Michael Dal Colle Draft Profile

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Let me preface this by saying Michael Dal Colle,  Nick Ritchie and Robby Fabbri are all  interchangeable in my rankings and I think all are top 10 selections (worthy of it, anyway). I just have some small preferences and that’s why I rank Michael Dal Colle 3rd among that group. Michael Dal Colle was as consistent as can be offensively this season. His wrist shot is phenomenal, more specifically the release. And he uses his body (6’2) to shield the puck well to create the space he needs to get it off. Michael Dal Colle is going to score his share of goals in the NHL. He’s improved his skating a lot since joining the league and is now terrific at coming off the wall and creating chances, showcasing a more explosive stride. He’ll likely still put work into his skating, too, and it should only continue to improve.

Michael Dal Colle also has good vision for a big man and is a very effective player with the man advantage, as he draws defenses to him only to find open linemates. While Dal Colle can play either center or wing, I think it’s safe to assume he projects as a winger because it’s been his primary position the last few years. So, why the lower ranking than Ritchie and Fabbri? I don’t think Dal Colle will ever be the type of player who impacts the game more than just offensively. He’s big, but I don’t ever see him being the physical brute that Ritchie is, or the forechecking puck hound that Fabbri is. And while I’m sure he’ll put in work to be better defensively, again, I think the other two have greater potential in that area. Offensively, he might be a touch better and has a more dynamic skill set, but if we’re talking about choosing between an 80-point one dimensional player and a 60 point two-way player, I’m taking the 60 point guy.

Brock Otten, OHL Prospects

Michael Dal Colle Highlights

Michael Dal Colle Stats

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM+/-|Postseas.GPGATPPIM+/-
2012-13Oshawa GeneralsOHL631533481819|Playoffs923563
Canada Ontario U17WHC-1752460|
2013-14Oshawa GeneralsOHL67395695348|Playoffs128122000
  • MLHS_Luke

    Thank guys.

  • wendelsway1

    Keep the draft profiles coming…..great stuff and thanks!  :)

  • mike_84

    Still don’t think he drops past 5th

  • mike_84

    Pretty good mock draft here
    http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1677227

  • Burtonboy

    Enjoy reading these profiles . Give us some great info leading to the draft . Whatever way you slice and dice these prospect looks like we’ll get a pretty decent player out of it

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/scottcwheeler https://twitter.com/scottcwheeler/status/470277431652126720
    It amazes me to see progressive guys like Benning talk about a 4-line, skating team, while Colton Orr dresses over Peter Holland in TO.

  • The_Irv

    Love these write-ups. The draft gets me so excited. I think partly because the salary cap has seriously diminished the excitement around the trade deadline day (used to be my favourite). There isn’t a ton of movement around the league I find these days so at least at the draft you know you’re getting a shiny new toy. It’s especially fun when you are picking top 10 (despite the lack of success in the season).

  • Burtonboy

    The_Irv Drafting and development are King now Irv. The League has changed so much .

  • wiski

    Excited for the new but don’t forget the old
    https://twitter.com/MarkDeMontis https://twitter.com/MarkDeMontis/status/470222388215685121
    Johnny Bower Blvd http://t.co/etN28J8PlE

  • The_Irv

    Burtonboy The_Irv Yea exactly. I just wish we could get some high end offensive pieces in the pipeline. Although it looks like this year is predominantly forwards in the Top 10 so I’m sure we’ll have a fun player regardless of who we get.

  • loomx

    The_Irv I agree. I love watching past drafts too. Everyone has their entire careers ahead of them and it starts there. Nothing like spending a sunny weekend with a case of beer watching the draft.

  • The_Irv

    loomx The_Irv Yup its the best. It’s also one of the few times during the year where a few trades take place as well. Just a fun event to watch all around.

  • wiski

    The_Irv loomx I think there will be lots of action this year

  • Alec Brownscombe

    The_Irv Refresh.. added something in the sidebar to aid in your excitement.
    (Hat tip to mcloki)

  • loomx

    So if the draft goes down the way I think it’ll go down(barring trades), who do you think the Leafs will/should pick? I’d pick Ehlers.
    1. Florida- Ekblad
    2. Buffalo- Reinhart
    3. Edmonton- Draisaitl
    4. Calgary- Bennett
    5. NY Isles- Dal Colle
    6. Vancouver- Nylander
    7. Carolina- Ritchie
    8. Toronto- ?????

  • The_Irv

    Alec Brownscombe The_Irv Awesome, thanks! Always doing a great job on here!

