This week’s prospects include Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads and Luke Green of the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Clague – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Born: June 5, 1998 – Lloydminster, Alberta Canada
Weight: 195 lbs.
Clague displays NHL caliber 1-on-1 capabilities and knows how to shut down the rush and rarely gets beat on the outside. He is a natural skater who likes to skate the puck out of the zone and navigates traffic really well. Reads breakouts well and understands when opposition is clogging up the neutral zone. Has a good understanding of his defensive responsibilities but still looking for his offensive game to pick up.
Grade: Hardly played last season on a deep Brandon team that went to the WHL Championship Finals, but is seeing top pairing minutes and playing special teams this season. B+
McLeod – Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Born: February 3, 1998 – Mississauga, Ontario Canada
Weight: 188 lbs.
One of the purest skaters in this year’s draft, combines size and speed to give himself a on ice presence felt by very few in the OHL. Averaging more than a point per game, McLeod is a strong kid who uses his big frame to his advantage along the boards and in the corners, mucking it out and digging out loose pucks. Focuses on getting his teammates the puck and doesn’t panic when the puck is on his stick.
Grade: McLeod’s on-ice vision and smart play with the puck, combined with his speed and size, are skills every team covets. A real competitor. A-
Green – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Born: January 12, 1998 – Bedford, Nova Scotia Canada
Weight: 186 lbs.
A big, mobile defenseman whose skating looks effortless as he can blow by opponents with dynamic acceleration. A gifted offensive defenseman, Green will join the rush to become a fourth forward and catch opponents off guard with his speed. Still working on his defensive coverage in his own end and needs to be more physical to be effective defensively.
Grade: The former first overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL Draft, Green has the tools to be an above average offensive defenseman if he can put it all together defensively. B+
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