ROSEMONT, IL – In honor of a new AHL affiliation, the Weekly One Timer introduces you to one member of the Chicago Wolves organization with five facts about and five quotes from that person.
This week’s edition focuses on defenseman Jake Walman.
- Walman was drafted 82nd overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. SOURCE: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=248066
- The 21-year-old holds dual citizenship and passports in both Canada and the United States. He was born in Canada, but his mother is American. Initially thought to be eligible to play for both Canada and the U.S. in the 2015 World Junior Championships, the IIHF deemed he didn’t meet 2/2 requirements to don a Team USA sweater. While he had resided in the U.S. for long enough, he was in the midst of playing his second of two required consecutive seasons in this country. Source: https://www.tsn.ca/mckenzie-the-curious-case-of-jake-walman-1.400601
- Walman suffered a shoulder injury right before the start of Canada’s WJC camp, to which he had earned an invite. This injury ended not only his WJC hopes but also his sophomore season with Providence College. Source: https://www.tsn.ca/canadian-walman-ruled-out-of-world-juniors-1.405713
- He tallied seven points (2G, 5A) with the St. Louis Blues in this summer’s Traverse City NHL Prospects’ tournament. His seven points were only three fewer than Alex DeBrincat, who led the tournament. Source: https://lastwordonhockey.com/2017/09/21/jake-walman-finally/?doing_wp_cron=1509117072.1153869628906250000000
- The defenseman saw seven regular season games with the Wolves last season, tallying two goals and one assist. He repeated this point total in eight playoff games. Walman turned pro after his junior season of college hockey, signing an entry-level contract with the Blues after the conclusion of Providence College’s season.
- Walman’s freshman season also saw him winning the 2015 NCAA Championship with Providence College, skating in 41 games.
“That was probably one of the best feelings of my life, especially playing hockey. I didn’t know how much a national championship really meant until I played hockey in the States. Especially college hockey, it’s one of the biggest things to win, so that helped me as a player, it helped me as a teammate and I learned a lot that year.”
7. As for the best part of his game?
“I like to use my skating. I think I have a good eye for the game. I like to use my teammates and I think my footwork can really get me out of situations and that’s what separates me. I like to use my shot. I pretty much shoot from anywhere on the ice. If you watch me play, that’s how you know I’m on my game, if I’m shooting from anywhere.”
8. Jake Walman is aware that he still has room to grow in his first full season as a professional.
“You can always work on something. For me, especially pro hockey, it’s the defensive side of the game. Being a defenseman that’s the first priority in your own zone, and that’s what I’ve been trying to work on in practice. Having a good stick, and using my body even though some guys are bigger, it’s about your positioning and adding the ‘man strength’ off the ice is a huge thing for me. So, it’s what I’ve been working on, and what I’ve gotta keep working on throughout the year and in the summers.”
9. Though it’s early in the season, Rocky Thompson has been trusting the young defenseman in every situation.
“I like those situations, like when I’m in pressure situations. I feel like I can adapt my game with any position I’m put into… I know what I can bring to the table, and being put out in those pressure situations, especially at the end of the game, power play stuff is where I really think I can strive.”
10. Walman had an “A” on his chest his junior season with Providence. Being a leader is natural for him, even when he’s one of the youngest guys on the ice.
“I like – even though I’m a young guy – trying to be a leader to the guys that are here.”
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