J.C. Lipon
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J.C. Lipon

Hometown:

Regina Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-10

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

3rd round (91st overall), 2013

Weight:

177 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: J.C. Lipon made WHL Kamloops as a 16-year-old free agent after attending the Blazers camp and skated in 53 games. He scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was -7 with 38 penalty minutes. Kamloops finished third in the B.C. Division. Lipon played in three of four games in the first round playoff series with Vancouver and was +1 with no points or penalty minutes. He played for Canada Western in the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge and had 5 assists with 4 penalty minutes in five games.

2010-11: Lipon showed an edge to his game in his second season with Kamloops, finishing second on the Blazers with 111 penalty minutes. Offensively he scored 3 goals with 18 assists in 69 games and was -26. Kamloops missed the playoffs; finishing last in the B.C Division.

2011-12: Lipon displayed scoring and toughness in his third WHL season – finishing fourth on Kamloops with 65 points while leading the Blazers in penalty minutes for the second straight season. He scored 19 goals with 46 assists in 69 games and was +23 with 111 penalty minutes. Kamloops was one of the big turnaround stories in junior hockey; going from last to first in the B.C. Division and reaching the second round in the playoffs. Lipon scored 2 goals with 7 assists in 10 playoff games and was -4 with 20 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Lipon was Kamloops third-leading scorer in his fourth season and was selected to play for Canada in the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 36 goals with 53 assists in 61 games – trailing only Colin Smith (106 points) and Tim Bozon (91 points) among Blazers scorers. He finished +34 and was second on Kamloops with 115 penalty minutes. The Blazers reached the Western Conference finals after finishing second to Kelowna in the B.C. Division. Lipon scored 6 goals with 17 assists in 15 playoff games and was +12 with 20 penalty minutes. He played in five of six games for Canada at the WJC, receiving a one-game suspension for a hit on Slovakia’s Tomas Mikus, and had no points and an even plus/minus. Canada finished fourth after losing to host Russia in overtime in the bronze medal game. Eligible for the draft for the second time, Lipon was ranked 83rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and selected by Winnipeg in the third round (91st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Lipon attended training camp with the Jets, signing a three-year-entry level contract with Winnipeg in August 2013, and skated for Jets AHL affiliate St. John’s as a 20-year-old in his first pro season. He score 9 goals with 32 assists and was an even plus/minus with a team-leading 136 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals. Lipon played in 14 of 21 playoff games, suffering a nagging leg injury that kept him out of the Calder Cup finals, and was minus-1 with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

Lipon is a tough player capable of playing a physical style who also has some scoring and playmaking instincts. In his rookie pro season with St. John's his physical play and his willingness to scrap garnered attention but his 33 assists were tied for third on his team.

Future

Lipon is back with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's in 2014-15 in his second pro season. He once again is among the team leaders in penalty minutes and assists early in the year. Long-term he projects to being a David Clarkson-type forward who is capable of standing up for his teammates but also has some play-making and scoring components to his game.

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