Jared McCann is one of the top two-way players available in the draft this year. How high he goes will depend on how much potential you think he has at the next level. There are definitely components to his game that point to a player with the potential to produce offensively at the NHL level. Firstly, he’s a terrific skater who is both explosive to holes and has a great top-end speed. He can also carry and receive passes at top speed and can be a dangerous player in transition. Secondly, his shot and release are top notch. He’s terrific in the slot and has no trouble playing through traffic. McCann is also a terrific player away from the puck, is great in puck retrieval, and plays with a high energy level. He can play a physical game at times, but it’s not a consistent part of his game at this point. I can see the other side of the argument, though, about a perceived lack of potential. There are times when the play dies on his stick in the offensive end because he over handles the puck or tries to force a pass. He also has trouble slowing the game down sometimes and can play with tunnel vision, skating with his head down coming across the blue line with speed. McCann’s production this season was definitely impressive, though, considering the Soo’s balanced attack. I think that he’ll become a more consistent offensive threat as he matures. He’s a safe bet to play in the NHL, even if you aren’t convinced he has top 6 potential.
- Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
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Firstly, I am loving these profiles by Brock Otten, and of course, we are all fixated on the coming draft, and what the Leafs may be able to do. Even if they cant make a move, the number 8 pick could very well be a good one. Meanwhile, back at the ranch , I am trying to think of who , if any Leaf farmhand has truly high end potential. I keep coming back to Peter Holland. Nonis has taken some flack for that deal, mainly because of how the Leafs (Carlyle) buggered around with this kid, played him precious little, but enough to have to ante up a 2nd round pick to Anaheim . I think we could still come out on top here. I don't think there is a Marlie , college player, or junior, who has this lad's potential in the Leaf organization. Maybe the Swedish kid (Andres Johannsen ???) , who is small , but supremely skilled and very fast, has a chance to be the next Mats Zucarello . Maybe. But for my money , the stuff I have seen Holland do is big league, top six. Not consistently, mind you. But now and again, those quick pivots, deft passes, and quick stick to snipe a goal, are all god given assets that cant be taught. He is a fairly big body , and though not a basher, he can play a physical enough game, and he is a good skater. I don't believe I have over sold Holland's attributes, and as I said, he needs to add consistency . If he ever does that ....look out . We all know that Kadri has great skill , but I think Holland has everything Naz has, in a bigger body . Kadri has that edge that some of the good, nasty players in the league have, and Holland may not have that. But, Nazem also gets himself into trouble with that mentality, too . Not trying to make this a Kadri vs Holland essay, because right now, everyone can rightly say , are you crazy ? This offering is really no more than to say that I believe Peter Holland is the runaway winner of kids in the Leaf system who have a chance to be a star . Honourable mention to Josh Leivo, but I haven't seen as much of Leivo as I have Holland .
“The bigger the game, the more of a factor he has been,” said Leafs’ vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin. “He’s a tenacious, gutsy player. I think the whole OHL is watching his success.”
"I think with Antoine you get a goalie who really only cares about only one statistic: wins,” said Poulin. “If he wins 7-6, he’s still happy with his night because his team got the victory.”
I'm gonna put this out there again. Michael del Zotto is throwing out the first pitch tonight at the jays game. Any chance Rogers is trying to lure him to the big smoke? Weren't there rumours at the trade deadline connecting the buds to del Zotto?
@Xxxxxnew One of the best forwards in quarter finals. hit the post once and was making a lot of things happen.
@Xxxxxnew Underwhelming from what I saw. He was "Just OK" (serious).
@Burntheboats Has to be Murray anyways. Could be next year too.
@Burntheboats Shit team made the conference finals. Not to mention a few of his pickups weren't half bad.
@WendelGilmour A couple times, @ Guelph and @Miss. Brock's pretty bang on. I think I'm more skeptical about his speed when you make the jump. He's got good seed but he's certainly not tops of the class. HAving said that, skating is not a concern. Really, there aren't too many concerns with McCann ecept he lacks a dynamic element. He's a heady responsible player who has a meat and potatoes kind of game.
I feel his ceiling is somewhere near Ryan Kesler, and has a floor probably in the realm of Mike Fisher. Two-way game and attention to detail should pretty much make him a lock to make the NHL.
@HHT Right after hell freezes over.
@Burtonboy He could still play again this year too, Cherry will love this.
@HeatherRickAkin No argument Holland has a lot of potential, but I still believe Naz is the most skilled player we have, and that nasty streak will do him good. We need players who play with a chip on their shoulder. I'm hoping both will be big contributors here for years.
@Burtonboy Nice to hear a few words from one of the suits . They have all been pretty quiet since those two Leaf road wins on the left coast , no ?
@Burtonboy Poulin has done a fine job with the Marlies, but he has a way of using a lotta words to say very little
@LN-093 I'd trade Franson back to Nashville for him.
@LN-093 that would be tampering territory
@TheCanucksnaphook @HeatherRickAkin I do feel much better ...thanks . It is really neat and exciting to see a kid like Bibeau getting his moment in the sun. Is it a flash in the pan, or will he be a late round steal . Five years from now, we can all cast meaningful judgement. In the meantime , Poulin et al can crow. Let em go. Hasn't been much positive lately in Blueville .
I was just wondering because all I saw was a few highlights on the news and didn't hear him mentioned.
@WendelGilmour Leafs could gets Fratts back for nothing