The Foote family name carries a lot of profound hockey ability and top-tier talent, and Nolan Foote looks to be an extension of that. Nolan is the son of former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote and is the brother of Tampa Bay Lightning defensive prospect Callan Foote.
Name: Nolan Foote
Date of Birth: November 29, 2001
Nationality (Place of Birth): Canada/USA (Denver, Coloardo)
Weight: 187 lbs
Foote, a Denver native, stands at 6’3″ tall and 187 lbs. The left-shooting forward was drafted 43rd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam draft, but was quickly able to prove that he was worth far more to the Kelowna Rockets than initially expected. Since making his WHL debut in 2016, Foote has tallied 138 points in 168 games (0.82 P/GP), 107 of which were primary (0.64 P/GP).
In 66 WHL games this season, the 18 year-old LW potted 36 goals and added 27 assists for 63 points (0.95 P/GP), 53 of which were primary points (5v5P, 0.8 P/GP).
From what I have gathered, Nolan Foote is an excellent shooter. He is known for a quick and well-timed release (a-la Phil Kessel) and possesses fantastic puck-protection, which is considered to largely be due to his size. Foote is also known to be an excellent net-front presence, which is a need for many teams in the league.
Skating is widely considered the biggest issue in Foote’s game, although it appears to be improving. Considered to be a power forward, ‘hard’ play is apparently a need, although I don’t necessarily believe that.
According to Last Word on Hockey, Nolan Foote is most comparable to that of Calgary Flames forward James Neal. Yet again, I don’t exactly agree with this, although I see the connection. Neal, is a great shooter, and is a pretty perimeter-centric player because of it. Foote, on the other hand, is consistently present in front of the net, and thus echoes a James van Riemsdyk like presence.
Foote is expected to be selected in the 2nd round (44.2 average draft rank). Based on his average draft rank, there are a few likely destinations for Foote. The Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche pick between 40-47. The Avalanche might be the most likely destination out of those teams. Foote’s father, Adam now works for KO Sports, a boutique hockey agency and KO represents several Avalanche players including Ian Cole, Anton Lindholm and J.T. Compher.
Statistics retrieved from eliteprospects.com, prospect-stats.com, and lastwordonhockey.com