Chase Lang

Hometown:

Nanaimo British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-09-13

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

6th round (167th overall), 2014

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Chase Lang skated for the Pursuit of Excellence program in British Columbia. He was selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the fifth round (89th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Lang appeared in five games with the junior A Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the BCHL as a 15-year-old and was the leading scorer for the North Island Silvertips midget major team. He had no points nor penalties skating with the Bulldogs. Lang scored 29 goals with 32 assists and had 52 penalty minutes in 40 games for North Island. The Silvertips finished seventh in the BC midget league — three points out of the playoffs.

2012-13: Lang saw limited ice time with Calgary in his first WHL season — skating in 44 of 72 regular season games. He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes. The Hitmen finished second in the Central Division and lost to Edmonton in the Eastern Conference Finals. A healthy scratch for much of the playoffs, Lang made his debut in the second round series against Red Deer after an injury to Pavlo Padakin and was -1 with no points nor penalties in five playoff games.

2013-14: Lang skated in 68 regular season games for Calgary in his second season; providing secondary scoring and physical two-way play as the Hitmen finished first in the Central Division. He scored 10 goals with 15 assists and was +13 with 52 penalty minutes. Calgary was upset by Kootenay in the first round of the playoffs with Lang recording 3 assists and finishing -1 with 13 penalty minutes in the six-game series. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was selected by Minnesota in the sixth round (167th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Lang is a bit light and not overly gifted offensively but is a smart, responsible center who can play in any role. While he has been a point-per-game scorer in his third WHL season, his skill set does not suggest he will be a big-time offensive player but rather the type of player who does a lot of things well and is defensively aware.

Future

Lang skated for the Wild in the Traverse City prospect tournament and was invited to Minnesota's training camp before being returned to the Calgary Hitmen for the 2014-15 season. Now in his third year in the WHL, he has shown an offensive side to his game while skating with fellow NHL prospects Adam Tambellini (NYR) and Radel Fazleev (PHI). The maturation of his offensive game is encouraging but his calling card as a pro will likely be two-way play and the ability to be a responsible defensive forward.

Minnesota Wild asking youngsters to play veteran roles

by Peter Prohaska
on

Photo: Minnesota's Erik Haula has struggled to outperform in a tough-minutes role (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Minnesota’s Erik Haula has struggled to perform in a tough-minutes role (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

The NHL’s salary cap forced Chuck Fletcher and the Minnesota Wild into a tough balancing act. On the one side are the well-paid veterans whose skill levels are established, if subject to bad luck and other kinds of decline. On the other side are the players on a first contract or an entry-level deal: the rookies and the young core. These players offer occasional glimpses of their best selves, but often disappoint with mistakes or other kinds of regression, especially when they are thrust into new roles. Mediocrity is the result when rookies fail to make the leap to consistent good play and veterans fall back a step.

Read more»

Minnesota Wild exercise patience with development of Junior prospects

by Peter Prohaska
on

Lethbridge Hurricanes v Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Reid Duke is averaging nearly a point per game since being traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

A slight developmental gap appears to be a weakness in the Minnesota Wild‘s overall scheme. General manager Chuck Fletcher’s maneuvers between the 2010 Draft and the present assembled an enviable group of inexpensive young talent capable of augmenting a nice mix of somewhat more pricey veterans.

Read more»

Minnesota Wild prospect depth beginning to thin

by Peter Prohaska
on

NHL: FEB 06 Predators at Wild

Photo: Jason Zucker won an NHL roster spot in training camp in part because of his speed and tenacity. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

After five years on the job general manager Chuck Fletcher has made his mark on the Minnesota Wild, swiftly rebuilding a franchise that had lost its way. He has assembled a promising young core of Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, and Christian Folin. With a strong group of veterans brought in via trade and free agency to supplement the few holdovers from the prior administrative regime, this leaves very little room for true prospects at the moment.

Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild draft review

by Peter Prohaska
on

Alex Tuch - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Wild selected USNTDP winger and Boston College commit Alex Tuch with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Though there was talk of somehow reacquiring a second round pick, the Minnesota Wild had limited assets to offer as enticement. Chuck Fletcher did pick up an additional seventh round pick in 2015 in exchange for moving down one pick, but in the end the braintrust seemed content to stick with its hand in Philadelphia.

Read more»

Related Articles