OHL Prospect Profile: Isaac Enright

Isaac Enright has all the makings of an effective defender for the OHL level and beyond. He checks all the boxes in terms of essentials, including impressive sense, intelligence, and decision making, as well as effortless skating and intriguing offensive upside. He has played amongst older competition all year long, providing effective and reliable defending in all situations of the game.

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– Isaac Enright –

Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO) | Right Defence | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Cobden, Ontario | 6-foot, 170-pounds | February 8th, 2003

Isaac Enright has shown consistent improvement throughout the course of the 2018-19 season, finding his groove and playing to his strengths against older competition in the HEO. An intelligent two-way defenceman, Enright ranks second in points amongst 2003-born HEO defencemen and was recognized with an invitation to compete for Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

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Further to the point, Enright was given the opportunity to play in five Jr. A games this year, the maximum number allowed for a U16 player, with the CCHL’s Pembroke Lumber Kings. Enright is a smooth-skating defender who uses his sense and vision of the ice to remain one step ahead of the competition. Displaying solid offensive upside, Enright provides an intriguing profile for an OHL career.

Strengths:

  • Skating
  • Sense & Decision Making
  • Offensive Instincts & Upside

Aside from the offensive numbers that jump off the sheet, Enright has showcased a multitude of traits that forecast very well towards a smooth transition into major junior hockey. His mind is one of his greatest assets, processing plays instantaneously and making wise puck and positional decisions. Enright understands when to join the rush and when to hold his position, and also shows impressive instincts as for when to pinch from the blue line.

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Moreover, his skating ability is off the charts. An effortless skater, Enright can reach top speeds in a matter of a few strides and is able to stop, start, and change directions in a flash. This talent allows him to easily stay with opponents on the rush and effectively eliminate the center lane. On the breakout, Enright can fire effective two-line passes, or rush the puck through all three zones with confidence.

Area of Improvement:

  • Strength & Physicality Below the Dots

If there’s one area within Enright’s nearly complete game which could use some perfecting, it would likely be in his strength and physicality below the dots. As with a number of up-and-coming defencemen in this era of hockey, Enright is exceptionally smart with his body and stick positioning, effectively disrupting passing lanes and eliminating time and space without massive body checks.

With that said, if Enright hopes to continue to be as successful in his OHL career, he would be greatly benefit from some added lower-body strength. This would allow him to stand up better against bigger and stronger opponents, as well as to eliminate players along the boards and behind the net.

Future Potential:

Isaac Enright has all the makings of an effective defender for the OHL level and beyond. He checks all the boxes in terms of essentials, including impressive sense, intelligence, and decision making, as well as effortless skating and intriguing offensive upside. He has played amongst older competition all year long, providing effective and reliable defending in all situations of the game.

In all, Enright projects very favourably to the OHL level. As a mobile, two-way defenceman, Enright has displayed tremendous potential all over the province this year, and shouldn’t last long at the 2019 OHL Draft. He currently projects as a fringe second or early third round pick for the OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Prospect Profile: Mason McTavish

Mason McTavish is an elite offensive talent with some of the greatest upside available amongst all ’03-born prospects. With a pro-level release and exemplary accuracy, McTavish should be considered as a potential top-5 pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Mason McTavish –

Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Carp, Ontario | January 30th, 2003 | 5-foot-11, 191-pounds

Mason McTavish is an elite center with game-defining talent. He can do virtually anything asked of him, but dominates with his ability to generate offence, largely backed by a pro-level shot. McTavish tore up his Bantam year, collecting an otherworldly 49 goals and 83 points in just 30 games, en route to leading the Ottawa Valley Titans to the 2018 All-Ontario Hockey Championship Tournament.

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McTavish, now a member of the HEO’s Pembroke Lumber Kings, has carried that momentum into the ’18-19 season, currently leading the league with six goals and 16 points in 10 games, as of Sept. 25th. Remember that the league is Midget level, comprised of both ’02 and ’03 players. McTavish should be considered to be one of the greatest offensive talents available at the 2019 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Shot
  • Physicality
  • Hockey Sense

Mason McTavish’s game is led by an exceptional shot combined with tremendous strength. Despite standing at a modest 5-foot-9, McTavish is often the strongest player on the ice and is virtually impossible to knock off the puck. He showcases excellent lower-body strength through a fluid stride with a low center of gravity, along with strong edgework that allows him to maneuver around or through his opponents.

It’s McTavish’s offensive instincts that will make him such a hot commodity at the 2019 OHL Draft, with a wide range of options for generating goals. He possesses high-end hockey sense which allows him to read the soft spots on the ice and manipulate them. Coaches and scouts argue that his shot is already pro-level, with pin-point accuracy and a deceptive release.

Area of Improvement:

  • Defensive Awareness

One area in which McTavish could benefit from slight improvements would come in his defensive responsibility. Hardly a liability, McTavish plays his position responsibly, but can visibly be caught thinking about turning the puck up ice before a safe opportunity has presented itself.

A center who backchecks deep into his zone to support his defencemen, McTavish perhaps just needs to further commit to holding down the fort before he starts on the breakout. For a player of his caliber, his coaches can hardly blame him for prematurely flying the zone, but this will certainly be an aspect that needs to be cleaned up for McTavish to become a legitimate center at the OHL level.

Future Potential:

All in all, Mason McTavish is an elite offensive center who can be trusted to play in all situations with success. Most notably, he can generate goals as well as anyone in the 2003-born OHL Draft class, with an exceptional shot and tremendous playmaking skills to boot.

Heading into the 2019 OHL Draft, McTavish appears to be the top prospect coming out of the Ottawa region, and should challenge for a potential top-5 selection.