Dalton Prout | RD | 6.03 | 215lbs | 03/13/90 | CBJ 10′ (6/154)
2010/11 - 7GP 1G 8A 9P -4 12PIM
After being a very highly touted Minor Midget player back in 2006, Prout finally had his breakout season a year ago on a Barrie Colts team that made a run to the OHL Finals. After being selected as a 20 year old in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, there was some speculation that Prout could stick in the AHL this season but he was eventually returned to Barrie. It’s pretty clear that he’s a man playing amongst boys right now as his size is incredibly imposing on the ice. His impact on the game is improving as he’s been relied on to play a more offensive role, but he has been more prone to making some poor turnovers on ambitious plays which is a bit concerning. I think Prout will re-adjust to his role as a stay at home player at the next level, however, and he could develop into a depth type player down the road in the mold of a player like Marc Methot
Brandon Devlin | RD | 6.01 | 183lbs | 04/27/94 | 2012 Eligible
2010/11 - 12GP 0G 1A 1P -7 6PIM
After the Colt’s dealt almost all of their high end picks in this past OHL Priority Selection, Devlin is the lone 16 year old to crack the Barrie squad this season. You can tell that he does have a decent framework and he’s willing to engage physically and compete every shift, but at this point he’s extremely raw and does look out of place at this level as the speed of the game is something that he’s struggling to adapt to. He’s sure to see a lot of ice this year so he should definitely improve as the year goes on.
Mark Scheifele | RC | 6.03 | 175lbs | 03/15/93 | 2011 Eligible
2010/11 - 12GP 5G 9A 14P -4 6PIM
I talked a little bit about Scheifele earlier in the season and still feel that he’s a player that is definitely going to be a huge riser in 2011. Obviously his skating still needs work as he doesn’t quite have that great acceleration or balance, but once he can rectify those two areas of his game, he will be a force in the OHL, and a very good NHL prospect. Scheifele has real good puck poise and the puck seems to follow him all over the offensive zone. The past couple of looks I’ve had of him, he’s really generated a lot of offense with his elusive agility and ability to utilize his quick release. I’m not trying to draw parallels, but his game is similar to that of Ryan Johansen, but while I really can’t envision him rising that much, I think the Top 60 could easily be within reach.
Dylan Smoskowitz | RC | 6.00 | 170lbs | 02/11/93 | 2011 Eligible
2010/11 - 12GP 5G 1A 6P -6 8PIM
I’ve still been a little disappointed with Smoskowitz this year as he really hasn’t lived up to the pedigree many were preaching after a very impressive season in the OJHL a year ago. He’s still adjusting to the OHL and it does look like he has a lot of the tools to be an effective player at this level in the future, but his game is still very rough around the edges and as of now I have a hard time envisioning him as much of an NHL prospect come June.
Darren Archibald | LW | 6.03 | 210lbs | 02/09/90 | Free Agent
2010/11 - 8GP 7G 4A 11P -5 2PIM
I’m still pretty shocked that Archibald ended up going undrafted yet again this past summer. While he is certainly prone to going through stages of inconsistency, when he’s on his game, he’s a force. This season promises to be a very good one for the overager, as Archibald not only has the physical tools to control the play with his body, he also is getting top line minutes at even strength and on the special teams. He’s a very tough player to contain when he wants to be and he has a great touch in and around the net so expect him to be among the OHL leaders in goals this season. I think you’ll see him get signed next summer and he should be starting out in the AHL come 2011/12.
Taylor Carnevale | RC | 6.00 | 190lbs | 03/15/91 | 2011 Eligible
2010/11 - 5GP 5G 2A 7P -4 4PIM
There was a perception that Carnevale could have potentially been drafted last year as well after he busted out of the gates with a quick start last season. However after cooling down a bit and seeing his ice-time reduced with some trade acquisitions, Carnevale did not hear his name called in Los Angeles. There’s a chance that with a big year this season, he could rectify that next season, but at this point I can’t see a whole lot of qualities in his game that really indicate he can play in a role at the NHL level, so don’t be surprised if he’s back in the OHL next season as an overager.