MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: forward Alex Newhook.
| ||Date of birth: January 28, 2001 |
Birthplace: Saint John's, NL, CAN
Weight: 195 lbs.
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 16
Final ranking, North American skaters: 13
|Season ||Team ||League ||Games played ||Goals ||Assists ||Points |
|2018-19 ||CAN ||WJC-18 ||7 ||5 ||5 ||10 |
|2018-19 ||Victoria ||BCHL ||53 ||38 ||64 ||102 |
|2017-18 ||Victoria ||BCHL ||45 ||22 ||44 ||66 |
Newhook has certainly enjoyed a breakout this season in the BCHL, finishing his second season in the league as the league's leading scorer with his next-closest competitor 18 points back. The 2019 Draft hopeful also did well for himself in the playoffs, finishing as the leading scorer there too with 11 goals and 24 points in 15 games.
He was named the recipient of the Vern Dye Memorial trophy, awarded to the player who was most valuable towards his team's success during the regular season, as well as the Brett Hull trophy, handed to the league's top point-getter. Newhook managed all that as one of the youngest players in the league.
For those curious about players coming from the BCHL, note that Canadiens prospect Brett Stapley played there as late as the 2017-18 campaign. Stapley was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2018 by Montreal.
Newhook has also left his mark on the international stage at the most recent World Under-18 Hockey Championship. The Canadian forward led his team with 10 points (5G, 5A) in seven games.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder is expected to play for Boston College in the NCAA next season.
"The left-shot forward led the BCHL in points while showcasing great skating, hands and vision. Patience will be key as Newhook continues his development at Boston College next season, but the payoff could be big." -Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau
"Newhook plays at a high pace, is strong on pucks and can make quick decisions and plays." -Mike G. Morreale, NHL Central Scouting Bureau