2020 Project: Perspectives with the NHL Fathers


Sanderson (6 foot 1, 185 pounds) is a left-handed defenseman and captain of the United States Hockey National Team Under-18 Development Team, and No. 4 in NHL Central Scouting of the final North American skaters ranking, for 2020 NHL Draft. His father, Geoff Sanderson, scored 700 points (355 goals, 345 assists) in 1,104 NHL games in 17 seasons with eight teams and played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1994 and 1997.Jake was born in 2002, when his father was playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and remembers spending time in the locker room when he played for the Phoenix Coyotes, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Oilers d ‘Edmonton before retiring in 2008.

“He tried to guide me every season when I was younger, but sometimes he couldn’t,” Jake said. “I would say it was on my hands when I was younger, but now, since I have been away from home, it is more convenient to.” He always has texts from me and we still talk about games and how everything is going. For advice, I think it just allows me to understand for myself. ”

That hands-on approach has helped the 17-year-old emerge as one of the best defensemen available by 2020 in the NHL Entry Draft. He scored 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) in 47 games and was the NTDP captain.

“He’s our guy, he’s our rock, he’s the engine of our team, he’s our captain, he’s our best player and he plays the game the right way,” NTDP coach Seth Appert said.

Appert said he believes having a father who played in the NHL only was a help to Sanderson.

“Geoff played 1,100 NHL games without being a superstar,” Appert said. “It is not easy to do. Superstars can play 1,100 NHL games without having to do everything the right way. When you have more than a second offensive guy like Geoff Sanderson was, playing 1,100 games you do things the right way, you take care of your body, you’re a good teammate, you play both sides of the washer.

“All the things that passed him on to his son. … The habits and details of your game and the way you live your life, these are things that are more learned, and Jake learned these things from his dad. ”

As we celebrate Father’s Day, here are some other 2020 prospect projects from which the father, or, in one case, the grandfather – has an NHL connection:

Ridly Greig, C, Brandon (WHL) – The straight-shot center (5-11, 163) scored more than 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) in 56 games, No. 14, in the center of the North American final skaters’ standings.

His father, Mark Greig, was a forward who scored 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 125 games in nine NHL seasons with four teams and is a fan of scouting with the Philadelphia Flyers.

“Growing up, my father had a huge impact on my game with tips and tricks and showing me clips of me, just teaching me how the game should be played,” the 17-year-old said. “Sometimes I’m going to be depressed after a game, and he’s going to call me and pick me up. He pretty much knows everything from the game, so I’m always listening when he talks. ”

Jacob Perreault, RW, Sarnia, OHL) – Perreault (5-11, 192), scored 70 points (39 goals, 31 assists) in 57 OHL games and the East, No. 17, in the center of Scouting final ranking of North American skaters.

The 18-year-old father, Yanic Perreault, was a forward who scored 516 points (247 goals, 269 assists) in 859 NHL games in 14 seasons with six teams.

Brendan Brisson, C, Chicago (USHL) – Brisson (5-10, 179) was second in the United States in the Hockey League with 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) in 45 games this season. The 18-year-old is No. 20 in the center of Scouting’s final North American skaters ranking and has entered the University of Michigan next season.

Her father, Pat Brisson, is an agent with CAA Hockey. Among his clients are the Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney CrosbyCaptain Toronto Maple Leafs John Tavares and the central Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon.

Thomas Bordeleau, C, United States U-18 (NTDP) – Bordeleau (5-9, 175), who led the NTDP with 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 47 games and is No. 29, in the center of Scouting final ranking of North American skaters, is trying to become the third generation of his family to play in the NHL.

Her grandfather, Paulin Bordeleau, was a right wing who scored 89 points (33 goals, 56 assists) in 183 NHL games in three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. His father, Sébastien Bordeleau, was a forward who scored 98 points (37 goals, 61 assists) in 251 NHL games in seven seasons with four teams and is now ahead of coach development for the Nashville Predators.

The 18-year-old is hired at the University of Michigan next season.

Jack Finley, C, Spokane (WHL) – Finley (6-6, 213), scored 57 points (19 goals, 38 assists) in the 61st WHL games. The 17-year-old is No. 38 in the center of Scouting’s final ranking for North American skaters.

His father, Jeff Finley, was a defenseman who scored 83 points (13 goals, 70 assists) in 708 NHL games in 15 six-team seasons and a scout fan for the Winnipeg Jets.

Michael Benning, D, Sherwood Park (AJHL) – Benning (5-9, 177) led the Alberta Junior Hockey League defenders with 75 points (12 goals, 63 assists) in 54 games. The 18-year-old is No. 57 in the center of North America’s final scouting skaters ranking and has signed up for the University of Denver next season.

His father, Brian Benning, was a defenseman who scored 296 points (63 goals, 233 assists) in 568 NHL games in 10 seasons with five teams. Her uncle, Jim Benning, the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.

Ryder Rolston, RW, Waterloo (USHL) – Rolston (6-1, 175) has 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 42 games and is No. 102, in the center of the North American skaters’ final standings. The 18-year-old is enrolled in North Dakota University next season.

His father, Brian Rolston, scored 761 points (342 goals, 419 assists) in 1,256 NHL games in NHL seasons with five teams, and won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils as rookie in 1994-95. His uncle, Ron Rolston, coach of the Buffalo Sabers, in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

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