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.
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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
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