Monday, May 30, 2011

Prospect Feature

Prospect Feature
Daniel Wapple
2010 4th round 82nd overall Bantam Draft pick

Daniel Wapple was drafted in 2010 and played last season with the Saskatoon Blazer Midget AAA’s.  The 16 year old goaltender was in his rookie year last season.   Playing in 44 games for a total of 1,651 minutes with a 3.55 goals against average and a .90 save percentage.

Wapple also had the opportunity to play in the 2011 Canada Winter Games, appearing in two match ups for team Saskatchewan. 

Rob MacLachlan, Assistant Director of Hockey Operations and Director of Scouting describes Wapple as a “smaller goaltender; very quick in the net and with a sharp glove hand,” Along with those admirable attributes, MacLachlan says Wapple’s biggest standout is his willingness to compete. 

When asked about his willingness to compete and never give up on a play, Daniel made it clear that work ethic is something he takes to heart.  “I think my drive comes from watching the NHL, to see those players doing what they love night after night; is very motivating.  That is my dream and I don’t want to look back one day and say that I could have worked harder.  You have to give it your all every day,” commented Wapple.

Winning both the MVP of his team and Rookie of the Year Honours, Daniel said his first season with the Blazers was very memorable.  “It was a huge honour, especially since there were a lot of rookies on the team this year.  I worked very hard all year and was excited that others took notice,” he added.

Daniel describes himself as an athletic goalie, who doesn’t go down on every shot but competes every time he is on the ice. With those characteristics in mind, Daniel is hoping to not only show the Warriors coaching staff he is here to contend, but play his very best.  “I just want to go out there and play my game.  You can’t really think about it—I just want to play how I can,” he added.   

Daniel will be between the pipes at the June prospects camp starting on June 2nd.  Stay tuned for ice times to see Wapple in action. 

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