Statistics: 30 GP, 45-55—100 (Breck School)
Scouting: 17th among North American skaters
The Hockey News: 72nd
A Minnesota recruit who will spend this coming year either
back with the Breck School or with the U.S. NTDP, Wheeler
is a young entrant to this draft (born 8/31/86). He'll join
the Gophers in the fall of 2005.
Take: “He's a 6-foot-4 player who scored 100
points last year. You can say what you want about the level
of competition, but not many players can do that.
has very good patience with the puck. He's got real good hands,
good finishing skills and great size.
now he needs to fill out. He's got room to grow, and he's
got time to get stronger and get better. Meanwhile, his ability
to score and to create offense make him a great prospect."
Projection: While The Hockey News has him
ranked as a third-rounder, we find it hard to believe that
teams would pass on him twice. His size and skill –
plus the knowledge that he has a year of juniors and at least
one year of college to develop for free – should make
Wheeler at least a second-round pick.