Patrick Charbonneau, the director of Central Scouting with the QMJHL, provided scouting reports to Metro on Nova Scotians ranked in the first round for Saturday’s draft, as well as Halifax-area prospects ranked in the top five rounds (listed with position, height, weight and major midget team).
6. F Taylor Burke, 6-0, 190, Cole Harbour. Best forward from the Maritimes … Extremely strong skater … Loves to score goals from the slot … Imposing physique … Dominates in corners.
7. F Liam O’Brien, 6-1, 184, Notre Dame. Complete two-way player … Strong skater … Forechecks hard and finishes checks … Best work ethic of anybody ranked in the top seven.
10. F Brent Turnbull, 6-0, 177, Pictou Weeks. Could become a dominating power forward … Excellent skater for his size … Has a hard shot and natural finish … Drives the net with force.
18. G Jacob Brennan, 6-0, 158, Halifax. Always at the top of his crease, challenging shooters … Wants to play NCAA … His determination to stop the puck is second to none.
28. D Brendan Duke, 5-11, 187, Cole Harbour. Efficient defensive defenceman … Makes a good first pass … Not shy physically.
29. F Michael Clarke, 5-11, 187, Cole Harbour. Among the most talented Maritimers available … Skating a weakness … Boasts a pro shot.
41. F Ryan Penny, 6-0, 174, Dartmouth. Good skater with good size … Likes physical play … Goes into traffic to score.
46. F Devon Oliver-Dares, 5-11, 176, Dartmouth. North-south winger … Needs to play a physical game more consistently.
61. D Mitchell Shewfelt, 5-9, 172, Dartmouth. Small stature, big game … Finished at the top of the list in Central Scouting’s physical tests … Wins 1-on-1 battles … Puck-mover with a hard shot.
72. F Mark Tremaine, 5-11, 182, Dartmouth. Defensive-minded forward … Plays a power game but limited offensively.
77. F Brandon Boutilier, 5-10, 161, Halifax. One of most combative players in the draft … Dominates along the boards … Good skater and two-way player.