Sunday, July 27, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have one of the strongest crops of OHL prospects in the NHL and have certainly found success scouting the league the last few years. They are up next.

Adam Pelech - Erie Otters
I'm a huge fan of Pelech. I have been since he stepped into the league as a 16 year old (see here). Each year in the OHL he got better. This year was no different, exhibiting confidence in his offensive game and establishing himself as a terrific two-way defender who could lead the rush, make a great breakout pass, and run the point on the power play, ALMOST as well as he defends in his own end. Defensively, he's a rock who rarely makes mistakes and who has the size and tenacity to take away space from opposing forwards. I will admit that he wasn't terrific in the playoffs for Erie, but to me he looked tired after playing nearly every OHL game (except the ones he missed around the holidays) and suiting up for Canada at the WJC's. I don't think that reflects his potential as a pro player. The question is, where will he play this year? The Islanders have SO many good defensive prospects and even more turning pro this year with Pelech (Reinhart, Pokka, Pulock). There are legitimately 10 solid players fighting for spots on Bridgeport's defence. Of course Pelech could go back to juniors for his overage year, but I don't see the point in that. I think he'd be better off splitting time between the ECHL and the AHL, where he can learn to adapt to the speed of the pro game, which will be his biggest challenge.

Jesse Graham - Saginaw Spirit
Graham had by far his best season yet this past year, finishing it out with Saginaw after a midseason trade from Niagara. Graham's skating remains his biggest asset, but he's worked hard to improve his shot and confidence in jumping up into the rush to use it or to make plays. Defensively, he grew a lot as a player, finally able to win battles in the corners and in front of the net and doing a much better job as a one on one defender. Saginaw's defence would have been an absolute mess without him this year. He even finished off the year strong in Bridgeport, proving that he has the ability to carry over his skill set to the pros. As we look ahead to this year, Graham is facing the same problem as Pelech. Where does he play? On one hand, Graham probably has a leg up on Pelech because he's already seen time in the AHL and has made himself visible to the coaching staff. On the other hand, he's probably not as physically ready as Pelech is and wouldn't be hindered from playing an overage year in the OHL with Saginaw. My guess is that he stays in the pros though, even if it means (like Pelech), shuttling between the ECHL and the AHL.

Victor Crus-Rydberg - Plymouth Whalers
Honestly, I expected more from Crus-Rydberg this year. Plymouth had a lot of struggles putting up a consistent effort offensively this year and part of that has to fall on guys like Rydberg who were not able to provide secondary scoring. Rydberg seems to have some talent, particularly as a playmaker. He's capable making a nice pass and occasionally shows flashes of being able to lead entry into the zone. But, there were too many times where he was completely invisible when I saw Plymouth this year, making little impact at either end of the ice. His intensity level needs to increase. He'll be back in Plymouth next year where he'll be expected to be either the 1st or 2nd line center (depends on Sonny Milano). The Whalers could be a great team next year if they can get a more consistent effort out of guys like Crus-Rydberg, Mistele, etc.

Michael Dal Colle - Oshawa Generals
Obviously Dal Colle had a great year with Oshawa. He got off to a torrid pace and led the Generals to a hot start without Scott Laughton to start the year. The Generals ended up being the surprise of the OHL, all thanks to Dal Colle's progression and breakout as a star. By now, it's obvious as to what he does best. His shot, and release, are pro caliber. His skating continues to get better. He makes plays happen with the puck and sees the ice very well. There is room for improvement in other areas though. For a big guy, I'd love to see him play with more intensity without the puck. And his defensive abilities and awareness need attention. He'll likely return to Oshawa next year (I'd be surprised if he sticks in NYI) and I'm excited for that. I actually thought Dal Colle played his best hockey when Laughton was gone and the team was his, which will be the case next year. I look for him to really light it up in 2014/2015, with a 100 point season and a 50 goal year well within his grasp.

