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03-08-2013, 03:23 PM
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A profile on Matt Buckles of the Junior A St. Michaels Buzzers, and the top 17-year-old scorer in the Ontario Junior Hockey League this season, finishing fourth in the league with 40 goals:
Matt Buckles (RW, 2013) St. Michaels Buzzers

Hard working, competitive forward who plays with tenacity .. his CHL rights are held by the Soo Greyhounds, however he is committed to play for the Cornell Big Red .. represented Canada East at the 2012 World Jr. A Challenge .. talented finisher with quick, skilled hands .. thrives cycling, shielding the puck impressively in traffic while utilizing a large, thick frame .. packs a heavy shot that features a quick, stealthy release .. doesn’t telegraph shots, generating impressive velocity with a minimal windup .. very determined once he gets into a lane, drives the net with authority .. brings a solid net presence – adept at positioning himself for open spots around the goal, keeping his feet moving and battling for a positional edge ….an awkward, rigid skater who lacks prime footspeed .. more of an hunched skater whose stride lacks power and start-up speed .. elevating his playmaking tempo is a key for him as he tends to slow down in possession .. can struggle with his discipline levels at times – goes overboard and can take poor penalties at inopportune times .. expected to lead the Buzzers deeps into the playoffs, and continuing to showcase his offensive flair before leaving for Cornell in 2014.

- Team Canada East evaluation camp report (Nov, 2012, David Burstyn)

Enjoyed an extended run with Lakeshore last season in his rookie OJHL season, advancing to the conference final playing a consistent shift on both the second and third lines .. a fearless competitor who has a good set of hands to complement his game and a growing frame .. judging from his big hands and skates, suggest that he will likely still add to his already-sizeable 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame .. creates scoring chances exploiting soft hands and a good touch with the puck, especially in tight quarters .. constantly follows up his shots and plays .. boasts a hard wrist shot, however lacks elite stickhandling skills .. plays more like a bull in a china shop .. deploying a slightly hunched-over skating style, he possesses good speed both in the straightaway and in diagonal cuts as he generates speed with his crossovers .. effective inside the offensive zone – keeps plays alive – via his intensity and long reach .. plays an honest physical game as he will battle in any area of the ice .. blessed with good size and an expansive frame that will be needed in order to take abuse and not get worn down by his style of play .. racks up points while playing a strong, physical two-way game .. committed to Cornell University.

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