The Georgetown, Ontario native blossomed in the second half of his rookie year in `11-12, emerging as one of Guelph's better players down the stretch - and in a successful playoff debut.
He earned an invite this past summer to Canada’s Ivan Hlinka evaluation camp, though was a non-factor in the scrimmages and failed to make the squad.
An offensive player whose skills inside the zone instantly create offensive opportunities .. very coy - rarely stays in one spot for too long and is capable of making nice subtle touch passes and slick in-close plays thanks to extremely quick hands .. possesses excellent hand-eye co-ordination for tips and deflections in front of the goal .. his skating complements his offensive game as he can generate deceptive speed from a fluid, compact stride .. the crispness of his stride allows him to maintain speed over the length of the ice ..
despite having grown three inches since being a second-round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection (32nd overall), he has been unable to add the accompanying muscle to a lean frame .. tries to finish his checks - but not consistently and can be guilty of playing passive at times .. displays an aversion to being hit - and can have a difficult time battling through checks .. would benefit by playing with heightened intensity, especially in board battles where he needs to do a better job utilizing his size ..
biggest obstacle at this point is a lack of overall consistency and an erratic compete level .. shows capable of performing when the intensity of the game picks up, yet can also be guilty of blending into the scenery .. needs to understand that he must become a difference maker on each shift in every game.
Born: July 4, 1995, Georgetown, ON
2011-12 Stats: Guelph-OHL (63-13-22-35)
NHL Draft: 2013