Austin Wagner
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Austin Wagner

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-06-23

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th Round (99th Overall), 2015

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Austin Wagner skated for the Calgary Northstar Sabres bantam AAA team and played in the Alberta Cup. He was selected by the Regina Pats in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

2012-13:Austin Wagner made his WHL debut as a 15-year-old, appearing in a November game with the Regina Pats, and played for the Calgary Northstars Midget AAA team. Wagner had no points nor penalties in his game with the Pats. He scored 7 goals with 3 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 28 regular season games for Calgary. Wagner had no points with 15 penalty minutes in two playoff games as the Northstars were swept by the Calgary Buffaloes in a best-of-three series. Wagner skated for Team Alberta in the Western Canada Challenge Cup.

2013-14: Wagner saw limited ice time with the Regina Pats in his rookie season. Playing in 42 of 72 regular season games, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 18 penalty minutes. Regina finished first in the East Division before being swept by Brandon in the first round. Wagner dressed for two of four playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalties.

2014-15: Wagner stepped into a larger role for the Regina Pats in his second season and emerged as a prospect after scoring 20 goals in 61 regular season games. Frequently skating with Pats’ leading scorer Adam Brooks, he also had 19 assists and was +13 with 53 penalty minutes. Regina finished second behind Brandon in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Wagner scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was ranked 35th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Wagner attended his first training camp with the Kings before returning to Regina for his third WHL season. The Pats’ third-leading scorer behind 2016 NHL draft-eligible forwards Adam Brooks and Sam Steel, he has developed into a point-per-game scorer in the WHL after recording two points in 42 games in his first season two years ago. 

Talent Analysis

Wagner is a big forward who plays an honest two-way game and has developed some scoring ability during his WHL career. He doesn't dazzle in any one area and his skating and technical skill level must continue improving if he is to reach the NHL. One of the strengths of his game is his consistent effort.

Future

Wagner is in his third season with the Regina Pats in 2015-16, recording career highs in goals and assists as Regina is on the verge of earning its third straight playoff berth. He has shown steady improvement under the tutelage of Pats' head coach John Paddock and projects as a solid third or fourth line winger with the ability to contribute offensively.

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