Parker Wotherspoon

by kevinpedersen on January 18, 2017

 

Parker Wotherspoon - WHL.ca

 

Parker   Wotherspoon, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 172

Born: 1997-08-24

Hometown: Surrey, BC, CAN

Drafted: 2015 by New York Islanders, 112th overall

 

 

 

Observations:

January 16, 2017 - Parker Wotherspoon is enjoying another nice season in the WHL for the Tri-City Americans. As a 19-year-old, he has provided great leadership, as well as point production. Parker is a gifted playmaker in the sense that he makes the 'simple' play all the time, and puts pucks in smart areas. He has an underrated shot, and can get pucks to the net. His skating ability is above average, and has the ability to pull away from the forecheck, or skate the puck out of trouble using his speed. Projects to me as a solid depth defenseman who will be low maintenance at the NHL level as someone who can move pucks, and make intelligent plays. He has good defensive ability as well which leads me to believe that down the line he could be an NHL player. This may take some time, as Parker will need some time in the AHL after Junior to learn the pro game and adjust to the speed. I could see him playing a few years in the Minors before making the big club. Kevin Pedersen

May 2016 - Parker Wotherspoon was a bright spot for Tri-City during the 2015-16 campaign.  He improved from nine goals and 42 points in his draft year to 11 goals and 45 assists in 2015-16.  The highlight of his year, however, came on March 24, 2016 when he signed an ATO with Bridgeport.  He made his professional debut on April 3, 2016.  At 18 years, seven months and 10 days old, Wotherspoon became the youngest player to ever suit up for the Sound Tigers.  He dressed in six regular season games and recorded his first career professional point on April 17.  He also got into two playoff games, adding another assist against the Toronto Marlies.  However, the Sound Tigers were swept, ending Wotherspoon’s season.  The fact that he received an AHL call-up at 18 years old shows how highly regarded he is within the Islanders’ organization.  It would not be surprising to see him sign an entry level contract in the near future.  He is a left-handed puck-moving defenseman who should light up the WHL next season.  Expect him to be in the conversation to make Team Canada at the 2017 World Juniors. - Brent Craswell

June 2015 - The New York Islanders selected defenseman Parker Wotherspoon with the 112th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

June 2015 - Wotherspoon’s skating is what makes him such an elite prospect. His skating and acceleration is up with some of the top draft eligible prospects, especially those on defense. Defensively Wortherspoon is smart and keeps it simple where he’ll use his frame to protect the puck and move it quickly to avoid hits. Offensively, Parker is an extremely good passer and his shot comes off fairly quick and surprisingly hard for a man of his size. Overall, Wotherspoon has great tools but more importantly is able to use his skating to make himself better in all situations and make up for any mistakes he or his partner makes. Benjamin Gallant

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Wotherspoon has some great tools on both the offensive and defensive end of the ice. He’s a calm player but it will take a while before he’s ready for the NHL.

 

Footage:

Wotherspoon drops the mitts on Valentine’s Day, 2015:

 

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