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Fantasy Summary

William Whitelaw is a highly skilled and diverse offensive threat who remains very raw in his habits and consistency.


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June 2023 – Whitelaw was selected 66th overall by the Blue Jackets. Pat Quinn


February 2023 – William Whitelaw has a top 10 toolkit in the entire 2023 draft class, his skating, creativity, pace, and shooting are all high-end, and his playmaking isn’t far behind. His tools are far better than his point production would indicate. However, he is among the most inconsistent players in the class as well. He can quite easily be pushed to the perimeter and regularly shoots from low percentage positions when a pass would have been a far better play. His individualism has declined since the start of the season but it still has some way to go. His defensive game is also lacklustre, which is one of the many reasons he projects as a winger at the pro level, despite playing at center with Youngstown. Despite these issues, his ceiling is extremely high (though his floor is equally low) which makes him one of the most interesting case studies in this draft class. He represents a potential homerun swing in the second round, and a team with a development staff focused on instilling consistent pro habits into his game and building up his lower body strength to better withstand pressure could turn him into one of the most dynamic and skilled players to come out of the entire class. Sebastian High

April 2023 – Will Whitelaw is a shooter. He gained lots of traction after his breakout performance at the U18s and has been very good in his first full year with Youngstown. However, while there’s a ton to like about Whitelaw’s offensive game, he leaves a lot to be desired when looking at his overall game. He’s undersized, lacks impact in his own end, tries too much at times and has lots of bad giveaways. However, his best moments are incredible and his offensive ceiling ranks among the top in the draft. He’s quick, shifty, and has a ridiculous release and scoring ability. He’s a shot creator and will develop the discipline to take better shots as time goes on. The holes in his game could be exposed at the college level, but good coaching and development will be key. Evan Pace

Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 5, 2005
Height 5‘9”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Team Minnesota Brick Invitational6 3 36 4|        
 2018-2019 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA55 14 1428 42|        
 2019-2020 B14 - District 8 MNHP-143 4 26 -|        
  MN Bruins 15U AAAMNBEL 14U10 3 47 -|        
  MN Rangers 14U AAAMNBEL 14U4 2 02 -|        
  Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA58 31 5485 52|        
 2020-2021 Shattuck St. Mary's 18U PrepUSHS-Prep36 14 1931 24|        
  Shattuck St. Mary's 18U AAA18U AAA1 3 03 2|        
 2021-2022 Team Forest USA-S165 2 35 8|        
  Shattuck St. Mary's 18U PrepUSHS-Prep55 46 64110 46|        
  Youngstown PhantomsUSHL9 2 13 10|Playoffs2 1 01
  Shattuck St. Mary's 18U PrepPHC11 14 721 16|Playoffs2 3 25
  USA U17 (all)International-Jr4 6 511 6|        
 2022-2023 Team Forest USA-S174 0 00 0|        
  Youngstown PhantomsUSHL62 36 2561 90|Playoffs9 5 49 18 
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 2 24 0|        
 2023-2024 Univ. of WisconsinNCAA37 10 717 17|        
 2024-2025 Univ. of MichiganNCAA- - -- -|