Tyler Wotherspoon
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Tyler Wotherspoon

Hometown:

Surrey British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-12

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (57th overall), 2011

Weight:

203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2007-08: Tyler Wotherspoon was chosen in the second round, 23rd overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks.

2008-09: Wotherspoon played most of the season with the Valley West Hawks in the BCMML. In 37 games, he scored 11 goals and added 13 assists for 24 points to go along with 85 penalty minutes. Wotherspoon also saw his first WHL action with the Winterhawks, registering no points in 4 games for that club.

2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Wotherspoon played in 43 games for the Winterhawks. He scored 1 goal and added 4 assists for 5 points. In 2 playoff games, Wotherspoon registered no points. Wotherspoon played for Team Pacific at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, registering no points in 5 games.

2010-11: In 64 games for the Winterhawks, Wotherspoon scored 2 goals and added 10 assists for 12 points to go along with 73 minutes in penalties. In 19 playoff games, he scored 2 goals and added 1 assist for 3 points. Wotherspoon played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game.

2011-12: Wotherspoon returned to junior hockey for his third season with the Portland Winterhawks. He was one of four Portland defensemen with 20 or more points on a high-flyiing Winterhawks team that led the WHL in scoring. Wotherspoon scored 7 goals with 21 assists, both career highs, and was plus-18 with 42 penalty minutes in 67 games. After finishing two points behind Tri-City in the U.S. Division, with the WHL’s third-best record, Portland advanced to the playoff finals against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Wotherspoon scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was plus-11 with 6 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games.

2012-13: Overshadowed by high profile prospects Seth Jones (Nashville) and Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh) on the Portland Winterhawks’ blueline, Wotherspoon had the team’s second best plus/minus (+62); trailing only center Nicolas Petan (+68). He scored 7 goals with 30 assists and had 30 penalty minutes in 61 games. The Winterhawks finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL Finals for the third straight season; defeating Edmonton for the first championship in club history. Wotherspoon scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +11 with 20 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. Portland reached the Memorial Cup championship game. Wotherspoon scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +6 with 4 penalty minutes in five Memorial Cup games. He represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship and in six games scored 1 goal with 1 assist. Canada finished fourth after an overtime loss to host Russia in the bronze medal game. Wotherspoon signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in March, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Continued to demonstrate a high, intense, compete level during the WHL playoffs. Effective in front of his own net, possessing the size and strength to allow his goaltender a clear view of oncoming shots. He will have to improve his mobility and also his puck moving skills.

 

Future

After an impressive career with the Portland Winterhawks, Wotherspoon will be advancing in his career path in 2013-14 as he finds himself in the Abbotsford Heat lineup. Wotherspoon will be looking to carry over his success from junior to the pro ranks. If the 19-year-old is capable of finding similar success with the Heat this season, then Wotherspoon might soon see a future in a Flames jersey. 

 

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