Weight: 189 Pounds
DOB: December 20, 1993
Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Arguably the most physically imposing blueliner in the draft, Dalton Thrower is going to add a lot of snarl to a team's defensive corps.
A poised and composed blueliner, Thrower's name is well representative of the kind of sandpaper he is going to bring to the NHL. A hard-nosed 18-year-old, Thrower loves to throw big hits and battle in the corner, and he is willing to drop the gloves to stand up for his teammates.
But it is the two-way potential Thrower has shown with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades that has really impressed scouts. Over the course of the season, Thrower blossomed from being purely a penalty-killing defenseman willing to block shots and defend physically into a power-play danger with a powerful shot and good rushing-the-puck ability.
Because of his all-around game, many believe that Thrower will be captain material at the NHL level. Despite his physical side, Thrower is a clever player with a high hockey IQ who knows when to drop the gloves and when to step it up offensively.
Thrower spent the season with the Blades, becoming a key player for the postseason contenders and playing on a defensive pairing with Colorado Avalanche prospect Duncan Siemens. In 66 games for the Blades, Thrower scored 18 goals (including nine on the power play and one shorthanded) and added 36 assists for 54 points to go along with 103 penalty minutes.
Thrower struggled in the playoffs, recording just one assist in four games, but so did the whole Blades team. They were eliminated in the first round by the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Heading into the draft, Dalton Thrower was ranked as the 24th North American skater by Central Scouting.
Analysis: Thrower projects as a dynamic second-pairing with great special teams upside. He will be a two-way defenseman at the NHL level, but, because of his good skating and physical side, could be used in a shutdown role.