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Fantasy Summary

Goal-scoring, two-way center with great compete and intensity. Needs to get comfortable slowing the pace of the game and to develop consistency, but could top out as a top-six forward.


Observations

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July 2022 – With the final pick in round three the New York Rangers selected McConnell-Barker 97th overall. Pat Quinn

 

May 2022 – McConnell-Barker has had a see-saw season with the Soo Greyhounds, ending his rookie season with 23 goals and 49 points in 68 games for the OHL team. He added a goal and four assists in 10 playoff matches as his team fell short in the second round to the Flint Firebirds.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward is almost always going full-throttle. That’s often a good thing, but can sometimes turn into a negative when the play requires a change of pace or a release of pressure. When it works, McConnell-Barker looks unstoppable, but he’ll occasionally chase down a play or try to push through bodies without much certainty or effectiveness. It’s a sign of tunnel-vision, something that’s rectifiable by video coaching. The foundations of McConnell-Barker’s game reside in his pace of play and his goal-scoring touch. He possesses a whippy, short release which is fairly well-masked and can beat netminders from short- to mid-range. He can also find and create seams pretty well. The overall package with this prospect is alluring, but some tweaks are required in order to maximize that top-six upside. With enough time and patience, though, it’s entirely possible, which makes McConnell-Barker a great second-round pick-up for a team looking to add some goals to their pipeline. Hadi Kalakeche

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 4, 2004
Height 6‘1”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 3; Overall: 97

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 London Jr. Knights U15 AAAALLIANCE U15- - -- -|        
  London Jr. Knights U16 AAAALLIANCE U162 0 33 0|        
  Draftday Selects U15 WSI U159 2 35 2|        
 2019-2020 London Jr. Knights U16 AAAALLIANCE U1633 29 1948 10|Playoffs9 6 28
  Komoka KingsGOJHL6 3 36 0|Playoffs3 0 11 10 
 2020-2021 Soo GreyhoundsOHL0 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Soo GreyhoundsOHL68 23 2649 14|Playoffs10 1 45
 2022-2023 Soo Greyhounds