0 2 15 
  Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 4 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2016-2017 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 63 9 24 33 52 | Playoffs 13 0 2 2
  Canada Black U17 WHC-17 6 0 3 3 0 |          
 2017-2018 Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 4 6 4 |          
  Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 68 11 54 65 53 | Playoffs 16 7 12 19 20 
 2018-2019 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 67 11 54 65 52 | Playoffs 7 2 7 9
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 2 2 0 |          
 2019-2020 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL - - - - - |          

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