Jake Walman
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Jake Walman


Toronto Ontario

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3rd round (82nd overall), 2014


175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2010-11: Jake Walman skated for the Toronto Red Wings bantam team coached by former NHL forward Claude Lemieux. Lemieux, whose son Brendan also skated for the Red Wings, shifted Walman from defense to forward at times due to his lack of size.

2011-12:Walman played forward for the North York Rangers midget minor team in the Greater Toronto league. He scored 10 goals with 12 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 33 games. In four games for the Rangers at the OHL Cup he had 1 assist.

2012-13: Walman shifted back to defense playing for the Toronto Junior Canadiens midget AAA team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. In 23 games he scored 2 goals with 9 assists and 11 penalty minutes.

2013-14:Walman played for the for the junior A Toronto Junior Canadiens and was named the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year and Top Prospect. He scored 7 goals with 26 assists and 87 penalty minutes in 43 games. Walman missed the playoffs due to injury. In January he committed to playing college hockey at Providence in 2014-15. He was selected by Peterborough in the sixth round (112th overall) of the 2014 OHL Priority Draft in April in his third year of draft eligibility. Walman was ranked 47th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by St. Louis in the third round (82nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Walman is a raw and undersized but talented prospect. Having played both forward and defense in the past, he is a smooth skating defenseman with some offensive elements to his game. In his first year of college hockey he has made an immediate impression in the lineup for Providence College and should use all or most of his college eligibility to gain experience as an all-around player and improve his muscle mass.


Walman is in his freshman season at Providence College in 2014-15. Paired with redshirt senior Mark Adams (BUF) on the Friars defense corps, Walman has made a smooth transition from junior A hockey to the college level as Providence has been one of the top teams in Hockey East to start the year. While his offensive game has been limited to this point that will likely interest as he gains confidence and becomes acclimated to the college level. Overshadowed by some of the other prospects in the Blues' system, he is another defensemen with the potential to be a strong skating, two-way player at the NHL level.

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