C-R / 5-11.25, 165 / 08-Aug-91
Skating: 60 / Skill: 70 / Sense: 60 / Compete: 65 / Tough: 55
Strengths:Excellent shooting touch and can score from anywhere. Plays with a lot of grit.
Weaknesses:Could be a better skater for his size. Struggled on the big stages (Top Prospects Game, U-18 at Fargo).
Good pure scoring skills. Has a hard, accurate shot and can unload it on the move. Can create for himself, but sometimes it seems he doesn't quite click with linemates. Good but not great skater. Good stop-start quickness, okay speed and agility. Likes to play physical, but doesn't have the size to be effective. Smart away from the puck, and a decent PKer. Not much of a fighter, but in the handful of fights (4) he had this season, he went at it aggressively. Played a ton of minutes this season and was out on the ice in all key situations for the Rebels.
Summary: Despite being very disappointing in Oshawa and Fargo, you have to give him a lot of credit for scoring 37 goals on a bad team. Is going to need to score at the next level to contribute, however. I like his value once the first round gets to about the 20th pick.
Draft Day: Probably a back end of the first round guy.