Prospect Ramblings: Rising Prospects heading into the 2016 NHL Draft

Peter Harling

2016-05-06

Cam Dineen of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Cam Dineen of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Welcome back to my weekly Prospects Ramblings column! This week I’ll look at some of the big risers in the NHL Central Scouting final rankings.

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While the European rankings remained relatively stable, the North American saw a few major jumps from the mid-terms rankings in January.

Adam MascherinMost notably, although not quite as celebrated, North Bay Battalion defender Cam Dineen (2016) made a massive move up the rankings. Slotted at 117th of North American Skaters at mid-term, Dineen now finds himself positioned at a far more attractive position of 39th – ahead of such notables as Adam Mascherin, Will Bitten, and Simon Stransky. While it certainly does not guarantee draft position, this type of a rise up the meter is certain to bring a smile to the young mans face.

The most productive of North Bay’s defence corps, Dineen is a defender who relies on his mobility and his skill in driving the play. Though lacking in size and strength, as he struggles to win battles in the corner, the New Jersey native displays sound positioning in his own end. This is encouraging – while he can add strength to his 5-11 frame