Foote, Nolan

Bolts Ink 2019 1st Rounder Nolan Foote to ELC

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. The Lightning drafted Foote from the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League with the 27th overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia this past weekend. Nolan is the younger brother of the Lightning’s 2017 first-round pick Cal Foote and the son of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote.

Foote, 18, skated in 66 games with Kelowna during the 2018-19 season, posting 36 goals and 63 points to go along with 62 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Rockets for goals and power-play goals (17) and was tied for second for points. His 17 power-play markers ranked tied for fourth in the WHL. The Engelwood, Colorado native set career highs last season for games played, goals, points and penalty minutes last season.

The 6-foot-3, 188-pound forward has played in 168 career WHL games, all with Kelowna over three seasons, posting 68 goals and 138 points to go along with 118 penalty minutes. Foote has also appeared in 22 career WHL playoff games, recording three goals and 10 points.

First Round - 27th Overall: LW Nolan Foote

Name: Nolan Foote
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Kelowna (WHL)

The Lightning decided to keep their 2019 first rounder in the family by selecting left winger Nolan Foote, brother of 2017 first rounder Cal Foote. A power winger by trade, Foote's calling cards are his strength, blistering shot, and a mature 200 foot game that is advanced for most prospects his age. Foote's 36 goals and 63 points in 66 games were less than a point a game, which is a bit of a concern, but it's important to note that production came even as he played part of the campaign with a broken wrist. A high-floor player who is a safe pick that is likely to make the NHL due to his bloodlines and well-rounded game, Foote has drawn comparisons to NHL'er Charlie Coyle. The lone knock on Foote? He's been flagged for a lack of first step acceleration that some in the scouting community charge to a flaw in his skating mechanics, whereas others feel he just may not have always been engaged this past season and may have been a bit bored in his third season of junior hockey. We suspect the truth lies somewhere in between. Fortunately, both issues are correctable, to a degree, and Foote's style of play has come in demand for the Lightning as they come to grips with the fact the postseason may require heavier players capable of fighting through playoff clutching and grabbing.

Pros:
- Excellent size and strength capable of driving hard to the next
- Extremely heavy, overpowering shot
- Mature positionally with a good 200 foot game
- Shows toughness/high pain threshold

Cons:
- First step acceleration likely needs further development
- Accused of being bored at times with the junior hockey level

Projection:
- Solid two-way third line winger capable of spotting on a scoring line as a complementary winger

Nolan Foote

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
190
Born: 
11/29/2000
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Denver, CO
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#27) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Kelowna (WHL)
Projects As: 
Skilled 3rd liner who can play up

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2019
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
1
Pick No.: 
27
Draft Team: 
Kelowna (WHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
06/25/2019
Contract Type: 
Entry-level w/slide
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$925 000
Contract Start Year: 
2020
Contract End Year: 
2023
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$925 000
Salary: 
$925 000
Salary: 
$925 000

Bio

Comment: 
expected to return to Kelowna for the 2019-20 season w/ELC slide

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

Has all the physical tools you could ask for: size, strength, speed and quickness... Good blend of skill and savvy, but in his 3rd full WHL season, he’s left us wanting more most of the year. -- Red Line Report

Strengths: 

Safe prospect with a very high floor that should play in the NHL due to his bloodlines and hockey sense in all three zones. Plays a power game from the wing position with excellent size, strength, and a hard shot. Like his brother, he's positionally mature despite his age and plays a solid 200 foot game. Possesses a wickedly heavy shot that the Lightning believe is already NHL caliber.

Weaknesses: 

There's substantial disagreement within the scouting community about Foote's skating and/or motor. Some attribute his lack of burst to a flaw in his skating stride. Others believe his skating is solid, but doesn't always apply himself and may be bored with the junior hockey level. The truth may be somewhere in between.

Projection: 

Solid two-way third liner who can spot on a scoring line as a complementary winger

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Colorado Thunderbirds QC Int PW2 0 22 4|        
 2014-2015 Colorado Thunderbirds Bantam AAAT1EBHL4 1 34 0|        
  Colorado Thunderbirds U14Bantam15 18 1230 38|        
 2015-2016 Colorado Thunderbirds U16T1EHL U1632 18 2038 10|Playoffs3 0 00
 2016-2017 Kelowna RocketsWHL52 19 1635 25|Playoffs17 2 68
  Canada Black U17WHC-176 0 22 8|        
 2017-2018 Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 12 0|        
  Kelowna RocketsWHL50 13 2740 31|Playoffs4 1 12
 2018-2019 Kelowna RocketsWHL66 36 2763 62|        
 2019-2020 Kelowna RocketsWHL- - -- -|        

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