2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Defenceman of the Year

Jacob Bernard-Docker

Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers)

  • Had 20 goals and 21 assists in 49 games during his second AJHL season
  • His 20 goals were the most by all defencemen in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had seven goals and seven assists in 15 games
  • His seven goals, 14 points and 0.93 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the AJHL playoffs
  • Was named the AJHL’s and the CJHL’s Defenceman of the Year
  • At the World Junior A Challenge, he had a goal and two assists in five games for Canada West
  • Was selected with the 26th overall pick by the Ottawa Senators at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to play for the NCAA’s North Dakota Fighting Hawks next season

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Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

  • Had 25 goals and 62 assists in 67 games during his third OHL season
  • His 62 assists and 87 points were the most by all defencemen in the CHL and the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and four assists in five games
  • Was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers at the 2018 NHL Draft

Dennis Cesana

Dennis Cesana (Brooks Bandits)

  • Had 14 goals and 61 assists in 60 games during his second AJHL season
  • His 61 assists were the most in the AJHL
  • His 75 points and 1.25 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and eight assists in 12 games
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the NCAA’s Michigan State Spartans next season

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Kale Clague (Moose Jaw Warriors)

  • Had 11 goals and 60 assists in 54 games during his fourth WHL season
  • His 1.31 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the CHL and the WHL
  • His 60 assists were the most by all defencemen in the WHL
  • He started the season with the Brandon Wheat Kings and had 10 goals and 37 assists in 28 games
  • Was traded to Moose Jaw in January and had a goal and 23 assists in 26 games
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and 13 assists in 14 games
  • Was named the WHL’s Top Defenceman
  • At the World Juniors, he had two assists in six games for Canada
  •  A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings in March 2017

Rasmus Dahlin

Rasmus Dahlin (Frolunda)

  • Had seven goals and 13 assists in 41 games in his second SHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and two assists in six games
  • At the World Juniors, he had six assists in seven games for Sweden
  • He was named at the Top Defenceman at the World Juniors
  • At the Winter Olympics, he had an assist in two games for Sweden
  • Was selected with the first overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2018 NHL Draft

Acadie-Bathurst Titan v Gatineau Olympiques

Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

  • Had 17 points and 52 assists in 67 games during his second QMJHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and 10 assists in 20 games
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had two goals and five assists in four games
  • At the Ivan Hlinka, he had three assists in five games for Canada
  • Was selected with the 12th overall pick by the New York Islanders at the 2018 NHL Draft

Sean Durzi

Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)

  • Had 15 goals and 34 assists in 40 games during his third OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and 12 assists in 16 games
  • His 1.45 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the OHL playoffs
  • Was selected in the second round by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2018 NHL Draft

Cal Foote

Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets)

  • Had 19 goals and 51 assists in 60 games during his third WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and five assists in four games
  • At the World Juniors, he had three assists in seven games for Canada
  • The 14th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in April
  • Had a goal in six AHL regular season games and had a goal and an assist in seven playoff games for the Syracuse Crunch

Jason Fram

Jason Fram (Alberta Golden Bears)

  • Had nine goals and 14 assists in 28 games during his sophomore season in U Sports
  • In the Canada West playoffs, he had two goals and two assists in four games
  • At the University Cup, he had a goal and four assists in three games
  • Was named the Canada West and U Sports Defenceman of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Olivier Galipeau

Olivier Galipeau (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

  • Had 25 goals and 49 assists in 67 games during his fifth QMJHL season
  • His 25 goals and 74 points were the most by all defencemen in the QMJHL
  • Started the season with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and had 15 goals and 25 assists in 37 games
  • Was traded to Acadie-Bathurst in January and had 10 goals and 24 assists in 30 games
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and 15 assists in 20 games
  • His 15 assists and 20 points were the most by all defencemen in the QMJHL playoffs
  • Was tied with Adam Holwell for the most goals by all defenceman in the QMJHL playoffs with five
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had three assists in four games
  • Was named the QMJHL’s Defenceman of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Darby Gula

Darby Gula (Steinbach Pistons)

