Not only were the Prince Albert Raiders the best team in the WHL this season, but it wasn’t particularly close: the second-place Vancouver Giants finished 11 points behind them in the standings.
Veteran experience is always handy when you’re on top in major junior, but the Raiders also had an excellent rookie in defenseman Kaiden Guhle, whom Prince Albert selected first overall in the 2017 bantam draft. The team is keeping a watchful eye over their prized freshman as they know they’re developing him for the long term. “The difference between a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old in this league is a lot bigger than the difference between a 26-year-old and a 30-year-old in the NHL,” said Raiders coach Marc Habscheid. “You have to be careful.”
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.