The scouting fraternity has seen the 'future of hockey' - and his name is Sean Day.
It's most uncommon to provide coverage on prospects who are still years away from the NHL draft - but young Sean Day is just that special.
The Canadian-born defenseman is currently playing with the Under-16 Detroit Compuware program, a team filled with top 1997-born prospects.
McKeen's correspondent Sean Lafortune provides his scouting notes on the young phenom who doesn't turn 15 until January.
Sean Day (D, 2016), Detroit Compuware - immediately bears a similarity to Connor McDavid given his ability to control the game despite being a year younger then his peers .. assertive and confident beyond his years, Day takes charge of situations and always strives to be a difference maker.. an innovative, highly-skilled workhorse with great hands and elite mobility.. blessed with an explosive skating stride and backed by excellent footwork .. edges slash into the ice, generating a quick start-up bust and terrific turning speed .. paralyzes opponents with dynamic lateral shifts and clever toe-drag moves .. plays the game with remarkable tempo in possession, moving effortlessly with the puck and displaying outstanding 1-on-1 elusiveness .. hands are fast and skilled - boasts tricky in-close puck-possession abilities - and backed by tremendous focus .. makes sharp, accurate passes and also packs a quick, hard shot .. can play tough, although that really isn't his forte .. will skate himself into trouble at times, and run out of room .. needs to learn to improvise on the fly while better utilizing his teammates .. must also continue to make gains in his structure and consistency .. a strong candidate to gain 'exceptional status' for the OHL draft .. born January 9, 1998.
Sean is also the General Manager of TheScout.ca - an excellent resource on prospects for the OHL Priority Selection.
Here is the current TheScout.ca Top 10 Rankings for the 2013 OHL draft
|RANK. PLAYER - POSITION - TEAM|
|1. Travis Konecny – Centre - Elgin Middlesex Chiefs|
|2. Zach Werenski – Defence - Detroit Little Caesars U18|
|3. Matthew Spencer – Defence - Oakville Rangers|
|4. Dylan Strome – Centre -Toronto Marlboros|
|5. Dennis Yan – Centre - Detroit Belle Tire U18|
|6. Mitchell Stephens – Centre - Toronto Marlboros|
|7. Michael Davies – Centre - Southern Tier Admirals|
|8. Luke Kirwan – Left Wing - Middlesex Islanders|
|9. Kyle Capobianco – Defence - Oakville Rangers|
|10. Brett McKenzie – Centre - Oakville Rangers|