The Winterhawks will be well represented in the NHL Draft later this month in Chicago, with both Cody Glass and Henri Jokiharju as potential first round selections on the June 23rd. As highly rated prospects, both Glass and Jokiharju were invited to be part of the annual NHL Combine last weekend, and both drew headlines.
For Finnish defenseman Henri Jokiharju, his first season in North America was a successful one. He led all rookie defensemen in the WHL in scoring with his 48 points, and will be relied upon next season as a core member of the Winterhawks’ defense. The NHL Combine is a weekend event full of interviews with General Managers, media, and more, as well as extensive fitness testing. Jokiharju stood out with his explosiveness, recording a top-10 finish in both the vertical jump and the standing long jump, which should help his already solid draft stock.
Glass, meanwhile, has been one of this draft’s highest risers. Turning heads all over the media, Glass is a near certainty to be a top-10 pick this season. He spoke of his experiences at the combine:
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The next step for Glass and Jokiharju, as well as the other Hawks whose names may be called on June 23rd and 24th, will be to rest up ahead of what will be a busy summer for those selected. NHL development camps start immediately after the draft, with international summer camps following, ahead of the Winterhawks’ own camp in August.