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2017 Draft Prospect Profile: Cal Foote and Sins of the Father

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A defenseman with a high ceiling and a bad name

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As I started researching Callan “Cal” Foote for this profile, I saw a young defenseman with preternatural vision and passing ability, but one that will need a few years to add muscle and improve his skating ability. Overall, a great pick for Columbus in the latter half of the first round.

[extremely Stephen A. Smith voice] HOWEVA-

He has that last name, and yes he’s related to THAT Foote. Cal Foote is the son of former Blue Jackets captain Adam Foote. The same Adam Foote who quit on the team and had a plane gassed up and ready to go before his trade back to Colorado was even complete. Among most Blue Jackets fans, he remains persona non grata.

Maybe Cal Foote could complete a story of redemption. But I’d still rather not see Adam Foote step foot inside Nationwide Arena ever again.

Cal Foote

Position: Defense
Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Date of Birth: December 13, 1998
Birthplace: Englewood, Colorado
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 209 lbs
Shoots: Right

Scouting Reports

An assertive two-way defenceman that reads plays quickly and understands both the offensive and defensive sides of the roles he is put into. He plays a consistent game, and can be trusted to create chances from the back end on special teams. He uses his size to gain leverage against other players, though he isn't an overly physical force. His hockey sense is outstanding, and his ability to not just read but start and, on the odd occasion, finish plays is overtly indicative of his high talent level. - Elite Prospects

The best description I’ve heard of Foote is “incredibly smart.” The kid has very strong instincts of what to do and where to go on the ice, to the point where it’s almost spooky. Because of these instincts, he’s incredibly steady and doesn’t get caught out of position a lot – which gives his teammates the ability to “cheat” sometimes to create odd-man rushes. He’s an effective passer and shooter who anticipates well. He’s arguably not elite at any one thing, except perhaps his ability to think the game, but he doesn’t have many glaring weaknesses either. - The Hockey Writers

Foote offers good size at 6’4”, and uses his physical presence to make life difficult for opposing forwards. He’s your typical risk-averse defender, and he is fairly good passer for a player of his size. He’s not as physical as his father (former NHL defenceman Adam Foote), but his strength and defensive awareness provide him with plenty of potential in his own end.

Although he is fairly skilled for such a big guy, this is not a player you would expect to carry the puck in for a zone entry. His mobility will be a question mark throughout his development, and he must prove that he can keep up at the NHL level. In addition, he does not represent much of a goal-scoring threat, as he scored just 6 goals this season while playing on the third-highest scoring team in the WHL. Ultimately, you must be quite confident in Foote’s defensive potential to select him at #17. - Pension Plan Puppets

I’m a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and my butt smells and I like to kiss my own butt. - Adam Foote, probably

Stats

Cal Foote Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-
2013-14 Colorado Thunderbirds U16 T1EHL U16 33 2 12 14 19
2014-15 Colorado Thunderbirds U16 T1EHL U16 23 4 11 15 42
Omaha Lancers USHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
2015-16 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 8 28 36 36 16
2016-17 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 6 51 57 41 39
EliteProspects.com

Highlights