Prospects Ramblings: Quinton Byfield Top Pick in OHL Draft, AHL and NCAA updates.

Peter Harling

2018-04-09

With the NHL season all wrapped up, the focus is fully on the playoffs. The NHL is a little late to the party as most of the other leagues have already begun their post seasons, weeks ago in some cases.

On Sunday our Senior Associate Editor Hayden penned a great ramblings looking at NHL Prospects in the Playoffs and he goes over all 16 teams in the playoffs and some likely prospects to get some playing time. This is a great read for scouting next years fantasy draft, or if you are doing a playoff pool.

I tend to look a little deeper and focus more of my attention on players outside the NHL for those of you in deeper leagues. So lets dig a little deeper…

Saturday the OHL held its Priority Selection Draft. The Sudbury Wolves held the top overall selection and made center Quinton Byfield the Jack Ferguson Award winner. Byfield is a massive 6-4 203 pound 15-year-old. It is scary to think he may not yet be done growing! I can’t help but think of Eric Lindros comparisons. Byfield is big, strong, skilled and perhaps most importantly a good skater with speed. Here is a great video of his player profile by the OHL

2018 OHL Priority Selection Profile: Quinton Byfield

Byfield is eligible for the 2020 and will be a OHL rookie next year. In the above video, OHL Director of Central Scouting Darrell Woodley states he expects Byfield to step into a top six role in Sudbury next year and make an immediate impact.

If you want to review the entire OHL Draft you can do so here.

A great resource is the OHL Draft Media Guide for a short review and scouting report on all the top players. Here is what they had to say about Byfield

SCOUTING REPORT:

Quinton is the type of player that doesn’t

come around very often. At nearly 6’4” and over 200lbs, he is an

intimidating presence on the ice. He has an exceptionally high skill

level and can do things with a puck that not many players his age

or size can do. He is very creative with the puck on his stick and

isn’t afraid to try and beat any defender. He is very hard to handle

in open ice as he is agile on his skates and uses his edges effectively. Quinton has a cannon for a shot and can shoot in mid-stride.

 

Byfield is also an early favorite for the first overall in the 202o Draft and will be competing with QMJHL sensation Alexis Lafreniere who is in his rookie season already as a 16-year-old. He is eligible for the 20202 draft because his late birthday of October 11