“I immediately faced my parents,” said Henman. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents [Melanie and Anthony]. Then I called my siblings [two sisters, 25 and 15, and a brother, 17; all hockey players]. We had the great win in overtime and then I got the news. It was a pretty cool day. “
The Henman Two-Way Contract is a standard three-year entry-level National Hockey League contract with pre-determined salaries for the American Hockey League and the NHL based on Henman’s progress as a prospect in the system. development of the Kraken.
“Our scouts monitor players year round,” said Ron Francis, CEO of Kraken. ” In that case, [scout] Mike Dawson has been a staunch supporter of Luke. Robert kron [director of amateur scouting] et Tony McDonald [scouting advisor] like him too.
“Luke put the numbers in the ‘Q’ and he’s the team captain. He has a strong character. We think he needs to get stronger. We are delighted to recruit him as our first player.
Henman played his last five seasons in the QMJHL, one of the best amateur leagues in the world that has produced stars such as three-time Stanley Cup winner Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby; Boston Cup captain Patrice Bergeron and two of the game’s biggest stars, Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, among dozens of other active players.
Growing up in Cow Bay, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Henman didn’t have to look far for role models on the ice. Crosby grew up 10 minutes away in Cole Harbor. MacKinnon is another Halifax-born star whom Henman closely followed through the seasons before the Avalanche star made his NHL debut.
Henman was six feet with his weight in the 140s for his rookie season in the QMJHL at 16. He started this season, his second as captain, at 172, gaining 10 pounds from the previous season.
“It’s still a little light,” Francis said. “But he’s a good thinker of the game and has the skating and hockey skills that we love to recruit players. “
In his first year as captain in the 2019-20 season, Henman set career highs in all offensive categories (25 goals, 49 assists, 74 points in 63 games) while also leading his team. in the first place of the West division. The 2020 QMJHL playoffs have been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Henman appears to be making up for that in this year’s playoffs.
After Tuesday’s 6-4 loss, Henman had six goals and two assists in seven playoff games. Victoriaville leads Blainville-Boisbriand de Henman two games to one in the playoff series.
He won an impressive 57.1 percent of face-offs on Monday (taking twice as many face-offs as any teammate) and his four shots on goal included three that hockey analysts classify as “Dangerous shots”.
“We’re really, really lucky to be playing playoff hockey right now – there are a lot of players in North America and around the world who would love to be in that position,” said Henman, referring to the pandemic. ending entire seasons / or postseasons for many leagues.
Henman will attend Seattle’s first rookie camp leading up to the club’s inaugural training camp at the Kraken Training Center later this year. Specific dates and details are pending decisions regarding the league schedule. Like all guest players, Henman will have the chance to be part of the team at camp. Another first pro season option would be playing in the American Hockey League as a Kraken prospect.
“I will work to get bigger and stronger,” said Henman, who looks forward to working with Kraken’s training and nutrition staff. “My goal every summer is to gain 10 pounds. “
The intention to get bigger and stronger is less a question of volume and more of being able to allow a player like Henman to protect the puck more effectively during offensive rushes, to win “battles” and “to create. a body position during face-offs ”.
Henman was selected in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Francis was no longer general manager – although no one can deny that this season’s Carolina roster is full of players Francis has drafted, signed or acquired in trades.
But Dawson, Kron and McDonald were still with the franchise. The scouts continue to love what they see on the ice and Henman is grateful for that.
“I can’t thank them enough for believing in me,” said Henman. “Now it’s up to me to prove that I belong. “