Alex Yuill – Barrie Colts – 2013 NHL Draft

If size wasn’t such an important factor, Alex would be a sure fire 1st rounder for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. We simply can’t say enough good things

about Alex. His hockey IQ is through the roof for a young defenseman. Going back to minor midget we were extremely impressed with his play. He is a smooth skating defenseman who shows excellent composure and rushes the puck well. He makes smart decisions with the puck in the offensive zone and had a little bit of ice time on the power play. For a young under-sized defenseman, the OHL can be a bit overwhelming, but Alex only committed 10 minor penalties all season. He is effective defensively due to a good stick, along with good body positioning. We were surprised by his willingness to hit, and how effective he is given his size, and displayed good core strength. He is smart defensively and doesn’t panic under pressure allowing him to skate the puck out of trouble or pass it up the ice depending on the situation. He battles along the boards and while he doesn’t win all the time, he competes hard and is smart when engaging in these battles. He can sometimes hang back and be the player who takes the puck out of the scrum. Alex plays a complete game as he contributes at both ends of the ice, but is obviously more adept to being an offensive defenseman. The only issue is the glaring size concern. We really hope Alex grows because defensemen with his hockey sense and maturity at his age don’t come along every day.