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Fantasy Summary

An offensive blueliner who throws caution to the wind to create offensively. There will be some reigning in needed but the tools should intrigue any team that thinks they can reign the free-wheeling blueliner.


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November 2022 – After going pointless in the first three games with the Wisconsin Badgers, Ceulemans has begun to find his form registering seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games, which currently leads the team. He led the Badgers in scoring as a defenseman last year, registering 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 34 games, but was a disappointing minus-12. This season however, he is a plus-3, which demonstrates some much needed improvement in his defensive play. Mark Dubreuil

July 2021 – Ceulemans was selected in the first round, 25th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

February 2021 – Corson Ceulemans is an offensive defenseman who loves to get up in the play and create offensively for the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL. His raw tools are enticing as he boasts a mobile 6’2″ frame and has filled it out quite well to this point. Ceulemans has a good, strong stride that powers him up ice and he has well above-average puck skills which allow for him to deke and maneuver his way through the neutral zone. He is able to make good breakout passes when he needs to but excels when carrying the puck on his stick. In the offensive zone, he is at his best when he is able to work himself open and get pucks on net. He stays mobile along the blueline and does a good job of changing the angle most of the time, opening passing and shooting lanes. He is a good powerplay quarterback who can move the puck to his teammates and likes to take chances by attacking the slot himself. He has a good shot and he isn’t shy to use it. Many of the concerns about Corson Ceulemans game come from the fact that he plays in the AJHL and he struggles defensively. The AJHL isn’t the best league for the development of projectable skills in most years and this year is no different. There have been a lot of comparisons to former AJHL star Cale Makar who hailed from the same organization but those are unfair and a bit unrealistic. The game Makar plays is truly special and isn’t likely to be replicated, even from a defender from the same team who has produced at roughly the same rates up to their draft years. Ceulemans has a lot of raw talent and if he can develop a bit better defensive awareness and reign some of his offensive aggression in, he very well could be a solid NHL defender who can run a powerplay. The ceiling isn’t quite Makar, but he certainly brings some upside and intrigue to the 2021 NHL Draft. Tony Ferrari 

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 5, 2003
Height 6‘2”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 1; Overall: 25

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Pro Hockey Selects U13WSI U139 1 23 2|        
 2016-2017 Leduc Oil Kings U15 AAAAEHL U1534 9 1221 55|        
 2017-2018 OHA Edmonton U15 PrepCSSHL U1530 8 2331 16|Playoffs5 0 77
  OHA Edmonton U15 PrepJohn Reid Bantam5 4 26 10|        
  Team Northeast Alberta Cup5 3 25 6|        
  Western Canada Selects U15WSI U158 1 12 2|        
 2018-2019 OHA Edmonton U18 PrepCSSHL U1830 13 1629 53|Playoffs5 1