  • Black_Hawk

    loomx Fabbri, Virtanen, or Ehlers

  • Black_Hawk

    FrycersGhost I think he would be a great pick up, Big Body and great shot

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/JeffMarek https://twitter.com/JeffMarek/status/470285416818823168
    CHL Defenceman of the Year – Derrick Pouliot, Pittsburgh Penguins 1st round pick.

  • Black_Hawk

    More i think of it the more i lean towards letting Holland take over the 3rd line C role for next season. Bolland is going to cost too much imo. Rather go with a young gun.

  • Black_Hawk

    Burtonboy better then Finn?

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/JeffMarek https://twitter.com/JeffMarek/status/470284588859031553
    CHL Goaltender of the Year – Jordan Cooke of the Kelowna Rockets.

  • Black_Hawk

    Burtonboy better then Bibeu?

  • Burntheboats

    Seems like the Leafs prospects are getting slighted. Oh well, hopefully they prove the stupid CHL people wrong.

  • loomx

    Black_Hawk Burtonboy Bibeau had a pretty miserable season. Only turned it one for the playoffs really.

  • wiski

    Dickie 8 1/3 innings 5-1 jays

  • Burntheboats

    loomx Black_Hawk Burtonboy I didn’t know how he was during the season. But didn’t he play for a bad team for most of it?

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/JeffMarek https://twitter.com/JeffMarek/status/470286656483106816
    CHL Player of the Year – Anthony Mantha (DET)

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Someone needs to shut his yap too. https://twitter.com/ArponBasu https://twitter.com/ArponBasu/status/470264653411807232
    Gallagher wouldn’t be surprised if Stepan played: “He got up and was yapping and yelling, so I don’t think the jaw was hurting too much.”

  • Black_Hawk

    Burtonboy better then Brown?

  • Black_Hawk

    wiski hope they keep it going

  • Black_Hawk

    loomx Black_Hawk Burtonboy oh i see then

  • NotInsane

    Burntheboats
    Yes I think so – he was traded in December

  • loomx

    Burntheboats loomx Black_Hawk Burtonboy Yeah, but he actually had a better SV% with Charlottetown than with Val D’Or. His GAA was over 3.00.

    Cooke had a better regular season. But if Val D’Or would’ve made the mem cup finals, Bibeau would’ve probably been MVP win or lose.

  • wiski

    Black_Hawk Burtonboy Mantha looked a step above everyone in the Mem cup

  • The_Irv

    Black_Hawk I agree entirely. I think Bolland is a good player at his role, but I think the beginning of this season way over hyped his value. He is a good role player on a third line, and can jump up in the lineup if necessary. Not worth 5mil a season IMO. To be honest I’m not even sure how I would feel if the Leafs signed him for 4m a season…
    In my opinion Holland is NHL ready and deserves a chance to stick around.

  • Burntheboats

    Black_Hawk Burtonboy Actually, I’d pick Mantha just because scoring goals is harder than getting assists and Mantha was a goal per game the whole season.

  • Black_Hawk

    wiski Black_Hawk Burtonboy i see then

  • Black_Hawk

    Burntheboats Black_Hawk Burtonboy makes sense

  • loomx

    Black_Hawk FrycersGhost And the youngest player in the draft. That’s the big selling point for me.

  • Black_Hawk

    The_Irv Black_Hawk yeah i rather save cap and give holland a chance

  • Black_Hawk

    FrycersGhost dont think he has had a history of injuries has he?

  • Burntheboats

    So is the overall consensus to pick Fabbri or Ritchie? I wouldn’t mind Nylander if he drops.

  • Black_Hawk

    Burntheboats virtanen wouldnt be bad either

  • wiski

    FrycersGhost bases loaded now

  • Burntheboats

    Black_Hawk Burntheboats Agreed, but I thought Vancouver was high on him?

  • loomx

    Seems like Dale Tallon really likes William Nylander. Only talked about shopping the 1st overall after he came back from the U-18 where William Nylander played well. They could trade down twice to 5th and grab him. 
    1. Edmonton- Ekblad
    2. Buffalo- Reinhart
    3. NY Isles-Bennett
    4. Calgary- Dal Colle
    5. Florida- Nylander
    6. Vancouver- Draisaitl
    7. Carolina-Ricthie
    (fyi. Burke apparently doesn’t like Draisaitl)

  • The_Irv

    Black_Hawk The_Irv Couldn’t agree more

  • Black_Hawk

    Burntheboats Black_Hawk dont know, i mean they just got a new GM so who knows who they want

  • Burntheboats

    loomx He’d probably take Ritchie instead of Dal Colle.