This week’s prospects include Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs), Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack) & Arnaud Durandeau (Halifax Mooseheads).
Jaret Anderson-Dolan - Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Born: September 12, 1999 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Weight: 185 lbs.
Drafted: 2014 WHL Draft – Round #1 (14th overall) by the Spokane Chiefs
JaretAnderson-Dolan saw some success early in the season centring fellow 2017 draft eligible forward Kailer Yamamoto and could see huge offensive numbers if he sticks on his line. Sees time on both the power play and penalty kill. A very intense forechecker and highly motivated puck chaser, he wants the puck on his stick always. Tremendous work ethic and will battle in the corners and win puck possession. Has good acceleration and is fast even when he is gliding down the middle of the ice. Loves to shoot from in close and can pick the top corners almost every time. Difficult to knock him off the puck and keeps his balance with low centre of gravity. Likes to show emotion and gets on the nerves of opposing players often. One of the youngest in this draft class and is maturing at a steady pace.
DID YOU KNOW? After playing his five underage games with Spokane in 2014-15 and
recording no points, Anderson-Dolan announced his arrival to the WHL in
his first game as a full-time WHL player on opening night of the 2015-16
season by netting a hat trick leading the Chiefs to a 6-4 win over the
Tri-City Americans. He finished the season with 14 goals and 26 points
in 65 games.
Markus Phillips - Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Born: March 21, 1999 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weight: 207 lbs.
Drafted: 2015 OHL Draft – Round #1 (9th Overall) by Owen Sound Attack
Markus Phillips’ speed and skating ability give him the advantage to win puck races and get back into position after a pinch. He is very light on his edges and at times looks like his coasting speed is equal to opponent’s top speed. Looks real comfortable in his own end and has worked and improved on those skills that he needed to build on from his rookie season. He uses his speed to retrieve pucks and get to the corners first to eliminate any puck pursuits. He can elude forecheckers and be patient with the puck in his own end and get the breakout set up. Phillips like to shoot the puck but needs to work on accuracy and timing of his shots as he has many shots blocked in traffic.
DID YOU KNOW? In his short career, Phillips has established himself a leader in the eyes of Hockey Canada. He was named Captain of Canada at the recent 2016 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. During the 2015 World Under 17 Challenge in Fort St. John / Dawson Creek, Phillips was captain of Team Canada Red.
Arnaud Durandeau - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Born: January 14, 1999 – Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
Weight: 183 lbs.
Drafted: 2015 QMJHL Draft – Round #1 (7th overall) by the Halifax Mooseheads
Arnaud Durandeau is a smaller guy with good stickhandling skill and can be crafty with his jukes and dangles. Shows soft hands around the net and will always follow his shot looking for rebounds. Likes to go hard to the net and plays the game bigger than he is. Works hard to find open space for himself. Reacts well and has good awareness of when he is skating himself into trouble and battles it out despite his smallish frame. Very quick and agile. Appears to have gained hockey sense and has gained more confidence in his shot. Looks to be improving game by game. Has a real high offensive potential. Needs to improve strength and play a three-zone game to continue to show is can play both an offensive and defensive game.
DID YOU KNOW? Durandeau had 51 points in 42 games during the 2014-15 season for the Lac St-Louis Lions in the Quebec midget AAA league. The Mooseheads had not picked in the top 10 in the QMJHL Draft since they took current Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin second overall in 2011.
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