#8 Grayden Siepmann – Defence
Birthdate: May 26, 2004
Draft: WHL Prospects Draft CGY (2019) Round 1 #13
Grayden Siepmann was a critical piece of the Calgary Hitmen roster for the 2021 -22 season and was a stalwart on the backend playing in 66 regular season games. The defenceman from Abbostford, BC, was drafted in the 2019 WHL Prospect Draft in the first round (13th overall). Since then, the 18-year-old has made an impression, now having played two seasons with the club.
“Grayden is coming off a year that saw him take on a massive amount of responsibility on the back end.” said Hitmen Head Coach Steven Hamilton “As a 17 year old, few players are asked to do as much heavy lifting for their team like he was.”
Persevering through a tough schedule, the Hitmen finished the season just one point out of a play off spot. “This season had its up’s and down’s. Just missing the playoffs by one point definitely hurts but, to the coaches’ credit, this past season played a significant role in my development.” said Siepmann “I learned a ton and got better as the season went on.”
Siepmann finished the season with 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists) and 28 PIM in 66 games played. Most recently, he headed to Germany with Canada’s National Men’s under-18 team for the 2022 IIHF World Championship coming out of the tournament with 3 points (2G, 1A) in 3 games.
The defenceman’s poised played caught the eye of scouts landing him on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm rankings at number 139 and then most recently on the NHL Central Scouting Final rankings, moving up to number 79 amongst North American Skaters. “Grayden is going to grow into an even more impactful player as he continues his junior career. NHL teams would project to add a player that is impactful all over the ice and Grayden has these tools.” said Hamilton.
“He plays in all situations.” Hamilton continued “He is a great skater, worked hard on his down-low defending and was able to have a significant impact on the offensive side of the ledger. ”
Now a couple months into the off season, Siepmann is looking forward to the draft hoping to hear his name called. “The biggest and unquestionably my proudest achievement would be being drafted. Being able to hear my name called in this year’s draft would be a dream come true and such a special moment for me, my family, and friends.” continued Siepmann “The amount of time and work put into this sport in unlike anything else and it would be such a surreal moment.”
That time and effort could likely pay off for the 18-year-old with the dream right on the horizon as we approach the 2022 NHL draft this week.
The draft will take place on Thursday, July 7 and Friday July 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.