(F): DOB: 5/06/96. 5’9, 160 lbs. Shoots left. Gritty two-way player with an outstanding offensive punch. Is explosive with the puck and his vision. Makes those around him better. His drive with the puck is commanding and forceful, yet his hands own a soft, delicate touch. Deceptive and crafty – can shake pressure and open up lanes for a fast feed or a quick shot. Is a powerful half-board catalyst on the power play. A quick and mobile skater with outside speed. Can burst in coming wide but needs to work on his strength to gain ground on the inside. Great hockey sense and has an uncanny ability to find the open ice, and to make himself available for the puck at all times. Strong defensive support. Owns a high compete level and is more than willing to get his nose dirty. Needs to work on his focus and intensity when taking draws. Has the skills and smarts to excel at a higher level. Will be a scary prospect when he finds more strength. Two more years to develop before becoming NHL Draft eligible in 2014. Is eligible for the OHL Draft this coming spring, and as of right now, we fully anticipate him to be selected in the fifth to sixth round.
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(F): DOB: 7/19/96. 6’1, 170 lbs. Shoots left. An intelligent, skilled and strong power forward with exceptional skating ability. Owns mobility, balance and excellent hockey sense. Is dynamic on both sides of the puck and has an uncanny sense for reading and anticipating the play. An aggressive and physical presence that finishes his checks and uses his size well to protect the puck and win battles in the trenches. His hands are soft and crafty, and he possesses a great deal of vision. Is incredibly patient with the puck and is especially effective in fighting off pressure along the boards and in the corners, and nailing an open mate with an urgent, and accurate pass. Mature ice presence for his age and displays great communication skills. Sizeable now and will only be getting bigger. Needs to quicken his first steps and become more engaged and effective with the face-offs he squares up for. Is eligible for the OHL Entry Draft in 2012 and we fully expect him to be chosen within the second round. Serious potential for future professional play.
(D): DOB: 4/05/96. 5’11, 182 lbs. Shoots right. Average sized rearguard with a gritty bite. Fluid north/south skater with serviceable agility. Needs to develop more lateral strength and quickness. Extremely effective when playing physical and keeping his game simple. Decent hands and vision. Had a hard time here giving or receiving passes, let alone working the puck. Was prone to give aways with the puck when under pressure and was not very strong on his stick. For some reason he stopped moving his feet when defending and started lunging and reaching with his stick, which left him stationary, vulnerable and a non-factor in the play. Is a raw project with good skating ability, physical upside and limited, yet useful offensive potential. Is best served as a physical, support defenseman that is tough in his own zone and that can pitch in offensively from the point.
(D): DOB: 5/26/94. 6’3, 206 lbs. Shoots right. The type of defender that players hate to be squared up against: Big and mean. Hits to hurt and to make a lasting impression. Aggressive and will seek out opportunities to use his size. Intimidating in front of his own net and makes it a grueling place to dwell. Takes care of business in his own zone with size and stick-work. Extremely strong and powerful skater for his size and has a surprisingly quick first set of steps. Great communicator on the ice and is effective at getting the puck out of his zone. Occasionally activates on offense but is normally the stay-at-home type. Has a relentless shot that is heavy and hard. At times can be overzealous with his pinching instincts. Has already committed to Penn State’s Hockey Program and was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League back in 2010. At some point in time, a difficult decision will have to be made between playing college hockey and getting an education or playing Major Junior while developing his professional game and sharpening his edge. Is NHL Draft eligible in 2012. Look for him to be drafted in the late rounds.
(D): DOB: 6/7/96. 5’7, 135 lbs. Shoots left. Lacks size but his hockey sense, offensive skills and smooth skating cannot be ignored. Top notch puck skills and creativity. Keeps the puck on a string. Can shake pressure and make plays simultaneously. Confident and poised. Sees the ice and can find the open man. A seamless and agile skater that picks up speed out of his turns. Secures the blue up top very well and can orchestrate the play with the man advantage. Will jump into the offensive play down-low and drift towards the net. Adept at popping into open ice at just the right time. Has no physical presence per se but still gets into the thick of things and is more than willing to battle for puck possession. Is more of a stick on puck defender though and at times gives up far too much time and space in his own zone. Has all the tools to play at the next level. Hopefully some size will end up finding him along the way.
(D): DOB: 7/19/97. 6’2, 185 lbs. Shoots right. A truly talented and dominant player. Is the youngest member of his team (he is a ’97 birth year amongst ’96’s) but plays beyond his years. Possesses outstanding hockey sense and the game, on occasion, seems effortless for him. An offensive defenseman with fluid footwork and a great deal of athleticism. Sees the ice extremely well. Holds a lethal touch and patience with the puck and can hit his mark with it. Fires a quick and accurate shot. Has pro size and uses it well to smother the play and grind players off of the puck. Shows ‘flashes’ of an appetite for the big hit and has been known to absolutely devastate bodies in open ice. He at times becomes less focused and urgent about his defensive responsibilities and falls out of position, leaving him to chase and rely on his long reach. Has to use his lateral agility and size on a more consistent and aggressive basis.