We take an early season look at a couple more 2014 NHL Draft Prospects, Jared McCann of the Soo and Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels. McCann sits 10th on our prospect list, while Fleury sits 11th in the same pre-season top 40 2014 NHL Draft rankings list.
Both players got off to early starts to their season by participating at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in August with Team Canada where they won gold. McCann has come flying out of the gate with a 4 goal game in just his second game of the season. Fleury has scored during his first weekend as well.
Below are our profiles on both players from our 2013 NHL Draft Black Book.
McCann, Jared – LC – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – 6’0” – 174
Jared was selected first round, 4th Overall by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the 2012 OHL Priority Selection Draft out of the London Jr. Knights Gold Minor Midget program. Jared was very highly regarded by HockeyProspect and was ranked #2 behind only Connor McDavid in our 2012 OHL Draft Guide.
McCann had an outstanding rookie season for the Greyhounds. He immediately jumped right into the Greyhounds lineup and needed a little time to find his groove, but when he did he was a consistently effective player splitting time between the second and third lines. Jared finished his final 9 games of the season posting 16 points in 9 games played. He brings a number of offensive skills to the table and possesses a quick burst of speed when cutting through the middle of the ice that catches many defenders flat footed. Jared displays excellent vision and is particularly so successful because of his very high level of hockey sense. He reads the game at a level higher than most of his peers and it allows him to create, execute and read plays that some players simply cannot. He scored a number of highlight reel goals this season and possesses an absolute rocket of a wrist shot with a lightning quick release that catches many goaltenders off guard.
McCann was very physical in midget and we expect he will bring even more of that side of his game in the OHL. He was not afraid of corners or battles in front of the net against bigger opponents. He is also very reliable in the defensive zone and is more aware than many rookies at helping out defenders down low and moving pucks up ice quickly. He is strong in the face-off circle and wins the majority of draws he takes. Jared provided good scoring depth on the second power play lineup for the Greyhounds displaying good offensive awareness and playmaking abilities. He shows creative one on one moves when skating with the puck. Jared missed time in the playoffs due to concussion reasons but should be ready to go by the start of next season.
McCann will be looking to improve on an impressive rookie season by not only being one of the main contributors in the Greyhounds arsenal but will also expect to hear his name called very early in the 2014 NHL Draft.