Jared McCann is one of the most interesting players in the 96 age group in Ontario. The former London Jr Knight’s best asset is his vision with the puck, as well as his ability to elevate players around him to be better players.
Curcuruto is one of the more interesting players in the 2012 NHL Draft. Heading into the season he was projected by many to be a potential top selection for the 2012 NHL Draft. Be it a lack of awareness, perhaps he was trying to do to much, but the first three months of the season was very uninspiring for Curcuruto. He looked lost at times on the ice, and really did not live up to the billing as a potential top 30 selection for the 2012 Draft. In the second half of the season, he looked more composed and made better decisions. He brought a better compete level, but it was not as consistent as I would have liked. At this point he could be a strong ‘buy low’ candidate. Given his pedigree and his abilities, it would not shock me to see him become a solid NHL level defenceman, as most of his issues are coachable. At this point, he projects out as a two-way defenceman with some good offensive upside. He should be selected in the mid to late fourth round of the NHL Draft, however don’t be shocked it a team takes a flyer on him a bit higher then that.
Staples is a hard working forward who shows a good complete level. He is a good skater with some solid OHL level puck skills, but has not shown enough at this point to think that he could develop into more. He missed some time in the second half of the season with a concussion. Not on the NHL Draft radar at this time
Mark Petaccio / Right Wing / 6’3″ / 190 / Mar. 26, 1994
Petaccio is a hard working forward who shows strong aggression. He is always aggressive on the forecheck, and is always willing to play a hard, physical game. He has shown some flashes of puck skill this year, but still leaves me wanting more. When he has time and space he shows good vision, but struggles under pressure. Needs to continue to work on his footwork and acceleration. Could be a late round draft selection if a team sees potential.
Alex Morgan/ Left Wing / 6’0″ / 205 / May. 13, 1994
Morgan is a well-sized forward who shows a good compete level. He has shown some flashes of skill and some goal scoring abilities, but to this point he has not shown enough to be considered as an NHL level player. Not on the NHL Draft radar at this time.
Cody Mintz / Defence / 5’9″ / 174 / Jul. 18, 1994
Mintz split this year between the Wolves and the Greyhounds. He shows some good mobility, has strong footwork and acceleration. The work ethic and compete is there, just have not seen enough out of him this season, and is not on the NHL draft radar at this time.
Gianluca Curcuruto / Defence / 6’1″/ 198 / Feb. 25, 1994
Curcuruto had an interesting year. At the beggining of the season, he was struggling with his decision-making both positionally, as well as his decisions with the puck on his stick. He would make poor decisions postionally, and make some glaring turnovers. In the second half of the season, he looked more calm and possed. He made better decisions without the puck, and was one of the Greyhonuds better defeneman. He shows some good long term potential, and should be a mid term draft selection in the 2012 NHL Draft
Matt Murray / Goaltender / 6’4″/ 159 / May. 25, 1994
Murray is a goaltender who is all about projectables. His combination of size and athleticism make you wonder just what he will be in 3-4 years. He is at his best when he is aggressive within the crease, with his feet at the top of the crease and using his body to take away space and angles for opposition shooters. He can struggle with focus from time to time, but that’s not uncommon with 17-year-old goaltenders. Projects out as a starting goaltender at the next level, and should be a top 60 selection at the NHL Draft