|C/LW COLE FONSTAD|
|Birthplace: Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Weight: 159 lbs|
|NHL Draft: 2018 | Round 5 | 128th overall|
|Montreal Canadiens own rights until June 1, 2020|
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 2019-20
An offensive dynamo, a great playmaker that sees the ice at an elite level. Fonstad’s skating is average at best he doesn’t move that well and his acceleration is not great either. He has the skill to make high-end passes that many opposing defenders have trouble picking up. His vision is well advanced, he can pick out players and read their next move and saucer a pass on a platter. He can be quite deceptive with his next move when handling the puck at a standstill or cutting through the neutral zone entering the offensive zone. His puck skills are special, he’s showed on numerous occasions that he can make great stickhandling plays and maneuvers. Fonstad’s release developed over the course of the season displaying good accuracy and decision making while utilizing it more often. Fonstad has a good understanding of the two-way game, he’s a smart player that puts his stick in good positions to break up plays either 5-on-5 or on the penalty kill.
“I don’t know how to explain it, he’s a special kid and he’s proving that right now. He’s been off to a tremendous start, I got an opportunity to watch him play a couple weeks ago in Moose Jaw and he’s playing very well… The big thing for Cole is the move to wing, it’s allowed him to show off his play making skills and certainly you see that with every pass, it’s spot on.” – Tom Copeland, Estevan Bruins Bantam AA head coach.
“Cole’s best quality is his vision and ability to find the open man. He quarterbacked the Raiders powerplay all season. He makes the passes that you don’t expect him to make. Cole has the ability to seemingly gain the offensive blue-line at will…His hockey IQ is far ahead of his age…His downfall is his defensive ability and aggressiveness. He got pushed around at times down low and had a tendency to lose puck battles.” – (Hockey Prospect)