2011 Final Draft Ranking
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41. Lucas Lessio – LW – Oshawa (OHL) – 6’1 – 197lbs – Shoots L – Jan. 23, 1993
Lessio is the final of the Oshawa “big 3.” Lessio had an extremely productive rookie year in the OHL, but needs to continue to show some of the flair and smarts he exhibited this season. Lessio scored some extremely nice goals this year, is very relentless on the puck, and has some nice finishing ability. His board work is solid and he doesn’t shy away from altercations. He needs to bring some consistency to his game and show a bit more in terms of what kind of player her is. We know what his peers are all about, but after a full year, we aren’t really sure what Lessio projects as. More often than not, we saw him as more of a skilled winger with a tough of grit, but it seems that on some nights he wanted to be more of a puck-carrier and dangler than he is really capable of.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 66GP – 27G – 27A – 54PTS – 66PIM – +8
42. Shane Prince – C – Ottawa (OHL) – 5’10 – 174lbs – Shoots L – Nov. 16, 1992
Shane Prince had one of the most offensively productive seasons of anyone in the OHL. Despite his stature, this young man plays the game with an intense amount of speed and effort. He’s difficult to catch and extremely crafty with the puck. He’s your prototypical playmaker. He uses his speed and vision to find open space and distribute the puck both forehand and backhand. Lacks creative stickhandling but has a good shot. Needs to bulk up to be effective at the next level.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 59GP – 25G – 63A – 88PTS – 18PIM – +43
43. Scott Mayfield – D – Youngstown (USHL) – 6’4 – 197lbs – Shoots R – Oct. 14, 1992
Mayfield is a quiet kid that you won’t notice much on the ice, and that’s a compliment to his poise. He’s a great skater, physical, heads up defenseman that is seemingly capable of doing anything asked of him. This future University of Denver product has all the makings of a kid that is a perfect fit for the current state of the NHL. He’s poised, calm on the ice, and takes the reigns as a leader when he steps onto the rink.
2010/11 USHL Statistics: 52GP – 7G – 9A – 16A – 159PIM – -18
44. Reid Boucher – F – USNDTP – 5’10 – 192lbs – Shoots L – Sept. 8, 1992
Per Chris Peters of U.S. Hockey: “He’s one of the absolute purest goal scorers in the draft. Not just American, everyone. He’s got the nastiest release I’ve seen and his shot has serious zip on it. He’s a little undersized, but has underrated strength. With the right center, Boucher’s got 30-goal potential in him.”
2010/11 US Statistics: 24GP – 14G – 6A – 20PTS – 13PTS – +6
45. Joel Edmundson – D – Moose Jaw (WHL) – 6’4 – 191lbs – Shoots L – June 28, 1993
Edmundson was one of the meaner, more physical players in this draft class. In only his first year in the WHL, he made an impact with his physicality and presence in the defensive zone. His skating improved from the beginning to end of the year, but he has a long way to go in that department. Edmundson needs to improve his poise and puck distribution to have a shot at the next level, but his willingness to fight and his physical presence make him an intriguing, big prospect.
2010/11 WHL Statistics: 71GP – 2G – 18A – 20PTS – 95PIM – +3
46. Rickard Rakell – RW – Plymouth (OHL) – 6’0 – 191lbs – Shoots R – May 5, 1993
This Sweden native suffered a high-ankle sprain mid-way through the year that limited his action. Rakell is a feisty forward with a great set of wheels. He isn’t afraid of the dirty stuff and adapted really well to the North American game. His offensive skill set is limited, but he has a shot and can protect the puck well. He’s great at both ends, and as he continues to refine his offensive game, he should pay a nice dividend. That said, even if his hands and scoring don’t pan out, his style makes him low risk.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 49GP – 19G – 24A – 43PTS – 12PIM – +14
47. Stuart Percy – D – Mississauga (OHL) – 6’0 – 186lbs – Shoots L – May 18, 1993
Percy had a great year for St. Michales, posting some good numbers and showing a wide variety of skills. Percy has a great hockey IQ and did an excellent job of taking care of the puck this year. His vision is top notch, he skates with his head up, and he does a fine job of making sure the puck stays out of trouble. Percy does need to work on his skating and mobility, but he has been able to get around it up to this point so far. To make the jump to the next level, he needs to work on his skating and his ability to stop and go against forwards that can dangle well.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 64GP – 4G – 29A 33PTS – 50PIM – +50
48. Miikka Salomaki – RW – Karpat (FIN) – 5’11 – 198lbs – Shoots L – March 9, 1993
Salomaki gets a spot in our top 50 based on work ethic alone. He played in the Finnish elite league at just 17 so his sample size is small due to slight minutes. Salomaki is a good skater, has some decent hands, and goes to the net with regularity. He plays an up-tempo, hard-hitting game and never takes a shift off. He was one of the most noticeable players on the ice for the U-18’s this year. I think the offensive ceiling for Salomaki is higher than some expect and he’s already proven he can get to the front of the net and make a difference.
2010/11 FIN Statistics: 40GP – 4G – 6A – 10PTS – 53PIM – +2
49. Tyler Wotherspoon – D – Portland (WHL) – 6’1 – 203lbs – Shoots L – March 12, 1993
Wotherspoon is another big, physical defenseman that is really great in front of his own net. His gap control is great and he’s as good of a skater in reverse as he is going forward. He shows lots of poise in his own end and is an effective penalty killer. He’s another guy that you don’t really notice much. He needs to improve his skating to be effective at the next level. Wotherspoon projects as a stay at home defenseman with good leadership qualities.
2010/11 WHL Statistics: 64GP – 2G -10A -12PTS – 73PIM – 0
50. Vladislav Namestnikov – C – London (OHL) – 6’0 – 166lbs – Shoots L – Nov. 22, 1992
You’ll find Namestnikov higher everywhere else, but I am not sold on that top potential. His first year in the OHL was extremely productive, but he lacks the muscle and size to be effective in the NHL. He has excellent hands and a great shot, and he is also surprisingly effective in his own zone. That said, he can get knocked off the puck and taken out of games by stingy defense. He needs to bulk up and get meaner if he wants to make the jump to the next level.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 68GP – 30G – 38A – 68PTS – 49PIM – +12
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