Owen Sound Attack – 2012 NHL Draft Eligible’s
Smith is a high energy; high compete level forward who may be the hardest worker in the draft. He has a nice skill set and good mobility, but his biggest asset is his compete level and the effort level that he brings to the ice. He does show a nice skill set, including some good vision with the puck and above average mobility.
Joseph Blandisi / Centre / 5.11 / 184 / Jul. 18, 1994
Blandisi is a smooth skating forward who displays above average footwork and acceleration. He is strong at skating the puck up the ice, reading the play and making a smart decision. He shows good finish around the net. He has some room to grow with his positional play and his ability to affect the game without the puck in his own zone. Not on the NHL Draft radar at this time.
Devon Rymarchuk / Left Wing / 6’3″ / 189 / Feb. 9, 1994
Rymarchuk is a hard working forward who is aggressive on the forecheck. He brings a good complete level to the ice. He is strong down low and along the boards, and effective in puck battles. He has some room to grow with both his footwork and acceleration, as well as his vision with the puck in the offensive zone.
Jarrod Maidens / Centre/ 6’1″ / 178 / Mar. 4, 1994
Maidens is another wildcard for the NHL Draft. In limited viewings this year, he showed strong aggression and compete levels, and was one of the better draft eligible players down low and along the boards. He won most puck battles, and was very strong at creating offense off of the cycle. He has underrated speed and acceleration. He shows good finishing skills around the net. He has missed significant time with an upper body injury this year, so his heath will be a big concern. Pre-injury he was projected as a high second round draft selection, and it will be interesting to see when a team takes a gamble on him.
Artur Gavrus / Centre /5’11″ / 178 / Jan. 3, 1994
Garvus is a skilled forward who is at his best with the puck around the net. He shows good finishing skills around the net. He is a good skater who has above average acceleration and mobility. He skates well and displays above average footwork and mobility. He struggles at times with holding onto the puck a bit long and putting himself into either a dangerous situation or causing a turnover. He projects out as a top 9 forward, and should be a mid round draft selection for the 2012 NHL Draft.
Holden Cook / Right Wing / 6’0″ / 175 / Jul. 28, 1994
Cook is a hard working forward who shows good compete level and worth ethic. He brings an honest effort to the ice every time he hits the ice. He is strong down low and along the boards, and is willing to battles down low and along the boards. He has some good offensive potential, and just needs to continue to develop them. Not on the NHL Draft radar at this time.
Jake Dotchin / Defence / 6’3″ / 205 / Mar. 24, 1994
Dotchin is an interesting prospect. He shows good instincts with the puck on his stick, and is effective at playing an intelligent offensive game. He is at his best on the powerplay, distributing the puck with intelligence and poise. He has some room to grow with his mobility and footwork, as well as his positional play in all three zones.