VANCOUVER -- If he was being completely honest, Dalton Thrower probably would admit that he'd prefer to be somewhere else this season.
Ideally, the 19-year-old defenseman would be starting his professional career with the Montreal Canadiens, the organization that selected him in the second round (No. 51) of the 2012 NHL Draft. But Thrower already had done the math, and the numbers just didn't add up to him sticking in the NHL.
Instead, he's back in the Western Hockey League for another season, playing with the Vancouver Giants, who acquired him from the Saskatoon Blades in an offseason trade. Thrower grew up in Squamish, British Columbia, about an hour north of Vancouver.