What does it take to be the top ranked player in North America? The Central Scouting Service has had Kyle Chipchura of the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders slotted at the top of their list since October, while International Scouting Services has him ranked 22nd overall in their March rankings. Even through an injury that kept Chipchura out of the CHL Top Prospects Game and despite fairly average offensive numbers, the Vimy Alberta product is still ranked No. 1 on the continent. Why?
“He’s a blue chip prospect there’s no doubt about that,” smiled Prince Albert coach Peter Anholt after a recent game in Red Deer. “He’s a hard working guy, a talented player who sees the ice very well and a great passer.”
“I think he can still work on all facets of his game, including his shot, but he’s been a real key for any of the success that we’ve had and I would imagine he would be for any success we have in the future.”
With just a couple of games remaining in the regular season, Chipchura has accumulated 47 points in the 62 games he has played in. The center has managed only 15 goals, half of which have come on the power play, a goal total that places him 88th in the WHL. Last season Kyle scored just nine times so this should be considered somewhat of an improvement and a sign that his development is progressing from that year.
“I continue to give him more and more ice time because he has deserved it,” said Coach Anholt. “I think in the last month and a half he’s struggled a little bit maybe and he hasn