With The 15th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Jared McCann

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Jared McCann
Age: 18
Position: Center
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 174lbs
Junior Team: (OHL) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Stats: 64 GP / 27 G / 35 A / 62 P / 51 PIM

The 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft begins on June 27th and ends on June 28th this year and the Detroit Red Wings own the fifteenth pick in the draft.

Jared McCann is ranked 11th among North American players by Central Scouting and 17th by International Scouting.

McCann won a gold medal with the Canada U-18 team at the U18 World Junior Championship in 2013.

“Jared is a highly skilled and creative playmaker,” said Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards. “He has excellent hands and puckhandling ability. He sees the ice very well and can get the puck through traffic with great saucer passes.

McCann does have a connection with the Red Wings in the form of a former teammate. McCann was in his first season with the Greyhounds, while Ryan Sproul was in his last season.

An added bonus, the Greyhound’s jerseys are red and white and McCann looks good in those colors, but the number he wears(nineteen) would have to change.

Jared McCann’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Skating - Has top-end speed and is one of the quickest players in the draft.
  1. Vision - His great vision on the ice allows him to find teammates and get the puck into tight areas, but also finds openings for himself.
  1. Work ethic - McCann does not give up on any play and will back-check and fore-check with a gusto, almost in the same realm as Tyler Bertuzzi.

Flaws:

  1. Consistency - McCann had sixteen multi-point games during the season, but was also held off the score sheet for twenty-seven games.
  1. Size - McCann is only 6’0″ and 174 pounds and while he is still growing, he needs to add weight and strength before making the jump to the pros.
  1. Physicality – He does not back down from bigger players, but needs to strengthen up his core, leg and upper body to improve his physical game.

NHL Comparable:

  1. Mike Richards – A solid two-way center that can have success in both the offensive and defensive zones.
  1. Craig Smith – Not afraid of going into the dangerous areas on the ice and will never back down from another player.
  1. Derek Stepan – Always wants to be on the ice battling for his team and has a great work ethic.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

Jared McCann would give the Detroit Red Wings a smart center that can play special teams and will be defensively responsible when on the ice, while contributing offensively.

Career Potential:

A second or third line center, who could play on the penalty kill or power play. Will not be a number one center for a team.

 

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