Scouting Report by Ian Dudgeon (@Dudgee)
Simple, solid and impactful stay-at-home defenseman with a spark of offensive upside. Plays a calm and collected game, able to slow things down, get out of dodge without panic and support his teammates by being a rock in his own end. Brings down the blood pressure level of his teammates with his ability to break up oncoming rushes, take control of the puck and make strong outlet passes to clear the zone. Uses his natural tenacity and broad frame to provide just enough nasty to make opponents think twice about heading into a corner or to the crease with him. An extremely intelligent player who displays strong understanding of the game, and hockey sense that allows him to anticipate the play developing in front of him. Regularly goes up against other teamâ€™s most dangerous forwards, logs heavy minutes nearly every game. Could be some undiscovered offensive ability. Providing a point shot on the power play, he can get puck through low and hard, which may be an asset he can develop in his later years in junior.
Projection: Sylvain Lefebvre. Full Stop. aka: a top four complimentary shutdown defender. Itâ€™s quite possible he is one of the most sure things the Maple Leafs have in their prospect arsenal.