Patrick Charbonneau, the director of Central Scouting with the QMJHL, provided scouting reports to Metro on Nova Scotians ranked in the first round for Saturday’s draft, as well as Halifax-area prospects ranked in the top five rounds (listed with position, height, weight and major midget team).
6. F Taylor Burke, 6-0, 190, Cole Harbour. Best forward from the Maritimes â€¦ Extremely strong skater â€¦ Loves to score goals from the slot â€¦ Imposing physique â€¦ Dominates in corners.
7. F Liam O’Brien, 6-1, 184, Notre Dame. Complete two-way player â€¦ Strong skater â€¦ Forechecks hard and finishes checks â€¦ Best work ethic of anybody ranked in the top seven.
10. F Brent Turnbull, 6-0, 177, Pictou Weeks. Could become a dominating power forward â€¦ Excellent skater for his size â€¦ Has a hard shot and natural finish â€¦ Drives the net with force.
18. G Jacob Brennan, 6-0, 158, Halifax. Always at the top of his crease, challenging shooters â€¦ Wants to play NCAA â€¦ His determination to stop the puck is second to none.
28. D Brendan Duke, 5-11, 187, Cole Harbour. Efficient defensive defenceman â€¦ Makes a good first pass â€¦ Not shy physically.
29. F Michael Clarke, 5-11, 187, Cole Harbour. Among the most talented Maritimers available â€¦ Skating a weakness â€¦ Boasts a pro shot.
41. F Ryan Penny, 6-0, 174, Dartmouth. Good skater with good size â€¦ Likes physical play â€¦ Goes into traffic to score.
46. F Devon Oliver-Dares, 5-11, 176, Dartmouth. North-south winger â€¦ Needs to play a physical game more consistently.
61. D Mitchell Shewfelt, 5-9, 172, Dartmouth. Small stature, big game â€¦ Finished at the top of the list in Central Scouting’s physical tests â€¦ Wins 1-on-1 battles â€¦ Puck-mover with a hard shot.
72. F Mark Tremaine, 5-11, 182, Dartmouth. Defensive-minded forward â€¦ Plays a power game but limited offensively.
77. F Brandon Boutilier, 5-10, 161, Halifax. One of most combative players in the draft â€¦ Dominates along the boards â€¦ Good skater and two-way player.