Shaun Heshka

Hometown:

Melville Saskatchewan

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1985-06-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Vancouver, 2009

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Shaun Heshka began his junior career playing for the SJHL’s Melville Millionaires in 2002-03, scoring 20 points in 53 games before making the decision to jump to the Western Hockey League. He played all three of his WHL seasons with the Everett Silvertips, seeing his point production steadily rise each of the three seasons (10, 38 and 59 respectively). After his last major junior season, the Canucks signed him to an entry-level contract.

Heshka began his junior career playing for the SJHL's Melville Millionaires in 2002-03, scoring 20 points in 53 games before making the decision to jump to the Western Hockey League. He played all three of his WHL seasons with the Everett Silvertips, seeing his point production steadily rise each of the three seasons (10, 38 and 59 respectively). After his last major junior season, the Canucks signed him to an entry-level contract.

2006-07: Heshka had a rocky start to his professional career, putting up just six points in 57 AHL games with the Manitoba Moose. He also played three games in the ECHL.

2007-08: A breakout season of sorts for the young offensive blueliner, Heshka rebounded from his difficult professional debut with a stellar season that included nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points in 67 games.

 

Talent Analysis

The 6'1, 195 lber plays a primarily offensive game. He has the ability to generate offense from the blueline and makes good, smart passes for the most part. His overall offensive game is generally under-rated and that he can be a real offensive catalyst at the professional level, albeit most like minor pro. He has a good understanding of when to pass the puck, when to carry it and when to join a rush in progress. Heshka is not strong defensively and could use some added size to help him deal with the big forwards he has to go against playing pro hockey. If he's able to improve his game in his own zone, Heshka may have a shot at making an NHL franchise one day. He competes hard though and is very noticeable when he's on his game.

 

Future

Heshka has proven over the course of the past season that there is more to him than expected. His offensive instincts and improved skating have made him a far more viable prospect although he still has significant hurdles to overcome with his defensive play.

 

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