Has the makings of a prototypical power forward just needs to clean up some skating deficiencies. Will have plenty of time to develop at Michigan Tech.
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October 2020- Arizona drafted the potential future power forward Carson Bantle in the fifth-round, 142nd overall of the 2020 NHL Draft. Never drafted into the USHL, Bantle made the Madison Capitols on a tryout, finishing his rookie year, 2018-19, with 10 goals and 20 points in 62 games. He exploded last season though, finishing with 20 goals and 49 points in 49 games, good for 12th in overall scoring for the USHL. Bantle began the year as an alternate captain but was promoted to team captain during the campaign- a pretty impressive feat for a kid that wasn’t even drafted. At 6-4 and 201 lbs, Bantle took over shifts, using his size to overpower opponents. He has an impressive and accurate shot while also being a pretty good stickhandler in tight. Barreling down the wing, Bantle was almost impossible to stop some nights, defenseman bouncing off him. His skating isn’t bad but Bantle’s technique and stride with have to improve to make it at the next level. Lacks that first step explosion and top gear but still succeeded in the USHL due to his size and skill. Definitely a long term project who has some raw skill to go along with size and strength but will have to clean up his skating deficiencies. He’ll have plenty of time to develop in college, as Bantle is already enrolled at Michigan Tech, awaiting the 2020-21 season to start. Keith Duggan