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Fantasy Summary

Boom-or-bust prospect that will have to prove that he is capable of overcoming his size deficit prior to making an NHL impact.


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June 2020 – In his sophomore season for the Golden Gophers, Walker had his best offensive season to date with 30 points in 37 games, 19 of which were assists. His greatest asset is his blazing speed which allows him to overcome his size deficit and open up space on the ice while carrying the puck, which bodes well for his projection into an NHL player. Walker is a prospect that the Lightning organization seems to be very high on, and he may only be a couple of years removed from fighting for an NHL spot. Brandon Holmes

October 2018 – Walker scored his first collegiate goal for the Minnesota Golden Gophers last week. The small, long-term project center will not be on an NHL radar for this year. Coach Bob Motzko has been impressed with his start to this point. We’ll have to continue to monitor his growth and how he adjusts to playing against bigger, stronger players before we know his NHL timetable. Jordan Deshane

July 2018 – Easily the most tantalizing player at Lightning development camp earlier this summer, Walker’s upside is beginning to look more and more of a possibility. His boom-or-bust label remains, however, he showed during the camp that if the NHL were played at 3-on-3, the “or bust” could be dropped. He’s admittedly undersized, but has been working on adding some weight to his 5-10 frame. The training has led to a tangible result as well, with Walker being an effective player on the boards and in open ice. Brayden Olafson

March 2018 – The Lightning’s 2017 seventh-round draft-selection is 2018 Mr. Hockey – Top player in the United States High School system. Wrapping up his final season of high school competition, Walker finished second in both points and assists within the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. In both leagues, Walker scored at a rate better than two points-per-game. He’ll attend the University of Minnesota next fall as a freshman where we’ll have an opportunity to compare the ripening prospect against some more worthy competition. With his draft+1 season in the books, Walker is certainly looking like a positive selection at 200th overall. Brayden Olafson

February 2018 – Last week, the top-10 finalists for the 2018 Mr. Hockey award were announced by the Minnesota Minute Men. The award is designated for the top US High School player of the season. 2017 7th round selection, Sammy Walker was named to the finalists list, and is also the favorite to take home the award. Among the other nine finalists, his strongest competition is undrafted and UND commit, Carter Randklev. Walker is the only NHL drafted finalist, however, the list of previous winners includes many highly noted prospects as well as NHLers of today including Casey Mittlestadt (2017), Nick Bjugstad (2010), and Nick Leddy (2009). There are, of course, also several previous winners who’ve yet to make any kind of an impact at the NHL level. Nonetheless, the accolade would be a strong confidence boost heading into his rookie season at the University of Minnesota. Brayden Olafson

October 2017 – The Lightning’s last pick from the 2017 entry draft is lighting up the United States High School system at a better than two point-per-game pace early on, and quickly proving his case to be moved to the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. After only four games with the Lincoln Stars last season, Walker returned to high school in Edina. The skilled forward appears ready to make the transition to the USHL, where he will prepare for his commitment to the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2018. Brayden Olafson

June 2017 – The Lightning used their final selection of the 2017 Entry Draft to select Sammy Walker of Edina High School in the United States High School system. Walker finished last season playing four games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, and could follow that path heading into the fall. He will attend Lightning development camp this week where he could receive consultation on that decision. Walker has committed to playing at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2018, but this next season will be very telling in the undersized forwards development. Brayden Olafson

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.3
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 7, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 150 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 7; Overall: 200


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Edina Bantam AA14U AA- - -- -|        
 2014-2015 Team Grey USA-S155 2 46 -|        
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 3 36 6|Playoffs2 2 13
  Edina HighMN State3 0 00 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Kelly USA-S165 5 38 0|        
  Team TDS TransportationUMHSEHL21 10 414 20|        
  B16 - Red (Final 54)MNHP-163 2 13 -|