JC Lipon is on the draft radar as a 19-year-old (Kelvin Harrison photo)After not a single NHL team felt he was worth investing a draft pick on in the last two NHL entry drafts, it seems the third time is the charm for Kamloops Blazers winger JC Lipon.
Lipon, who turns 20 in July, broke out into a gritty star in his fourth season in Kamloops following showing glimpses of his scoring potential last year. He notched 36 goals and 89 points in 61 games, while racking up 115 minutes in the sin bin.
The 6-foot, 189-pounder believes he is a classic late bloomer, but he also feels opportunity had a lot to do with his slow-and-steady development.
“My development has been slower than other players I’ve played with,” he said. “It took me a while to get going in the WHL. The first year I had to adjust to speed and just the overall talent of the league. But I also think I had to earn my ice time more than some other players. I was a smaller player when I came to Kamloops and I was undrafted, so I had to prove that I had the potential to be a first-line player. In myRead More »from NHL draft tracker: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers