Samuel Walker

by olafson1393 on March 13, 2018

 

Samuel Walker, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-09

Weight: 150

Born: 1999-06-07

Hometown:  Minneapolis, MN

Drafted: 200th overall in the sixth round of the 2017 draft

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

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 Outlook: D

Boom or Bust. Must overcome his size as well as add muscle to be successful in any professional tier.

 

Footage:

Sammy Walker – Lincoln Starts interview:

 

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