Joshua Ho-Sang - Windsor Spitfires
I was so happy to see Ho-Sang drafted in the first round after all the negative attention he was getting leading up to the draft. He earned it and he made a fan out of me this year after failing to impress me in his rookie year. His game really did improve a lot this past year. While he still has a ways to go in being able to display patience and poise with the puck, and utilizing his teammates, those areas grew exponentially this year. In his rookie year, it seemed like every possession ended with a turnover after one move too many, or a cut into traffic that saw him get physically manhandled. This past year, he cut down on the turnovers and was so much better in finding open space and using his gifted puck carrying skill to create time and space for him and his line mates. You absolutely can not teach the things he's capable of doing. The key for him is maintaining composure. Towards the end of this year (regular season and playoffs), he fell back into some bad habits and really struggled. He also picked up that suspension (which has thankfully been reduced to only 6 games to start the year). As he goes into next year with Windsor, he needs to relax and let the game come to him. He needs to learn to slow the game down and change pace. Improving his play without the puck and developing as an overall player is also key. The Spits will go as far as Ho-Sang takes them next year. Without a strong supporting cast, he'll be keyed in on by opposing defences. While it would be nice to see him crack the 100 point barrier, I'm not sure I see it happening next year. If he can replicate the offensive success of this past year, while rounding out his game, it will be a successful year.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are up next.

Ryan Kujawinski - Kingston Frontenacs
It was a tough year for Kujawinski as he missed nearly two dozen games with a hand and knee injury. As such, he was never really able to find a groove. When he returned late in the year, he was great (closing out the regular season with 12 points in 10 games) and his presence was felt noticeably in the Kingston line-up. He remains a project and a player who is still trying to play up to this potential. He's got great skill, size, and flashes intensity away from the puck, but the consistency still isn't there (mostly due to injuries). So...what's next? I think there a variety of things that need to be addressed (keep in mind I'm a fan of his dating back to his draft year). Firstly, he needs to stay healthy. Secondly, he needs to keep working on improving his skating. Thirdly, he needs to find a permanent position, having gone back and forth between center and the wing. Fourthly, he needs to utilize his size consistently, both with and without the puck. If all of those things can come to fruition this year (and they definitely can), he'll be in for a big year (think 35/35). The Fronts definitely need him to finally step up to take the load off of Sam Bennett. A lack of consistent secondary scoring was one of the main reasons that they were unable to escape the first round this past year.

Ben Johnson - Windsor Spitfires
Johnson had a pretty good year with Windsor, all things considered. He was consistently one of their better players and set career highs in every offensive category. His biggest weapon remains his speed and his ability to disrupt on the forecheck and on drives to the net. As he turns pro this season and suits up for Albany, it will be all about developing an identity as a pro player. He has decent hands, and obviously speed, but I don't think he's skilled enough to play a top 6 role. In order to become a competent 3rd/4th line player in the NHL, he's going to have to work hard to improve his two-way game, and become more of a consistent factor physically. With his speed he should focus on becoming a high energy guy who can help to create offence off of turnovers. And that's likely to be the precise role asked of him in Albany.

Ben Thomson - North Bay Battalion
Tale of two seasons for Thomson. In Kitchener he struggled, just like the rest of the team. After being acquired by North Bay, he took off, growing leaps and bounds as a player. Unlike Johnson, Thomson has a clear identity as a pro player. He is a checking line prospect who uses his size to win battles in the corners and in front of the net. Along with line mates Barclay Goodrow and Nick Paul, Thomson wrecked havoc on opposing defences in the second half of the year and in the playoffs. The three of them tired out the opposition by working the cycle game endlessly. They also did this, quite often, while matching up against the opposition's best, in order to keep play out of their end. Thomson will also be turning pro and heading to Albany this year. He needs to continue to work on his skating and will likely need time to get used to the speed of the pro game (decision making wise). That said, with his size, if utilized properly, he could be an effective role player next year with the potential to become more in the future.

Connor Chatham - Plymouth Whalers
I definitely like Chatham as a player and I look forward to his progression in Plymouth. He's a very interesting prospect because of the physical intangibles he brings, along with the growing confidence in his offensive abilities. This year with Plymouth, he had a pretty successful rookie season in the OHL, that saw his offensive game really improve from the start of the season to the end. By season's end, he was comfortable using his size to take the puck to the net and flashed decent skill with the puck and some finishing skills. Problem is, I found that he wasn't able to balance/blend his physical game with his offensive game. When he was on offensively, he wasn't a factor physically. When he was off offensively, it was because he was laying the body and really wrecking havoc. Finding the confidence to do both of these things consistently is something that takes time to develop in power forward/winger prospects. Hopefully Chatham can do this next year in Plymouth, where he'll have a great chance to play a top 6 role. I think he's definitely capable of a 25/25 year.


