This week’s prospects include Ryan Peckford (Victoria Royals), Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm) & Alex D’Orio (Saint John Sea Dogs).
Ryan Peckford, C/W, Victoria Royals, WHL
Born: March 4, 1999 - Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
Draft: 2014 WHL Draft – Round #2 (31st overall) by the Victoria Royals
While Ryan Peckford is shelved for the rest of the regular season with an upper body injury, he really took control of his game this season and relished in his role as second line centre and winger on a deep Victoria offence. He plays a quiet game and he’s not flashy but he’s oan intelligent player who sees the entire ice. He does a good job of keeping up with the pace of the play. Peckford is a smooth skater with clean strides and good acceleration. He’ll make sure his zone is taken care of and is solid in the face-off circle. He’s responsible defensive forward who is a real tight fore checker. Has a knack for scoring the big goal in timely situations and creates a stir when he battles for loose pucks in the crease. Provides secondary scoring and will see some PP time.
DID YOU KNOW: After a slow start to the WHL season registering only three points in first 10 games, Peckford enjoyed a six-point game (one goal, five assists) early at home against Saskatoon on Oct. 18. Up until his season-ending injury in early February, he enjoyed six more multiple-point games.
Dmitri Samorukov, D, Guelph Storm, OHL
Born: June 16, 1999 – Volgograd, Russia
Draft: 2016 CHL Import Draft – Round #1 (2nd overall) by the Guelph Storm
Dmitri Samorukov skating is a treat to watch. Very smooth strides and transitions well. A kid with good size who is mobile and can react quickly. Hardly makes a bad decision with the puck and is very calm under pressure and always seems to put his passes right on the tape of streaking forwards. He is a cog on the Guelph PP and likes to shoot. He shows tremendous patience with the puck on the PP and will wait for the penalty killer to go down before he makes his decision to either shoot or pass the puck. Has good footwork and maintains his check and doesn’t let his man get the best of him. At his size, he needs to be more physical clearing his net and be more aggressive down low in the corners.
DID YOU KNOW: Samorukov played for CSKA Moscow U17 in 2015-16 before the CHL Import Draft and scored four goals and 12 assists in 28 games. He also represented Russia at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and won a bronze medal, netting two points in five games with 16 penalty minutes. He also earned a Silver Medal at the U17 WHC representing his home country of Russia scoring two goals in six games.
Alex D’Orio, G, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL
Born: April 28, 1999 - Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Canada
Draft: 2015 QMJHL Draft – Round #1 (9th overall) by the Saint John Sea Dogs
D'Orio is a calm goaltender with quick reflexes and good recovery skills. One of his strongest abilities is his quickness and athleticism. He is quick to challenge shooters and move to the top of his goal crease. He has a quick glove hand but is not good at holding onto the puck as we saw in the CHL Top Prospects game in January as he allowed four goals and his glove hand was not good for Team Orr. He does a good job of tracking pucks through traffic and controls rebounds well. It is evident he is focused and has a good technical strategy in the crease but needs to work on staying square to shots and improve his positional play.
DID YOU KNOW: D'Orio played his Midget hockey with the Magog Cantonniers of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League prior to being drafted by Saint John where he enjoyed a sub 3.00 GAA each season. He earned a spot on the Under 17 World Junior A Challenge where he was a teammate of current Sea Dogs forward and 2018 Draft eligible centre Joe Veleno.
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