– Cole Patey –
North Central Predators (ETA) | Left-Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
Utterson, Ontario | 6-feet, 185-pounds | Feb. 11th, 2003
The North Central Predators were one of the top teams in the ETA during the 2018-19 campaign, skating to a commanding 21-8-5 record — a mark good for second-best in the league.
And, although the Predators received massive offensive contributions from throughout their deep and highly skilled lineup this season, it was Cole Patey who helped to lead the way for the Predators. In fact, in his 29 regular season contests for North Central this past campaign, Patey tallied 19 goals and 43 points — the second-highest total on the Predators behind only Ethan Larmand’s 51.
A tremendous skater and lethal offensive player, Patey has come to be defined by his unparalleled work-ethic and dedication to his team’s on-ice success. Of solid size and strength given his 6-foot, 185-pound frame, Patey isn’t afraid to deliver bone-rattling body-checks or blocks shots in order to fuel and ensure his team’s success.
In short, Patey will be a highly sought after prospect come the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. As a well-rounded and highly competitive youngster of immense potential, it would come as a shock were Patey not selected within the top-60 overall — he is simply that good.
With this being said, let’s take a closer look at some of Patey’s strengths as well as areas in which he would do well to improve stand.
- Speed and Acceleration
- Shot Velocity and Release
- Work-Ethic and Aggressiveness
Patey’s skating stands as the foundation of his game, as the native of Utterson, Ontario can burn his way up and down the ice with tremendous straight-line speed and has the ability to navigate the offensive zone with agility and purpose. What’s more is that Patey can accelerate to full-speed in a short number of strides — an ability which allows him to create time and space on the rush or while breaking out of his defensive zone.
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Once established in the attacking end, Patey can pick apart opposing defences owing to his creativity, vision, and elite-level shot. Although he stands as a threat to pass the puck as well, Patey is most dangerous when he fires the puck on-goal with both velocity and accuracy. Defined by its lightning-quick release, Patey can fire his shot on-net with authority and can generate a great deal of rebounds if his initial shot fails to bulge the twine — a reality which creates numerous opportunities for his teammates.
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In addition to his natural offensive abilities, Patey also brings a well-rounded style of two-way play to the ice on a game-by-game basis. Always aware of his defensive responsibilities and a pest on the back-check, Patey can strip opponents of the puck owing to his strength or throw a well-timed hit in order to disrupt plays devised by his opposition. A tireless skater who works endlessly to secure the puck and generate offensive chances, Patey is a natural competitor who displays a high-energy level and consistent work-ethic with each passing shift.
Areas of Improvement:
- Skating Agility
- Opportunity Recognition and Seizure
Although Patey is unquestionably one of the top prospects eligible for the upcoming 2019 OHL Draft, his game isn’t without room for improvement.
First and foremost, there is Patey’s on-ice agility. While the youngster is an explosive and purposeful skater, he would do well to improve his foot speed and general agility ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. If he wishes to enjoy a successful transition to the OHL-level next season, increasing his agility will provide Patey with greater separation, time, and space from his opponents with which to create deadly offensive opportunities.
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Secondly, there is Patey’s ability to recognize and seize offensive opportunities as they develop within the attacking zone. Now, this is not to say that Patey is poor offensive player by any means, but rather that he would do well to be more confident in his abilities and seize the time and space which his skill set demands from his opponents. If able to become a more direct and purposeful player in the offensive zone, Patey could quite easily develop into a top-tier player at the next-level.
In short, Patey is one of the top forwards eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. As a sturdy skater of solid size and offensive ability, Patey should be able to play a role at the OHL-level as soon as next season owing to his strong work-ethic and competitive nature.
Come the OHL Draft itself, expect to hear Patey’s name called within the initial 60 selections. As the seventh-highest scoring player in the ETA this past season and a member of Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Patey’s offensive flair and consistency won’t go overlooked for long — and deservedly so.