Friday, July 25, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - Nashville Predators

Only one OHL prospect for the Nashville Predators

Mikko Vainonen - Kingston Frontenacs
Vainonen had a decent year with Kingston. On paper, it looks like a pretty stagnant year, but there's more to it than that. While his offensive game did not take any steps forward, I did feel that his defensive game did. For one, he looked a little quicker and more mobile. It's clear he's been working on his skating. He still needs to continue to improve it, but it's getting better. Vainonen was also way more confident in asserting himself physically. He was much more aggressive in the corners and was more effective in crease battles. He's a got a solid head for the game as a defensive player and could have a future as a shutdown defender at the NHL level if he continues to improve his skating and his puck skills. He'll start his pro career in Milwaukee this year. I think a realistic goal is for him to just get in games consistently in Milwaukee and stay out of the press box.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - Montreal Canadiens

La prochaine est Les Canadiens de Montreal

Michael McCarron - London Knights
After being very impressed with him at the U18's, I was quite excited to see him play for London this year. But, he was a pretty big letdown. His ice time was fairly limited this year because he just wasn't very effective. In particular, he seemed to struggle with the cerebral aspects of the game (turnovers, missed assignments, poor shot selection, etc). The skill set appears to be there because he flashed great things, but the head might not be. THAT SAID, we'd all be fools to count him out after one poor season. There have been numerous cases of players coming from the USHL or the development program with lots of hype, only for them to struggle in their first year. But most bounced back in their second, as they gained confidence (see current Canadien Jarred Tinordi). I've heard lots of great things from Montreal's development camp, suggesting that McCarron could be ready for a breakout. There will be an opportunity for him to get more ice time next year, especially on the powerplay. BUT, London is a deep team where the competition will be fierce to replace the likes of Chris Tierney, Josh Anderson, Gemel Smith, and perhaps others. So...what to expect? I think a realistic expectation is a 25/25 year, but he's certainly capable of even more than that.

Connor Crisp - Sudbury Wolves
It was a pretty good year for Crisp, who was essentially the leader of Sudbury's 2nd offensive unit. Was there a massive amount of improvement? Probably not. I think he looked noticeably more confident with the puck this year, which resulted in him being a bit of a more well rounded offensive guy who could create in a variety of ways (rather than just as a net crasher). I'd be very surprised if he's not in the AHL next year with Hamilton, where he'll take on a checking line role and try to provide a bit of scoring. Realistically, he's probably not that far from being a contributor on an NHL fourth line, but I think it'd be smart to leave him in the AHL for a bit to let him develop confidence in his offensive game at that level. He has the potential to be more than just a 4th line grinder/enforcer.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild are the next team featured.

Kurtis Gabriel - Owen Sound Attack
I think Gabriel is one of those guys who could make a better pro player than an OHL player. It's rare, but it happens. Even as an overage player, his offensive numbers didn't jump through the roof (although his assist totals did I suppose). His career OHL high was 16 goals, which was this year. But he plays a very pro ready game and is the type of player that coaches love and will move up the ladder quickly. He's got great size, he skates pretty well, he hits, he defends, he works the boards, and he drives the net. Anything that needs to be done to help the team win, Gabriel can do it. Is he exceptionally skilled with the puck? No. He plays a simple game and excels in the dump and chase. Does he have huge goal scoring potential? No. His shot, hands, and anticipation are all average for the OHL level. But, as stated, even if he doesn't have a lot of potential, he seems like a good candidate to move quickly to the NHL as a 4th line checker and penalty killer. I'd be willing to bet he even gets in a few NHL games already this year.

Zack Mitchell - Guelph Storm
Great signing by the Wild. Always liked him as an OHL player. Have to admit though, I'd kind of felt that he was more of a good junior scorer and not much else. But, in the second half of the OHL season and especially the playoffs, he changed my opinion. I actually think he could develop into a solid pro player. Mitchell's greatest asset is his hockey sense. He's an exceptionally smart player who sees the ice well and was terrific with Robby Fabbri and Kerby Rychel late in the year. He'll have to get quicker and stronger, but his two-way game and play without the puck greatly improved in his overage season. I'm quite eager to see how he plays in his first pro season in the Minnesota system. Hopefully it's at the AHL level where he can get a chance playing with some higher skilled players. He might have to adapt his game a bit to become more of a grinder at first though (I think back to former Oiler Liam Reddox).

