My look at the OHL players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft continues with the 3rd round as we take a look at the New York Islanders selecting Adam Pelech, the Winnipeg Jets selecting Scott Kosmachuk and the Oshawa Generals selecting goaltender Daniel Altshuller, among others.
With that said, onto the 7th round.
Today I annonuce my final Ontario Hockey League Rankings for the 2012 NHL Draft. These rankings are based on over 120 in person viewings in rinks throughout Ontario. I have tracked the development and progression of these players over 6-8 live viewings stretched out over the course of the season. I do not take in other companies rankings or video to help with the rankings.
Jenkins is one of the most improved players from the start of the Ontario Hockey League season. He started the season as a depth player on the Niagara Ice Dogs, and did not see significant ice time. He did not show a lot of upside, and was not on the radar for the 2012 NHL Draft. In mid season Jenkins was moved to the Kingston Frontenacs, where he was placed on the top line with centre Ryan Kujawinsky and Trevor Morbeck. The three showed immediate chemistry, and was one of the better lines in the second half of the season. The questions that surround Jenkins are weather or not he is the player that we saw in Kingston, or more of the player who struggled to make an impact in Niagara. Personally, I like his upside as an intelligent bottom six forward, however he still has a lot of room to develop.
Steele is a player who has really improved over the course of three seasons. When I first saw him in Upper Canada in the OEMHL, I was not sure about how much of an impact he would have at the next level. The following season Steele was signed to play for the Smith Falls Bears of the CCHL, which has a nice history of development for players in the Ottawa region. He had a very successful season in Smith Falls, and was signed by the Frontenacs. This season, he quickly became one of the most improved players over the coarse of the season. When he first came into the league, he struggled with his decision making and his reads of the ice, but what I liked the most about him is that he always seemed to recognize his mistakes and worked on not making them again. All year long he kept taking on more and more responsibilities, and as the year ended he was arguably the Frontenacs top defenceman. In April, he was named to Canada’s entry into the U18 World Championships. Even thou he did not play as much as he probably would have liked, the fact that he was named to the team was the accomplishment. He projects out as a puck moving defenceman who could be a depth defenceman at the next level.