He's the Captain of his OHL team, he should get a legitimate chance to make the team with the skills he brings to the table along with leadership.
I dunno... rnh, huberdeau, scheifele, strome, mcneill... I'm sure I'm forgetting some... that's some pretty impressive center depth to compete with if there's a lockout in the nhl this year. Even if huberdeau plays wing. And they're all a year older.