In his second OHL campaign, he registered 66 points in 62 games to place fourth on the Oshawa Generals' scoring list. Despite his ability to produce offense, he flies under the radar. Perhaps his lack of size and strength are the main culprits. Still, there is a lot to like about his game: his ability to play center at both ends of the ice is solid and he is both a distributor of the puck and a finisher. In order to gain greater attention as an NHL prospect, he will need to add bulk and get physically stronger to prove to his doubters that he has the talent to override his shortcomings. Talented, smallish center with upside.
He plays the game like an old-school playmaking center who constantly seeks out teammates with crisp passing skills. In his second season in the Ontario Hockey League, he was traded from Flint to Barrie--which was the catalyst to jump-start his prospect status for the NHL draft. Also owns a projectable frame. Tends to pass up shots in quality areas of the ice, which he must curb in order to maximize output at the highest level; he needs to commit to becoming a better shooter so as to keep NHL defenders honest. Also needs to fill out his frame and get stronger. Solid, playmaking center with some upside.
In his first taste of the Canadian Hockey League, he produced at over a point-per-game pace with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs playing on a line with junior scoring sensation Shane Wright. Owns the offensive chops and creativity to produce points at all levels. Is very quick, elusive and shifty. Can score goals but is also quite adept at setting up his teammates. Also owns a projectable frame. Is not an elite skater in terms of straight-line speed, though he is improving in that area. His hockey sense and instincts are first-rate and allow him to control the flow of play whenever he is on the ice. Talented, creative offensive winger with good upside.
A center with a projectable frame, he stands out due to an incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude on the ice. Also, he does not mind the physical aspects of the game, so he will need to bulk up and get stronger in order to thrive while playing his style in the pros. There are questions about his long-range scoring output as well as his skating style, though he makes up for it with sheer will and determination. Goes to the dirty areas of the ice in order to score goals. Needs to add more polish to his game in the NCAA ranks before turning pro. Industrious, gritty center with upside.
As the son of both a former NCAA goaltender at Providence College (father) as well as a college star field hockey player (mother), he has the ideal pedigree for any National Hockey League player. Is a highly skilled forward with a competitive streak to match. Is somewhat undersized for the NHL but he makes up for it with a feisty attitude and loads of grit. His hockey IQ is top-notch and he also owns agitating qualities that make him a pain to play against. Compared to NHL star agitator Brad Marchand, he will need to bulk up and get stronger to maximize output. Diminutive but talented, agitating winger with upside.
His father Brian was a quality goal-scorer and skater at the National Hockey League level, and while he may not be as good in those areas he might have a stronger work ethic and better hockey sense than his dad. Committed to play his NCAA hockey at the University of Notre Dame. His frame is projectable and his skating ability should not be an issue in the pro ranks. He will need to fill out and get stronger in order to maximize output at the highest level. His ability to compete for pucks and specific areas on the ice add to his overall value for NHL teams. Smart, competitive forward with upside.
Few question his work rate and ability to constantly battle for possession of the disk; he wins his fair share of puck battles over the course of a hockey contest. A tall winger with a very projectable frame, he was able to put up solid numbers in the USHL mostly by overpowering and outworking his opponents. Is rather raw in terms of his overall offensive ability and needs time to refine his game in the money zone. Also needs to continue to work on his skating in order to measure up to current National Hockey League standards, since he will not be able to outscore his deficiencies at the highest level. Big, industrious winger with upside.
An excellent playmaker, he toils mostly at right wing but can also line up at center. In fact, he plays the game far more like a man in the middle because he is constantly looking to distribute the puck to his teammates with his vision and deft passing skills. Also skates very well. Is significantly undersized for the pro game, so he must add bulk and get physically stronger in order to withstand the rigors of the National Hockey League. Point production will remain his key to success as he climbs the developmental ladder. Diminutive, talented and versatile forward with upside.
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