OHL Prospect Profile: Donovan McCoy

The Quinte Red Devils are a powerhouse in the ETA this season, and stand as dominantly as they do owing to the presence of Donovan McCoy — an energetic and poised two-way defenceman eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft.

– Donovan McCoy –

Quinte Red Devils (ETA) | Defence | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Belleville, Ontario | 6’0″, 175-pounds | 2004-born

The Quinte Red Devils not only stood as the top team in the ETA during the 2019-20 season, but as one of the most dominant clubs in all of Minor Midget hockey as well. Paced by a dynamic offensive attack, the Red Devils routinely outscored their opposition while putting forth stable and consistent defensive play within their own zone to boot — a reality which allowed Quinte to dismantle their opponents with relative ease on a nightly basis. And, although Dalyn Wakely received a great deal of attention throughout the Red Devils’ regular season campaign — and deservedly so — the play of Donovan McCoy on Quinte’s blue line was equally impactful.

In fact, McCoy’s efforts were so consistent and effective that he now stands as one of the top defence prospects eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Skating Strength and Mobility
  • Composure, Vision, and Breakout Abilities
  • Innate Two-Way Ability
  • Shot Strength and Penetration
  • On-Ice Versatility

The foundation of McCoy’s game is his ability to skate with strength, purpose, and mobility. Within his own zone, McCoy boasts the speed necessary to claim loose pucks from his opponents and regularly wins puck and board battles owing to his impressive lower body strength and raw determination. Once in possession of the puck, McCoy is as calm and composed as any defenceman eligible of the 2020 OHL Draft — he uses his vision to assess the position of players in his field of view before unleashing a crisp breakout pass or leading a rush up the ice owing to his ample acceleration and confidence on the ice.

This innate two-way ability allows McCoy to dismantle plays devised by his opposition before embarking upon lethal counter-attacks. Having distributed the puck to a teammate or carried it up the ice himself, McCoy doesn’t hesitate to play a significant role in the attacking zone. Although not afraid to drive the puck hard to the net when the situation allows, McCoy routinely stands as a dynamic threat on the opposing blue line. Owing to mobility, McCoy can walk the blue line with absolute ease and is never pressured into making mistakes. From his perch, McCoy can distribute the puck to a nearby teammate or shift his position in order to find an open shooting lane.

In short, McCoy stands as one of the top defencemen eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft as a result of his dynamic two-way play. Not only can he maintain excellent gap control and force turnovers in his own zone, but the youngster can fuel his team’s lethal offensive attack in the process.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Defensive Zone Physicality

As mentioned above, McCoy stands as one of the very best defenceman eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft — a reality which means that his game contains more room to grow than it does to improve. However, if we were to nitpick, we’d say that McCoy would do well to assert himself and his impressive physicality on a more frequent basis in his defensive zone. Boasting great size, McCoy features the ability to knock opposing forwards off of the puck and would stand as an even more intimidating presence if he elected to do so on a more frequent basis.

Future Potential:

At the end of the day, McCoy features the skill set necessary to develop into a top-pairing defenceman at the OHL-level and beyond. As a terrific skater and intelligent young player who processes the game at an elite-level, McCoy’s ability to fuel his team’s play at both ends of the ice should result in his selection in the first round of the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. While McCoy still features room to improve — like all players of his age — the native of Belleville, Ontario stands as a polished prospect who should have little issue adjusting the to major-junior level next season should he choose to do so.

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2020 OHL Draft Profile: Dalyn Wakely

Dalyn Wakely of the ETA’s Quinte Red Devils is a force on the ice thanks to his intimidating physicality along with his high-end scoring abilities.

– Dalyn Wakely –

Quinte Red Devils (ETA) | Center | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

As a member of a perennial powerhouse in the 2004-born circuit, the Quinte Red Devils, Dalyn Wakely has developed into one of the most highly-anticipated prospects available for the 2020 OHL Draft.

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An intimidating force to go up against, Wakely has consistently dominated his competition all over the ice. Showcasing immense strength, he can level opponents with powerful open-ice hits, or effectively separate them from the puck along the wall. With a heavy shot, an electric release, and creative hands, Wakely can light the lamp in a multitude of ways.

Wakely’s impressive attributes were enough to catch the eyes of Jr. A brass, as he made his OJHL debut in September of 2019. With the Red Devils being a heavy favourite in the ETA, Wakely will undoubtedly be a name to watch for heading up to the 2020 OHL Draft and beyond.

