OHL Prospect Profile: Cole Patey

Cole Patey of the ETA’s North Central Predators is a dynamic offensive force defined by his size and commitment to two-way play. Come the 2019 OHL Draft, Patey should be made a top-60 overall selection in the event.

– 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.

Strengths:

  • Speed and Acceleration
  • Shot Velocity and Release
  • Physicality
  • 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.

Future Potential:

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.

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OHL Prospect Profile: Connor Punnett

Connor Punnett has the ability to be a game changer at both ends of the ice. With intriguing offensive upside, he has displayed the potential to be an elite puck-moving defenceman. Projecting to the OHL level, Punnett has showcased all of the necessary abilities to adapt and thrive at the major junior level.

– Connor Punnett –

North Central Predators (ETA) | Left Defence | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Powassan, Ontario | 6-foot-1, 174-pounds | June 16th, 2003

Connor Punnett has quietly put his name on the map as one of the top puck-moving defencemen available for this year’s OHL Draft. His skills at both ends of the ice, as well as upper-level strength and physicality, were two leading reasons for his inclusion on Team Ontario’s roster for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Related: Check out Prospect Pipeline’s 2019 OHL Draft Rankings.

A large part of Punnett’s upside comes from his offensive potential. He ranked second among all ETA defencemen in points per game this year, totalling six goals and 26 points over 30 games of action. His play was further rewarded by call-ups to play with the Powassan VooDoos of the NOJHL, where he was able to display his ability to go up against older and stronger opponents.

Strengths:

  • Transition Skills
  • Gap Control
  • Sense & Instincts

Punnett is a defenceman who thrives on the transition game, plain and simple. He is tremendously reliable in his own end, controlling gaps with authority and combining smart body and stick positioning to be an intimidating player to face on the rush. With good size, he isn’t afraid to force opponents into the wall and is very effective below the dots.

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With that said, Punnett is excellent at retrieving the puck and moving it up ice in an instant, with slick tape-to-tape breakout passes, effective chips off the wall, and eye-catching breakaway dishes. From the offensive blue line, Punnett excels at getting shots through traffic to produce scoring chances. Further, his sense and ability to read the game is off the charts, playing a game mature beyond his years.

Area of Improvement:

  • Shot Power

In order to be a truly elite offensive defender at the next level, Punnett will need to ads some extra gas to his shot from the point. He’s displayed an ability to sift through traffic and score on the rush, but being able to score from the point at the next level will be crucial in reaching his ceiling of potential.

Especially on the man advantage, Punnett would greatly increase his draft stock with some extra muscle in his slap shot. Although he possesses a smart wrister from the point with which he can get past screens, adding an extra element to his talents from the line would make himself much more potent as a two-way defenceman.

Future Potential:

Overall, Connor Punnett has the ability to be a game changer at both ends of the ice. With intriguing offensive upside, he has displayed the potential to be an elite puck-moving defenceman who can join the rush or skate the puck through the neutral zone himself. He has continued to grow in his defensive reliability as well, playing an intelligent and physical game in his own zone.

Projecting to the OHL level, Punnett has showcased all of the necessary abilities to adapt and thrive at the major junior level. As he continues to grow and strengthen, he will only become a more intimidating defender to face at either end of the ice. In all, Punnett projects as a potential second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Ethan Larmand

Ethan Larmand is a prospect who can do it all and who will be a coach’s dream wherever he plays. He has an incredible worth ethic and never takes a shift off, leading by example and often driving his team’s offence. Larmand’s consistency has slowly driven himself into the ETA’s elite tier of offensive producers.

– Ethan Larmand –

North Central Predators (ETA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Midland, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 160-pounds | November 12th, 2003

Ethan Larmand is one of the main engines behind the North Central Predators drive for success. He leads by example on the ice, displaying a work ethic and compete level second-to-none. Larmand plays a high-energy game with a motor that doesn’t stop, playing each shift as if it’s his last.

Related: Check out Prospect Pipeline’s 2019 OHL Draft Rankings.

Larmand showcases tremendous offensive talent, backed by impressive puck skills and a heavy and accurate wrist shot. He visibly reads the game well and is able to process developing plays and adapt to changing circumstances on the fly. Larmand was recently selected to represent Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Strengths:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Puck Skills & Shot
  • Sense & Instincts

Larmand plays a high-paced game, consistently jockeying for position and battling until the end for loose pucks. He isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas and often comes away with possession of the puck. He displays impressive instincts at both ends of the ice, reading developing plays and player positions to take smart routes to the puck. These instincts are further demonstrated on the rush, where Larmand is able to easily fake out his opponents and utilize their momentum to go against the grain of the play.

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A potent offensive producer, Larmand is a gifted and natural goal-scorer with a tremendous sense for the ice around the net. He displays great puck skills under pressure and on the rush, controlling the puck and distributing it effectively at top speeds. His shot is lethal; quick and deceptive, his release seems to fool opposing goaltenders as he changes shooting angles and looks off passing options. Each night, Larmand is one of the hardest workers on the ice, never taking a shift off.

Area of Improvement:

  • Top-End Speed

If there was one aspect in which Larmand could improve in order to become a top-tier prospect for the 2019 OHL Draft, it would be in his top-end speed. While his skating his solid, showing good agility and acceleration, he doesn’t necessarily display separation speed that would allow him to blow by defenders along the wing.

Namely when breaking out from his own zone and skating the puck through the neutral zone, this aspect would make Larmand all the more difficult to defend. As well, a more explosive first three steps would make Larmand tougher more dangerous on turnovers and on recovered loose pucks.

Future Potential:

In all, Ethan Larmand is a prospect who can do it all and who will be a coach’s dream wherever he plays. He has an incredible worth ethic and never takes a shift off, leading by example and often driving his team’s offence. Larmand’s consistency has slowly driven himself into the ETA’s elite tier of offensive producers.

A prospect who continues to impress and who displays a five-tool game, Larmand’s stock will only continue to rise for the 2019 OHL Draft. At this time, he projects as a fringe second-round pick, with definite room to rise before the big day.