A towering defenceman with a blistering point shot who finished third in goals among OHL defencemen with 18. May not project as a major point producer at the NHL level as he lacks speed and elite playmaking abilities, so he will need to round out his defensive game with continued improvements in skating, gap control and consistency to play a top-four role at the NHL level.
NHL Scouts’ Comments
Oct. 2016 – Feet are the problem. Speed is not great.
Nov. 2016 – I’m not a real big fan, he’s a knock kneed skater, a late birthday, but he moves the puck well. Poor mobility. His size and ability to move the puck are what scouts like.
Feb. 26, 2017 – Maybe late first. He’s a better skater than Foote. He’s good kid I interviewed him yesterday. He really came across well. He understands what his problems are…he’s working on Them. He’s pretty honest about his game. He’s never gonna be a hard guy. He lets the forward get to the puck.
Mar. 7, 2017 – He gets five or six good scoring chances a game.
Early second…that’s good. He’s got some nice features. He’s got a nice shot but his feet have got to get better that’s for sure. The guy I thought would never play is on the Islanders now…Pelech. Hague is a bit like him skating-wise, but he’s not as hard, and he’s a better puck guy, a better shot. I like him in the 2nd but there’s a lot of risk. It’s not like he creates lanes for his shot but he seems to know when to jump in..gets a lot of shots on net. It seems like he scores about once every ten good chances, and he gets lot of chances too. He’s smart enough to do that. He may score some goals in the NHL. But the feet and the lack of real pushback in his game is probably what you worry about. He can make plays when he has the puck in his own end but he gets caught in cycles and with his quickness to the puck..he’s going to get beat to the puck at the NHL level I think. When he has the puck I like him, but he’s got to get it first.