Since the draft is a week from today, I figured I should start profiling some of the players I’d like to see the Rangers (#15 pick) possibly call up to the stage on June 24th.
With the Blueshirts’ obvious needs being a play-making center and a scoring winger I’m mostly going to focus on prospects playing those positions. So let’s start off with C Mark Scheifele of the OHL’s Barrie Colts.
The 6′ 3″ Scheifele is a reliable two-way center who had 22g, 53a in his rookie season playing for a bad Barrie team. Scheifele has displayed the ability to use his big body to shield the puck to ward off defensemen leading to strong puck possession. He has also shown impressive playmaking instincts, vision and smooth stick-handling ability.
Scheifele is said to never take a shift off and is a player coaches love as seen in this quote by Barrie head coach Dale Hawerchuk…
“The opportunity was there for him (this season) and he ran with it. . . . He’s great. Everybody loves being around Scheif, he comes in smiling every day, can’t wait to get on the ice. That’s infectious to everybody. And that’s how you want it to be.”
Some of the negatives I’ve read about Scheifele is that, at just 175 lbs, he needs to hit the weigh room as he is easily knocked off stride and lacks a mean streak. His shot can also use some improvement which can again be fixed in the weight room.
Here’s NHL Central Scouting’s report on Scheifele…
“Mark protects the puck very well and will take it to the net while fighting through checks. He’s got a great work ethic. His Barrie Colts have struggled this season and he has been relied upon to provide offense. He sees the ice very well and his playmaking ability is very good. He gets back quickly and works hard defensively.”
The 18-year-old also played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 6 goals and adding 2 assists for 8 points in 7 games.
Here’s some video…
Steven Hoffner at NHL.com has Scheifele going to the Rangers in his mock draft as he is pegged to go in the middle of round one.