*Of note, 7th rounder Pavel Jenys will likely be suiting up for the Sudbury Wolves next year after being selected in the Import draft. He'll have a chance to be the team's number 2 center behind Mathew Campagna.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - Los Angeles Kings

The LA Kings and half of the OHL are up next...

Nick Ebert - Guelph Storm
Ebert has come a long way since he was the last pick in the 2012 NHL draft. He's always had the talent (as evidenced by his high rankings that year), but poor decision making has always plagued him. This past OHL year was easily his best in the league. For the most part, he looked calm and poised in his own end and has learned to limit his turnovers by making smarter passes. He's also learned to pick his spots better to jump up in the rush and is no longer the reckless defender who constantly gets caught up ice. As a powerplay QB, he has always exhibited patience when distributing the puck and he has potential to succeed there at the next level. Defensively, major strides were made this year. He was a league 2nd best +53 between Windsor and Guelph. He's become a smart and fully engaged defender who makes his presence felt in the corners, in front of the net and off the rush. Moving forward, he'll start his pro career in Manchester this year. He's still prone to the odd brain fart at both ends, so it'll be interesting to see how steep the learning curve is for him in a faster AHL game. The Kings may have to be patient with him, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. He's certainly turned the corner and is starting to become the type of player people envisioned when he first joined the OHL in 2011.

Justin Auger - Guelph Storm
Mono can wreck havoc on a junior player's season. Auger missed significant time at the beginning of the year with the ailment and just didn't look right for a while (not uncommon for players who get the disease). Towards the end of the year and into the playoffs, he began to look a bit quicker and a little stronger on the puck, but it still wasn't a great year for his development. He towers over the opposition yet still hasn't really found his stride as a player. He's a solid boards player because of his long reach, but the rest of his game remains a work in progress. He needs to continue to work on his skating to be a more explosive player off the rush and coming off the boards. He also needs to work on his shot and ability to get in scoring position. As a big guy, he needs to find himself near the crease more often. I think it will be an incredibly easy decision for the Kings to send Auger back to the OHL for his overage junior season. He's not ready for the AHL. In Guelph this year, he'll get way more playing time (potentially) and should see top 6 ice time and powerplay time. I'd really like to see him pot 25 goals this year and inch close to the point per game mark. He may have to do that in order to get a contract from LA.

Zac Leslie - Guelph Storm
Leslie is another Storm player with options this year. After a very strong season in the OHL, he could turn pro this year (as a '94). Or he could be sent back to the OHL for his overage year. I honestly think Leslie is pro ready. His game has continued to evolve. He's become a strong two-way defender who has confidence in his abilities. This is especially true offensively where he's now confident leading the rush and running the point on the powerplay. He makes a terrific first pass out of the zone. Defensively, he's always been a solid player but he really upped his intensity level in the corners and in front of the net. He may not be huge, but he's a tough guy to match up against. My gut tells me that he'll be back in the OHL because of the depth Manchester has. I'm sure he'll attend their training camp and be given a chance to make the team, but without an NHL contract the Kings will exploit the flexibility they have with him. As a returning overager, he'll be a candidate for OHL defenseman of the year and overager of the year. He'll become Guelph's number one defender (likely pairing with Ben Harpur) and a 60 point season is easily attainable.

Dominik Kubalik - Kitchener Rangers
Not a good year for Kubalik. The midseason trade to Kitchener certainly didn't help either. Quite frankly, when I saw him later in the year with Kitchener, he looked rather disinterested and was invisible. He has skill and goal scoring potential but lacks the intensity to be a consistent player. It was no surprise when it was announced he was heading back home to the Czech league for next year. Hopefully he's able to find the ice time necessary to improve his confidence and get his progression back on track.

