Just got off the phone with Broncos Director of Scouting Jamie Porter.
Here's his thoughts on the small but skilled Evan Richardson...
"Evan is a quick, very skilled. We thought he was the fastest player in the draft by a long shot. We are excited that he has a 2nd and a 3rd gear and he can make plays with the puck at high speeds."
Our reports is that he's a highly skilled, goal scorer....
"Absolutely, he is very gifted around the net. We're very excited at the opportunity for him to come and and play with our group. He matches our team speed and he will elevate our skill level up front. He might be the fastest player on the team once he makes the roster."
What about his commitment to the WHL and Swift Current?
"We've had some discussions with the family beforehand. We've spoke with his coach who is former Bronco Evan Marble. We've had nothing but good feelings from the family. We don't think there will be any concerns (of him reporting)."
I sensed a lot of excitement in the voice of Jamie Porter. Richardson is coming into a very stable organization.
At 5'6, 135 he's not the biggest player but no doubt the league has opened up again for the smaller, skilled forwards.
A side-note, he's a red-head... sounds a lot like a younger version of Cody Eakin??