He’s the highest rated player available from the USHL in advance of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft according to ISS in their first monthly release of the season and that sets the bar very high. Fortunately for Sioux City defenseman Seth Helgeson, he’s a pretty big guy.
Listed at 6’5 and 220 lbs, Helgeson is a late 1990-born player so will be one of the oldest players available for NHL teams in June. Often times that will give teams pause, but other teams see that as simply the chance at getting a slightly more developed player than a comparable player born 11 months later.
In any case it will be his size and physical play that scouts notice first because there is abundance of both where Helgeson is concerned.
The native of Fairbault, Minnesota came into the season ready to take on the pressure and attention that comes with a player’s draft year by trying not to lose focus on the business at hand.
“You can’t think about that too much," he said. "I think that when kids have their draft year coming up they can get caught thinking about it too much and maybe they don’t play as well so coming into this season I was trying to put that out of my mind. I’m just trying to get better every day with the coaching staff in Sioux City and everything’s been going really well this year. I’m excited for the season and the draft is a long ways away so you can’t think about that.”