Only one prospect from the OHL for Philadelphia and he was just drafted.
1. Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's
Konecny struggled through the first half of the season, trying to establish himself as the offensive leader of the 67's, while also acting as captain. I think he was putting too much pressure on himself to perform and as such he struggled with turnovers in the offensive end. But the Top Prospect's Game was a real turning point for him. His fantastic performance at the event really helped him to understand how much of an impact he can make by playing the game hard and by keeping things simple. His speed is an asset and it allows him to be a factor with and without the puck. He's a tenacious and tireless worker in the offensive end and creates scoring chances for himself and his line mates. Of course, he's also got a fantastic release which makes him the perfect candidate to play with a great playmaker (why I think he profiles best as a winger). As captain, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and as he gets stronger, he'll be an absolute beast in all three zones. Next year he'll return to Ottawa and focus on playing hard, but also staying healthy. Ottawa should have a very solid team and could compete for the East. I'd definitely expect him to be in the 85-90 point range in 2015/2016.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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