Kurtis MacDermid - Erie Otters
Yet another player (Leslie, Auger) who could end up in the AHL or the OHL next year. A free agent signing by the Kings, MacDermid finished out the year with Erie where he was counted on to be a physical, defensive stalwart. It was actually not terrific for his development because he was getting some offensive responsibility in Owen Sound (including powerplay time). He didn't get that in Erie. As a stay at home defender, he has NHL potential. His mobility is decent and he's become one of the most physical defenseman in the league. He's one big, mean man (boys aren't 6'4, 220lbs). Like Leslie, I'd imagine MacDermid returns to the OHL for an overage year. And I think that's the right choice. Erie will be looking for defenders to step up to replace the losses of Adam Pelech and Spencer Abraham (at the least). He could get some powerplay time and will see a ton of ice in important situations. That would be better for his development than riding the bench in the AHL or playing in the ECHL at this point. I think he's perfectly capable of a 30 point season in Erie.

Roland McKeown - Kingston Frontenacs
While it surprised some people to see McKeown fall in the draft, I wasn't one of them. He's got a lot of things going for him (obviously since he was still an NHL 2nd round pick). His skating ability is top notch. As is his decision making in his own end. He makes a great first pass and sees the ice very well. Defensively, he's a smart positional defender who is great at getting his stick in passing lanes. But he needs to increase his intensity in the defensive end and look to engage one on one more. And offensively, he needs to be more assertive and confident in his abilities. With his skating ability and puck poise, he should be more of a consistent factor, but he doesn't extend rushes or jump up in the play all that often. For that reason, I find him a difficult player to project at the next level. Kingston will need him big time next year, as they'll look for him to take that next step and establish himself as one of the top defenders in the league. I think it'll be important for him to find a true identity next year. And I think that identity is one of a puck rusher. Plenty of time for him to develop more and a 50 point season is almost assured IMO.

Alex Lintuniemi - Ottawa 67's
A savvy selection by the Kings (perhaps a tad early, but still). Lintuniemi got a lot better as the season went on. Early, he looked pretty overwhelmed. But as he gained confidence, especially offensively, he established himself as one of Ottawa's top defenders. He's certainly capable of more than he displayed this season. A summer of work on his skating would help him be a larger factor in the transition game. Defensively, he's quite solid. It's hard to stand out on one of the league's worst teams, but I found him to make a few solid plays every time I saw Ottawa. I was always impressed by his ability to keep forwards to the outside off the rush, and his ability to take away passes in the slot. So what's next for him? Ottawa should be better next year and he'll be one of the team's top defenders. He'll get ice time in all situations. I think he'll have a good year and I actually think he could even surpass 35 points. I think learning to use his size more physically is another thing that is important for his development.

Mike Amadio - North Bay Battalion
Amadio is a very talented offensive player who is learning to play a 200 foot game under Stan Butler. He's got a very interesting skill set (especially when mixed with decent size). This year he was quite inconsistent and in a lot of ways, his high skill level wasn't able to shine through. An offseason dedicated to getting stronger and quicker will go a long way. Next year will be a key one for his development. The Battalion are returning their top three centers from the year before (Paul, Amadio, and Brett McKenzie). Amadio likely comes into camp as the number two, but McKenzie is a very talented prospect for 2015 and he'll be pushing hard for ice time. If Amadio doesn't improve, he could lose ice time (especially on special teams) to McKenzie. Of course this would cut into his potential offensive contribution. 

Jake Marchment - Belleville Bulls
Marchment was a player I had a feeling would get drafted. He's a big center who can play a power game and is coming off his first season in the OHL. In that season, he got better and better as each month passed, suggesting the best is yet to come. Improving his skating, in particular his first few steps will really help him to become a more consistent offensive player, especially on the big ice in Belleville. But he's more than just a bruiser (potentially). The Bulls SHOULD be a better team next year when all their young players get a year older. The Bulls line up is currently wide open with no one really having the inside track to center Remi Elie on the top line (especially if Harper stays on defense). I think Marchment could be a big time breakout candidate and the type of guy who could surprise and put up a 50-60 point season.

Matthew Mistele - Plymouth Whalers
Mistele just did not have a good year. He saw his stock drop from possible first round talent at the beginning of the year, to mid rounder by season's end. During his 30 goal season two years ago, he was a complimentary offensive guy asked to play a simple game. Last year, the Whalers didn't have nearly the same kind of talent up front and Mistele wasn't up to the task of being a go to guy who could consistently create his own offensive chances. That being said, he's a great pick because of what he's capable of doing. He's a power winger who can mix things up and score goals, but he needs to become a more well rounded offensive player and more than just a guy who can capitalize on the fortune of others. This coming season is a big one for his development. It'll be his 4th year in the league and the Whalers will need him once again to become a 30 goal man. 

