Player: Ian McCoshen
Drafted By: Florida Panthers (31st overall)
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 24 North American skater
Height/Weight: 6'3'', 205 lbs
DOB: August 5, 1995 (17 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: USHL, Waterloo Black Hawks
Ian McCoshen is a young defenseman who is about to start his career in the NCAA with Boston College. He most recently played in the USHL for Waterloo, and it was a breakout season for the young blueliner.
In 53 games, McCoshen scored 11 goals and added 33 assists for a total of 44 points. McCoshen also had a plus/minus rating of plus-35, and it is a testament to his commitment to playing a three-zone game.
Full Scouting Report
McCoshen is a traditional two-way defenseman who does a lot of things under the radar. He isn’t known for viral YouTube videos of him delivering huge hits or his fancy puck skills, but he is a guy who can log important minutes. At 6’3”, 205 pounds, he has good size and is a very good skater who has a great stride that allows him to move around the ice effortlessly.
McCoshen is also an intelligent player who interprets the game at a superior level, and that allows him to create and break up plays before they happen.
According to Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, McCoshen has promising upside as an all-around player.
McCoshen was an integral cog for a quality team in Waterloo. He is not a highlight-reel type of player, as he rarely makes great dekes or crushing hits, but he has a lot of good attributes. He projects as a two-way, tough minutes defenseman.
McCoshen is still young, so he could always develop a strong acumen in either offense or defense, but at this point he projects to be a solid all-around blueliner.
NHL Player Comparison
Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers. Like McDonagh, McCoshen is a solid two-way defender who plays important minutes, and he is a strong and agile skater with terrific hockey sense.
McCoshen has already committed to Boston College for the fall 2013 semester, and by taking the NCAA route, he can be expected to make his debut at the start of the 2015-16 season at the earliest.
Although McCoshen is comparable to McDonagh, he projects to be a top-four two-way defender who plays a strong all-around game. He doesn’t project to be a Norris-caliber defender at this point, but he will be a reliable all-situations defender that every team wants on their roster.