Strengths:

  • Shot Power and Release
  • Strength and Physicality
  • On-Ice Awareness

The leader of the reigning OMHA Champion, Quinte Red Devils, Dalyn Wakely is a dynamic forward who can make a significant difference at both ends of the ice. Oozing with skill and strength, he can create problems for his opposition in plenty of ways, whether by enforcing the physical aspect of the game, or by creating dangerous scoring chances. With impressive lower-body strength and a solid center of gravity, Wakely is able to dish out some devastating open-ice hits, making sure that opponents know when he’s on the ice. This also makes him a force along the wall in the offensive zone, as he becomes nearly impossible to bump off of the puck.

That strength further comes in handy when Wakely is snapping shots past goaltenders. He has a quick, yet powerful release, ripping heavy shots off of the rush or while posted up off of the half-wall. With that said, he also displays creative vision of the ice, utilizing his silky hands and sense of developing plays to turn defenders inside-out. Wakely can also be dangerous from a playmaking standpoint, as opponents are forced to respect his shot, he can fake them out before sliding a cross-ice pass to a wide-open teammate. Further, Wakely is very intelligent with his puck movement on the powerplay, and can even direct plays on his own.

Area of Improvement:

  • Straight-Line Speed and Edge Work

In order to become a more dynamic and truly dominant player in all facets of the game, Wakely could stand to work on his edge work and his top speed. While his skating certainly isn’t going to hold him back from having a successful future, it’s simply an area which could be further developed.

Growing his straight-line speed would allow him to separate from defenders a little quicker on the rush and create more odd-man opportunities and breakaways. Further, some slicker edges would make him a much more unpredictable skater, and would force defenders to play on their heels a little bit more.

Future Potential:

With that being said, Dalyn Wakely should, by all means, be considered a first-round prospect for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. He’s got the size and strength to jump straight into the OHL next year, as well as all the natural talent to become an offensive force at the next level and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for Wakely and the entire Quinte Red Devils squad during the course of the 2019-20 season.

OHL Prospect Profile: Daniel Michaud

Daniel Michaud is one of the top prospects coming out of the ETA for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. An intelligent center, Michaud is a natural goal-scorer with gifted puck skills. He projects as a probable first round pick.

– Daniel Michaud –

Quinte Red Devils (ETA) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Belleville, Ontario | February 14, 2003

Daniel Michaud is a crafty forward with excellent puck skills and a knack for finding the right place at the right time. Considered to be one of the top 2003-born prospects coming out of the ETA this year, Michaud will likely challenge for the title of scoring champion this year with his combination of goal-scoring potential and playmaking prowess.

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In his first taste of action for the 2018-19 campaign, Michaud displayed a strong north-south game and an ability to lead Quinte’s offence by generating scoring chances on a regular basis. After a slow start to the tournament, the Red Devils would finish 2-2-0 and miss the playoff round, while Michaud led his team with three goals and six points.

Strengths:

  • Hockey Sense
  • Skating
  • Shot

Daniel Michaud’s game revolves around his hockey IQ, in which he exhibits superior intelligence of developing situations and the positioning of everyone else on the ice. He displays excellent vision with slick passes through traffic, finding his teammates just as they arrive on the spot.

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Michaud is a quick and shifty skater with above-average agility. He has promising top-end speed and is able to skate by defencemen on the outside. He also excels at cycling the puck in order to maintain puck possession and buy time for his teammates. Michaud has a strong shot with a quick release, as well as creative hands which can make defenders and goaltenders alike look silly.

Area of Improvement:

  • Lower-Body Strength

If there’s one area which could push Michaud to the next level, it would be his lower-body strength. He has room to improve in protecting the puck, as well as in board battles for the puck. If Michaud was slightly stronger on his feet with more leverage to brush off opponents, he would be that much more effective.

With an already smooth stride, this may come along naturally as Michaud continues to grow and mature, but it’s an area to focus on this year for sure. The benefits from being able to protect and battle for the puck are endless, just look at how often Connor McDavid uses it in his game in order to be truly dominant.

Future Potential:

Michaud currently appears to be one of the top players from the ETA region for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, with dynamic offensive abilities and responsible defensive awareness to boot. Michaud should be a contender to lead his league in scoring and currently projects as a top-50 prospect for next year’s draft. He should be able to jump straight into the OHL for the 2019-20 season.