Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders are proud to announce the winners of the Jim Neilson Award as Most Valuable Defenceman Presented By North Star Signs are Kaiden Guhle and Zack Hayes.
Guhle and Hayes anchored the Raiders’ top pairing for most of the season.
In his sophomore season, Guhle led all Raiders’ blueliners in scoring with 11 goals and 29 assists. The Sherwood Park, AB product was the top-ranked WHL player and eighth among North American skaters NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the NHL Draft.
Hayes wrapped up his WHL career with a career-high seven goals and 16 assists. He also tied for the team lead with a plus-37 rating. His 68 penalty minutes incurred were the fewest of his WHL career. Earlier this month, Hayes signed an AHL contract with the Vegas Golden Knights organization.
Last Five Winners of the Jim Neilson Award as Most Valuable Defenceman
- 2018-19: Brayden Pachal
- 2017-18: Vojtech Budik
- 2016-17: Vojtech Budik
- 2015-16: Brendan Guhle and Jesse Lees
- 2014-15: Sawyer Lange