Niki Petti is a forward who brings an interesting mix of skills to the table. The 10th overall selection of the 2012 OHL Draft seems to be an excellent fit for the Belleville Bulls, given his best asset is his mobility, which should be maximized in Belleville.
Zharkov is an interesting prospect. Drafted 13th overall in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, he came into the league via the United States Hockey League. Right from the start of the year, Zharkov has shown some very interesting upside, and looks to be a player who could be one of the best to come out of the 2012 NHL Draft. Although he has a long way to go before reaching his potential, you have to like the player that he one day could become. He has a lot of things to work in (His Hockey Sense being paramount), but you don’t see to many 6’3″/197 players with his mobility, puck skills and long term projectable upside.
Gaunce has been on the draft radar for quite sometime now. Drafted out of the Markham Waxers organization second overall in the 2010 OHL Draft, Gaunce has shown a nice development curve over the past few years. He was a player who I loved to watch, and projected as a franchise player for the Belleville Bulls. He has done nothing to saw that feeling, and now that he is in his draft year, he is showing strong projectable upside. All year he has been the Bulls top centre, playing significant minutes and in every opportunity. He is a player who is a polarizing. You either love his intelligence and intangibles, or struggle to see a long term upside with him.
Gaunce is a hard working two-way centre who should be an easy first round selection. He is one of the smartest players in the draft, as he always knows where to be and where the puck will go. He anticipates well and reads the play extremely well. He has an NHL read shot with an extremely quick release. His puck skills are strong, as he reads the play well and makes intelligent decisions with the puck. Projects out as a second line centre with good leadership skills.
Daniil Zharkov / Left Wing / 6’3″ / 200 / Feb. 6th, 1994
Zharkov is a player who excites. Its not so much what he does now, but what he will become in two to three years that makes you excited. You don’t often see a 6’3/200lbs forward with that combination of mobility and agility. He has strong puck skills, reads the play well and shows good vision with the puck. He is not the most intelligent player, and has to learn where to be on the ice at specific times, as well as learn to play a more aggressive, physical game. Projects out as a top 6 forward with high potential.
Garrett Hooey / Left Wing / 6’1″ / 185 / Jun. 2nd, 1994
Hooey is a hard working forward who brings a good work ethic. He always is the first player in on the forecheck, and is always battling down low and along the boards. He shows good leadership skills, and does what it takes to win. He struggles with his footwork, and needs to continue to work on both his acceleration and overall mobility. Projects out as a hard working bottom 6 forward with leadership qualities at the next level.
Dylan Corson / Left Wing / 5’10 / 185 / Mar. 1st, 1994
Corson is a hard working forward who plays a depth role for the Bulls. He is effective in puck battles and brings a high compete level, but to this point has shown limited long term potential. Probably will be a good OHL forward, but is not on the NHL draft radar at this time.
Adam Bignell / Defence / 5’11″ / 175 / Mar. 24th, 1994
Bignell is a smart forward who shows a good combination of mobility and intelligence. He skates well and shows good footwork and acceleration. He is good positionally, but does struggle at times with his gap control in the defensive zone. He struggles at times with his decision making with the puck in all three zones. He will be a solid OHL level defenceman, but is not on the NHL draft radar at this time.
Malcolm Subban / Goaltender / 6’1″ / 188 / Dec. 21st, 1993
Subban is without a doubt the best draft eligible goaltender in the OHL. He is extremely athletic within the crease, and shows lightning quick reflexes in close. He has a huge complete level, and never seems to give up on the puck. He shows an ability to step up his game when it matters most, and could be called a ‘big game goaltender’. The most impressive aspect to his game is his progression. From an 11th round draft pick in his OHL Draft year to the best goaltender in his NHL draft year, he has come a long way in a short time period.
2013 Draft Eligible’s:
Jordan Subban, Alex Carnevale and Mac Lemmon highlight the Bulls 2013 crop. Subban is a smooth puck moving defenceman who shows strong vision and mobility. He should be a top 60 selection in the 2013 NHL draft if he continues his current progression. Both Carnevale and Lemmon are hard working, physical forwards who have shown good potential in limited minutes this season, and could be names to watch as well.