Might as well add Kelowna Rockets captain Colton Sissons
to the long list of coveted 2012 draft prospects suffering from injury or illness this season.
According Dubnation Magazine, Sissons will be sidelined at least one month with a concussion.
The 6-foot-1, 189-pound forward, who is NHL Central Scouting's No. 14-ranked skater in North America, is first in goals (26) and second in points (41) for the Rockets this season. He also has a team-leading 13 power-play goals, and has produced two shorthanded goals.
Sissons was injured in the team's 3-2 loss to the Kamloops Blazers on Feb. 11 at Prospera Place in Kelowna.
There are some scouts who feel Sissons might just be the best two-way forward available in the upcoming draft.
"I definitely look up to a guy like Ryan Kesler
," Sissons told NHL.com at the 2012 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Feb. 1. "I like watching Mike Richards
also. I like those type of guys who are reliable in their own zone and put up numbers in the offensive zone. They're always working and they're always moving their feet. Kesler and Richards are definitely guys I look up to and want to be like one day in the NHL."
Sissons said he could be put in any situation on the ice.
"I could pretty much play any position … wing or center," he said. "I'd prefer center, no doubt about that, but I've been adjusting to wing a lot in my career."
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