2007-08: Winkler spent the season in Kansas City with a U.S. AAA Midget team called the Russell Stover Stars. He notched 40 goals and 92 points in 70 games for them en route to being drafted by the Stars in the third round. He had a team-leading seven points and a plus-six for Norway at the U18 World Juniors in five games. His efforts led Norway to the top-tier (Group A) for the 2009 U18 WJC’s.
2008-09: Winkler made the move to the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders(USHL). In 55 games Winkler scored 10 goals and added 26 assists. In 5 playoff he picked up just 2 assists. He also represented Norway at the U20 level, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists in 5 games.
2009-10: Winkler moved on to the NCAA, playing in his Freshman year with Colorado College(NCAA). In 21 games he managed just 1 goal and 1 assist. He once again represented Norway at the U20-D1 level, scoring 6 goals and 8 assists in just 5 games.
2010-11: Scott Winkler got off to a slow start this season but finished quite strong. He notched just nine points in 26 games but he’s been better than his numbers indicate. He’s struggled to string together a handful of really good games without being derailed in some way, shape or form. Hopefully injury woes are held at bay and Winkler can polish up that raw potential as an older player at Colorado College. Even if the numbers don’t tell the whole story, four goals in 47 career NCAA games is still underwhelming.
2011-12: Winkler alternated between the top two lines for Colorado College in his junior season – skating at times with Jaden (STL) and Rylan Schwartz and later in the year with senior captain Nick Dineen and Alexander Krushelnyski. He scored 7 goals with 17 assists – both career-highs – and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes. After getting off to a fast start (10-5-0), the Tigers struggled in the second half of the season – finishing fifth in the WCHA and were swept by Michigan Tech in the opening round of the WCHA tournament.
Winkler is already pretty big, ideal for the style of game he plays. There really aren’t too many weaknesses, but nothing outstanding either. His skating is above average and so are his hands. He generally plays a determined game and shows responsibility in both ends of the ice. Winkler’s attention to detail at both ends is an essential part of his game. His drive and attitude are also keys to his impending success. It’s yet to be seen how he handles increasing physical play as his moves up the ranks. It seems unlikely that he has the tools to be a consistent offensive threat, so he needs to find a niche that will make him valuable to an NHL club.
Potential: Two-way 2nd/3rd liner, like a less physical Dan Fritsche.
Scott Winkler passed away on June 12th, 2013 at the age of 23. Hockey's Future passes along our condolences to the Winkler family and to the Dallas Stars' organization.