Used to play centre forward, but he’s mostly a LW now. 6’0’’ tall and has a pretty good strength level for his age. Competes well along boards and likes going to the net. Plays both ways and can be used in all situations. Not really a finesse player or a playmaker, so don’t expect him to run the power play. Probably won’t score high numbers on his own, but with the right linemates he can be fairly productive in a top-6 role. Had some problems with his skating after adding weight during the off-season, but things have clearly improved since then. Will be interesting to see how he adapts to the OHL.
Just finished up his first season in the OHL. He ended up leading the Frontenacs in scoring, with 51 points (22 goals) in 61 games. He even managed to finish the year a +2, despite Kingston as a team finishing almost -60.
More than his offense, I was impressed with his game. He's great along the boards, great on the cycle, and despite him not being very big, he's very tough on his skates and protects the puck very well. Often he'll knock the defenseman off the puck, or the defenseman will bounce off him when he's protecting the puck.
His game is very well suited for the pro game, too. Not a whole lot of flash and dash, but just very good at the cycle and battle game along the boards.
He's a 1994 birthdate, so he'd be an overage pick this June. But I think he could be a very solid late round pick up. He's definitely got the potential, IMO, to be a solid 3rd or 4th line winger at the NHL level. He certainly plays, and excels, at the type of game that you want from a bottom six player.