Spencer Watson - Kingston Frontenacs
Watson is an uber talented offensive player. By the time his OHL career is done, he's a likely candidate to finish top 5 in scoring. Heck, he led the Ivan Hlinka tournament in scoring this year. However, he's got some strikes against him and that's why he fell to the 7th. He's undersized and he currently plays too much of a perimeter game. His game really didn't evolve much from his rookie season. As a rookie in 2012, he was impressive and you assumed that he'd get stronger, become more involved without the puck, and begin to drive the net more for scoring chances. None of those things happened. The key to Watson's development moving forward is his desire to play with more gusto/tenacity. If you're going to be undersized, you need to play hard to beat defenders to the play (see Robby Fabbri). The Fronts will be a contender in the East next year (if they get Sam Bennett back). I expect Watson to come back next year with a chip on his shoulder and I see him being an 80 point player. That said, even if he scores 40, it won't matter much if he doesn't improve his overall game. 

Jacob Middleton - Ottawa 67's
The last time the Kings chose an OHL defender with the final pick in the draft, it worked out pretty well (Nick Ebert). Middleton is another great pick. I know a lot of people who saw him as at least a 3rd rounder. It was a tough year for him to stand out. Playing on a last place team can be difficult for the team's number one defenseman. Middleton played a ton, perhaps more than he was ready for and I think that caused some of the holes in his game currently to be over evaluated. But, he's got the talent to be a tough two way defender. He's got decent mobility in his own end, but adding an extra step would really elevate his offensive abilities and I hope he's done that this offseason. I think he's going to have a big year in Ottawa in 2014 and I see him hitting the 30-35 point mark.

Monday, July 21, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days - Florida Panthers

The sunny state of Florida gets the feature, as the Panthers are reviewed.

Aaron Ekblad - Barrie Colts
The reigning OHL defenseman of the year and first overall pick, Ekblad had his best year to date in 2013. IMO, his game is 100% NHL ready. His offensive game improved significantly this year. He was more confident with the puck and began to start leading rushes up ice, using his size to protect the puck. His shot has always been huge, but he worked very hard to make it more accurate and to get his shot through on the powerplay. Defensively, he continued to be a stalwart. His skating improved a lot over his three year OHL career and he's now quite agile. Combined with his size and smarts, this has made him perhaps the toughest defender to beat one on one in the league. His intensity in the corners and in front of the net could stand to increase even more, especially to take full advantage of his size, but that's nitpicking. As I said, I think he's NHL ready and I'd be absolutely shocked to see him back in the OHL next year. I don't expect huge point totals in his first year. I'd say probably something like 8 goals, 20 points is a realistic expectation. As long as he can kind success in his own end first, that's most important. 

Josh Brown - Oshawa Generals
Brown is what he is. A behemoth defender who plays with an edge and defends the crease quite well. His offensive game has never developed (he scored his first 2 OHL goals this year), and he's quick to chip the puck out of his own end. That's not what his game is. He's a stay at home prospect. For me, his skating still needs to improve significantly for him to be an NHL player. He can still be exposed off the rush and is a bit rough side to side and backwards. He is a terrific body checker though, and the type of guy who doesn't chase the big hit. He lets the game come to him. The Panthers have a choice to make with him next year. He was an overage draft pick in 2013 so he doesn't have to be signed yet despite being a '94. Florida can send him back to Oshawa for his overage OHL season. Or they can try to get San Antonio to take him in the AHL to acclimatize him to the pro game without giving him an ELC. My guess is that he'll be in San Antonio's camp and will be given a chance to make that team. If that doesn't work out, it'll be back to Oshawa where he'll be expected to work on his puck distribution skills and mobility in his own end.

*of note, Panthers 3rd rounder Juho Lammikko will be suiting up for the Kingston Frontenacs next year after being selected in the Import Draft. He'll have a chance to play a top 9, perhaps even top 6 role for them as they need some size up front.