When the Nashville Predators drafted Colton Sissons in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, it wasn’t because he was an overwhelmingly talented offensive threat. It was because Sissons is a prototypical Predator type of player.
Sissons is a good two-way forward whose game has often been compared to Mike Fisher of the Predators. He spent the past three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets, the last two of which he was captain. Sissons had his best season with the Rockets last season before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the playoffs. He had 67 points (28 goals, 39 assists) in 61 regular season games. He came into this past week’s development camp with a lot of confidence in the way his game has developed over the past year.
“Every year it always grows and coming back here with a little more size and a little bit more confidence is a huge part of it, and there’s lots of talent out here so it always pushes you,” Sissons said.
Sissons said everything is “all good” injury wise and that he’s back to 100 percent. Now, he can simply focus on how he can better develop his game to become NHL ready. One of the most important aspects of the game that Sissons brings to the table is something he learned while being a captain in Kelowna.
“Definitely my leadership aspect. I kind of learned that trait when I was there and I became captain at a pretty young age, so that was probably the biggest attribute that I bring here,” Sissons said.
Sissons really values the leadership aspect that he brings to the table. He’s not a player that can solely rely upon his skill to get him to the top. Yes, Sissons does have some offensive ability and is a good two-way forward, but the leadership intangibles to his game could end up being what separates him from some of the other crop in the Nashville pipeline.
“I’m definitely not the most skilled guy around,” Sissons said. “There are no secrets about that, so that’s something that I bring that a lot of other guys might not have. It’s definitely an advantage for me.”
Sissons is ready to take the next step in his career this upcoming season. He’s spent the past three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Kelowna and has proven that he can be a very good player at that level. Now, he’s ready to take his game to the next level.
“I want to play professionally this year,” Sissons said. “I think that my junior days are over and I think I’m ready to move on, so whether that be in Nashville or in Milwaukee, I’m going to come into camp with the attitude that I’m going to make the Preds.”