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Mark Scheifele: I think Scheifele makes for a nice feel-good draft story. A lot of it mirrors what we saw with Ryan Johansen last year at the Draft.
He was drafted into Major Junior when he was much smaller and much thinner. He fell to around the 140-150 point in the OHL draft and then he took over as the top centre on a young team. But to me, Scheifele is closer to Ryan Martindale last year. He's got some good skill, but you'd like to see a guy of his size engage more. As scouts were fond of saying of Martindale last year, "He always seems to play well when I'm not there."
Daniel Catenacci: The former No. 1 overall pick in the OHL has some very obvious attributes. He's quick and he's very creative. He's not big and he never will be. There's room, I think, for Catenacci to carve out a pro role of something similar to Kris Versteeg. Both are smaller guys with a little swagger and great hands who have a tendency to over-handle the puck.
Vincent Trocheck: I have no doubt that Vincent Trocheck will, at some point, crack the NHL. Watching him in the OHL playoffs last year, I was struck immediately with how hard this kid works on every shift. Trocheck's puck pursuit is absolutely tremendous and he mixes it up physically. The kid works hard to make people forget his size.
Shane Prince: Prince and Catenacci are very similar prospects, with Prince the more chippy. The Ottawa 67s centre is getting his first real chance to perform in an offensive role during his OHL tenure and he is more than taking advantage of it. He's a capable penalty killer who can generate offence with his speed and hands. More than a few scouts, though, will question if the extent of his offensive explosion isn't perhaps a product of line-mates Tyler Toffoli and Ryan Martindale.
Lucas Lessio: Lessio's saga this year only added to the intrigue of his OHL story to this point. Originally drafted by the Niagara Ice Dogs, Lessio committed to the University of Michigan and played last year for the St. Michael's Buzzers of Tier Two.
After ripping up Tier Two as a 16-year-old, Lessio started very slow. This was a kid that some compared to Rick Nash in his OHL Draft year. But the power forward has come around very well lately. With 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in his last eight games, Lessio's challenge in the second half will be to develop consistency.