Prospect: Adam Fox
Hometown: Jericho, New York
Acquired: Drafted 66th Overall in 2016 (Round 3)
Team: Harvard University
2016-17 Stats: 8 GP, 0G, 8A, 8 PTS, 4 PIM, +8
In the third round of the 2016 draft, the Flames snagged a very interesting defenseman in Adam Fox. While only 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, the defender had shown some high level hockey IQ and offensive instincts, posting 22 points in 25 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, as well as 9 points in 7 games at the Under-18 World Championships. We have learned in recent years that size does not matter like it used to, but talent matters more than ever. Betting on talent is a bet worth making and Adam Fox shows a lot of promise.
Usually freshmen in the NCAA have to work their way up the depth chart on their teams, especially when they are not highly touted draft picks. This has not been the case for Fox, as he has immediately commanded significant minutes, while producing tangible results in the form of 8 assists in 8 games. He is regarded as a key cog in one of the NCAA’s best powerplays, posting 5 assists on the man-advantage.
His coach had some strong praise for him too:
While very early into his NCAA career, the fact he is already having immediate success and playing an important role on his team is exciting. Fox is a very good candidate to earn a spot on Team USA at the upcoming World Junior Championships in December, where we could have the opportunity to see him perform on a big stage. He has been compared stylistically to players that have made a positive impact at the NHL level, including Tyson Barrie, John Klingberg and a guy named T.J. Brodie. At just 18, we should not expect to see him join the Flames organization for at least a couple of years, but if he has a successful first couple of seasons in the NCAA, you can bet the Flames will be trying to sign him to his entry-level deal.