Players To Watch: 2017 Drafted Defensemen

The Springfield Jr. Blues will be running a featured series called “Players to Watch”. These stories will highlight the newest Springfield Jr. Blues players that will be competing at Main Camp.  The camp is FREE to all fans who wish to attend and will begin on Friday, June 23rd, and conclude on Sunday afternoon with the All-Star Game.


Marcus Walter
Position: Defenseman
Age: 18
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 210
Hometown: St. Albert, AB, Canada
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round, (7th Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft

The Springfield Jr. Blues used their first pick in the 2017 NAHL Draft to select defenseman Marcus Walter. Walter has played the past 2 seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the Drayton Valley Thunder. Last season for the Thunder, Walter tallied 6 goals and 12 assist in 59 games played.

Springfield Head Coach/GM Tyler Rennette on Marcus Walter, “Marcus is a very skilled defenseman with great size. With his skill set and experience of playing 2 years of Canadian juniors, he should be able to adjust quickly to the NAHL style of play.”

Max Osborne
Position: Defenseman
Age: 18
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 165
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Acquired: Drafted 5th Round, (100th Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft

With their 5th round pick in the 2017 NAHL Draft, Springfield selected defenseman Max Osborne. Osborne, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, has spent the past 2 seasons playing for New Hampton School in New Hampshire. This past season, Osborne played in 29 games, scoring 3 goals and adding 9 assists.

Springfield Head Coach/GM on Max Osborne, “Max is another skilled defenseman that can help us immediately. He is a great skater with offensive instincts that can help our team on the ice.”