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Fantasy Summary

Powerful goalscoring winger who features high-end shooting ability. Needs to continue to round out his game but has the potential to be a big-time scorer in the NHL.


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September 2022 – Colby Barlow was a unique player in the OHL last season, and the same will be true this season. He’s a skilled goalscorer with raw power and an absolute cannon of a shot. That alone will get NHL GMs salivating, and he’s my early bet for  “guy who gets drafted quite a bit earlier than most public boards have him ranked.” This isn’t to say that Barlow shouldn’t be a high draft pick, he most definitely should be, but he lacks the pure skill and upside of the players we have ranked in our preliminary top-10. Despite this, Barlow has genuine 30-goal NHL upside with the right development. His shot is absurd. The mechanics aren’t the most refined, but the power he generates on his wrist and snap shots in the blink of an eye is mind-boggling. Barlow doesn’t get into shooting positions by taking calculated off-puck routes and playing inside defenders’ blindspots like Calum Ritchie does but he powers his way to the high slot with or without the puck and unleashes his shot – a habit and ability which awarded him 30 goals in the OHL as a draft-1 player.

Beyond the goalscoring and power, Barlow can achieve an impressive speed with some runway. His skating mechanics are upright and inefficient, which impacts his acceleration, but his power allows him to hit a high tempo regardless. Defensively, Barlow flashes physical involvement but gets caught puck watching more than you’d like, and off-puck scanning appears to be a chore that he constantly needs to remind himself to do. If Barlow learns to pass the puck more regularly offensively, he will be a far more effective player as his extreme tendency to shoot (and failure to spot open teammates in high-danger areas) limits his effectiveness. Barlow’s tools are very impressive, but he needs quite a bit of development to round out his game beyond his scoring ability and power. Sebastian High

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 14, 2005
Height 6‘1”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Toronto BulldogsBrick Invitational6 4 48 4|Playoffs3 4 04
 2018-2019 Toronto Marlboros U14 AAAGTHL U14- - -- -|        
 2019-2020 Toronto Marlboros U15 AAAGTHL U1534 23 2447 48|        
 2020-2021 Toronto Marlboros U16 AAAGTHL U160 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Owen Sound AttackOHL59 30 1747 18|Playoffs7 5 16
 2022-2023 Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 2 35 2|        
  Owen Sound AttackOHL2 1 01 0|        

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