2016 NHL Draft Profiles: Logan Stanley

Logan Stanley – 6’7, 220-pound left-shot defenceman from the Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Logan Stanley Rankings

  • Ranked #23 in Aggregate Draft Rankings
  • Ranked #30 by
  • Ranked #25 by ISS Hockey
  • Ranked #19 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Logan Stanley’s Scouting Report provided by Brock Otten of OHL Prospects

Logan Stanley Strengths

  • Logan Stanley is 6’7 and 220 pounds and he actually moves reasonably well. He’s worked very hard to improve his skating, and his stride is a lot more fluid and powerful.
  • A lot of the time his reach and aggressiveness help to negate some of the issues he has in his lateral and backwards agility.
  • He’s also very aggressive in using his size in the corners and in front of the net. He’s one mean customer.
  • Offensively, there are underrated components to his game. He shows upside as a puck rusher. I also really like the patience and poise he exhibits on the blueline when trying to get shots through to the net.

Logan Stanley Weaknesses

  • His lateral and backwards agility still need work, and he needs to keep his feet moving off the rush.
  • There is a lot to like and the progression he’s shown this year is incredibly impressive. I just don’t like the track record of using high picks on players like Stanley — that being huge defenders who project as stay at home defenders at the next level. The game is evolving, and while size will likely always be king, it’s built on speed more than anything now. I think that negates some of the impact that a guy like Stanley can have at the NHL level.

The Verdict

When making a final call about Stanley, it comes down to where you feel his upside lies. Will his skating and offensive game continue to improve to the point where he’s an Erik Gudbranson type of player? Or will he be more of a Matt Greene type of third pairing/PK guy?

Logan Stanley Career Notes

  • Drafted round 1, #12 overall by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft
  • Won 2013-14 AHMMPL championship with the Waterloo Wolves
  • Recorded the most points by an AHMMPL defenceman in 2013-14
  • OHL Gold Cup bronze medal winner in 2013-14 with the Waterloo Wolves
  • Named to the 2015-16 CHL Top Prospects Game

Logan Stanley Interview

Courtesy of The Pipeline Show:

On how he would describe his game:
I think I’m defense-first. I play a lot of shutdown minutes. I also think I can add to the offense a little bit and be more of a two-way defenceman. In the NHL now, there’s not many one-dimensional players. Everyone can do everything. I’m just trying to work on both sides of my game.

On growing his numbers in his sophomore season:
There’s a lot more confidence I’m playing with. The team is obviously a little bit better this year and we’re doing a little bit better. I had a long summer of working out and power skating and trying to develop my game. That’s helping a lot in my second season.

On playing with fellow top defence prospect Mikhail Sergachev:
It’s awesome. He knows English really well now. He came to Windsor in the summer and didn’t know too much, but he’s working on it a lot. I know he takes some English classes and is trying to learn as much as he can. Anytime he doesn’t understand something he asks me to go over it. We communicate really well on the ice and off the ice, and he’s one of my good buddies on the team. I think that helps out when we’re playing. We’ve got good chemistry.

On battling in practice with fellow a 6’6+ player in teammate Logan Brown:
I want to say I come out on top all the time, but I’d be lying to you guys. He’s such a gifted player with the puck and is just so shifty for how big he is. He protects the puck so well. He’s definitely hard to contain. We battle pretty hard in practice all the time, and we’re best friends off the ice so it’s pretty fun to see who comes out on top.

On his favourite team growing up:
It was Toronto growing up, and Ottawa I always liked. As I got a little bit older and started following my cousin [Michael Latta] a little bit more, who is playing for the Capitals now in Washington, I started cheering for Washington a little bit more.

On what he’s working to improve in his game:
I think just my all-around game. The NHL is such a good league. Everyone has to be working everyday to get better. I think the biggest thing for me is my footwork. Every player is so fast nowadays. Being a big guy, that’s one thing that I’m going to have to work on and work hard at — keeping up with the speed of the game and being able to pivot and contain guys down low who are smaller and quicker than me.

On playing for head coach Rocky Thompson:
I think he’s a really structured coach which is good for our team. He’s a really smart guy who knows the game really well. He’s a great teacher of the game and we’re lucky to have him here in Windsor.

Logan Stanley Statistics

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Waterloo SiskinsGOJHL00000|Playoffs21010
2014-15Windsor SpitfiresOHL5904460-25|
Canada Red U17WHC-1752022|
2015-16Windsor SpitfiresOHL64512171037|Playoffs510116-5
Canada U18WJC-18701112-1|

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