What are his strengths? Weaknesses?
From what i know without looking at his profile, he was i believe nominated or won defensive forward of the year award in the OHL or whereever he played. Played a ton of minutes against top line forward of opposing teams so hes a shutdown forward. I think hes got a solid offensive game but un sure. I dont know weaknesses
Anyone seen him play? (I'm talking about more than just one game)? I havent
WHen should he be ready to make the Wings?
Depends. Im guessing hes 2-3 years away because its gonna take him a little while to adjust his game against AHL top liners if thats the case and since he aint a finesse scorer or a scorer period hes gonna have to take time and learn things. All in all i assume this Kid has a decent shot at making it, depends on a lot tho. I wouldnt mind seeing him play in a few years and get taught by the likes of Draper and Maltby, we always have great luck when kids play with Vets of high end skill of there types they always suceed later. Fischer and Chelios, Hull and Datsyuk (hull taught dats a lot more then i think we think)
Scouting reports I've read say that Oulahen is a defensive center and penalty killer with limited offensive potential. A solid positional defender and stick checker, but not a physical player at all. Could be a third line center in 2 years. Max potential at the NHL level is probably 20-30-50. Not sure about faceoffs. Haven't seen him play though.
In the OHL coaches poll, he was in the top three in faceoffs, PK, skating, hardest working, and defensive forward.
I haven't seen him play.
He logged a ton of minutes against the OHL's best forwards every night. And he still scored nearly a point per game. I've heard people say that if he hadn't been limited to a shutdown role, he probably could have had pretty impressive offensive numbers in the OHL. But his offensive upside is still limited. I don't know of anybody who thinks he has the offensive ability to be a 2nd line center.
He's not a hitter, but he doesn't shy away from contact either.
To me he seems like a poor man's Kris Draper, but less physical, a bit bigger, and maybe better finishing skills (though last year, Draper proved he can score a few goals). Maybe PJ Axelsson would be a good comparison, but Oulahen's a center.
He wasn't one of the first players cut during camp, so he's probably ready to play in the AHL right now, as opposed to the ECHL. He might be ready in two or three years, but Detroit has a few 3rd-4th liners already that might keep him in GR longer.