Nick Lardis Video Report
April 4, 2023
By Grant McCagg
Nick Lardis set up two goals, took ten shots and played more than 25 minutes in a 6-3 Hamilton win versus Barrie in Game 3 of the first-round western conference OHL playoff series. I looked at his shifts and found plenty of notable plays. Here is his video scouting report.
Lardis was one of the most improved draft-eligible prospects in the second half of the season. In fact, he finished second in goal-scoring to only Connor Bedard in that time frame.
It all stems from being given top-line duties in Hamilton after his trade from Peterborough, and making the most of it.
He was very impressive in this game. Hamilton needed a win or they were going down 3-0 in the series, and he was the most effective player on the ice, utilizing his speed and working hard. I was particularly pleased by his own-zone effort. He got his stick on a lot of pucks and cut off passing and shooting lanes with speed and hustle.
Barrie goalie Anson Thornton stoned him on at least three of his ten shots, or Lardis has a five-point game or better. His speed was particularly evident on his breakaway where he blew around the defender to the outside but Thornton made the stop.
I wouldn’t call Lardis a dynamic playmaker but he created chances with his speed, and set up several teammates for scoring opportunities with crisp, accurate passes. A solid performance from him, and he’s continuing to move up in Recrutes’ rankings.”