  • Had 14 goals and 47 assists in 56 games during his third MJHL season
  • His 14 goals, 47 assists, 61 points and 1.09 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the MJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and eight assists in 16 games
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had two goals and two assists in six games
  • At the RBC Cup, he had two goals in four games
  • Was named the MJHL’s Top Defenceman
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the NCAA’s Bemidji State Beavers next season

Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)

  • Had 35 goals and 43 assists in 67 games during his third OHL season
  • His 35 goals were the most by all defencemen in the CHL and the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had four assists in six games
  • Was named the CHL and OHL Defenceman of the Year
  • A second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights in September
  • He had an assist in five AHL games for the Chicago Wolves and also suited up in three playoff games

Connor Lovie

Connor Lovie (Cochrane Crunch)

  • Had 15 goals and 34 assists in 54 games during his fourth NOJHL season
  • His 49 points were the most by all defencemen in the NOJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and 13 assists in 16 games
  • His 13 assists, 16 points and 1.00 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the NOJHL playoffs
  • At the Dudley Hewitt Cup, he had an assist in three games
  • Was named the NOJHL’s Most Valuable Player, Top Defenceman and Playoff MVP
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the Waterloo Warriors in U Sports for next season

Cale Makar of UMass photo courtesy of UMass.

Cale Makar (UMass Minutemen)

  • Had five goals and 16 assists in 34 games during his freshman season in the NCAA
  • At the World Juniors, he had three goals and five assists for Canada in seven games
  • His eight points were the most by all defencemen at the World Juniors
  • The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he has yet to sign a contract with the Colorado Avalanche

Josh McDougall

Josh McDougall (Nipawin Hawks)

  • Had 17 goals and 57 assists in 55 games during his second SJHL season
  • His 57 assists, 74 points and 1.35 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the SJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had six goals and 14 assists in 16 games
  • His six goals, 14 assists, 20 points and 1.25 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the SJHL playoffs
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a goal and two assists in six games
  • Was named the SJHL’s Defenceman of the Year
  • Has gone undrafted the last two years and is eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Is committed to the NCAA’s Mercyhurst Lakers for next season

David Quenneville

David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers)

  • Had 26 goals and 54 assists in 70 games during his fourth WHL season
  • His 26 goals and 80 points were the most by all defencemen in the WHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and seven assists in six games
  • A seventh round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the New York Islanders in April
  • He played in three AHL games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the end of the season

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Colby Sissons (Swift Current Broncos)

  • Had 13 goals and 58 assists in 72 games during his third WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and 18 assists in 26 games
  • His 18 assists and 23 points were the most by all defencemen in the WHL playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a goal and three assists in three games
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the New Jersey Devils in October 2016

Ty Smith

Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)

  • Had 14 goals and 59 assists in 69 games during his second WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had two goals and five assists in seven games
  • Was named the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year
  • At the World Under-18’s, he had no points in five games for Canada
  • At the Ivan Hlinka, he had three assists in five games for Canada
  • Was selected with the 17th overall pick by the New Jersey Devils at the 2018 NHL Draft

Conor Timmins

Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Had eight goals and 33 assists in 36 games during his third OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and 13 assists in 23 games
  • Was tied with Riley Stillman for the most goals by all defencemen in the OHL playoffs with five and was tied with Benjamin Gleason for the most points by all defencemen in the OHL playoffs with 18
  • At the World Juniors, he had a goal and four assists in seven games for Canada
  • His +15 rating was the best plus/minus mark at the World Juniors
  • A second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche in March

Cooper Zech

Cooper Zech (Wenatchee Wild)

  • Had 11 goals and 58 assists in 58 games during his first season in the BCHL after half a year in the USHL
  • His 58 assists were the most in the BCHL
  • His 69 points and 1.19 points per game were the most by all defencemen in the BCHL
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and 19 assists in 20 games
  • His 19 assists and 23 points were the most by all defenceman in the BCHL playoffs
  • In the Doyle Cup, he had two goals and three assists in five games
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a goal and three assists in five games
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the NCAA’s Ferris State Bulldogs next season

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