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Fantasy Summary

Parekh’s game is one of dynamism, creativity, and surgical precision in his activations from the point, he is among the most skilled blueliners that Canada has produced since Cale Makar.


Observations

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November 2023 – Zayne Parekh is the most dynamic defenseman in this year’s draft class. His offensive game is so advanced as he’s always got a plan when the puck is on his stick. Parekh is the king of deception and misdirection as he will line up his eyesight and hips in one direction getting opponents to chase in that direction before flipping his hips fluidly and cutting up or cutting back against the grain unevaded to the net. Parekh is an excellent passer and playmaker and works the give-and-go to a high level. To top things off, Parekh is a gifted goal scorer who can rip the puck past OHL goalies. At times he can be a bit too smooth to the point where it becomes lackadaisical with the puck. This results in throwing soft no-look passes directly to the other team or allowing the puck to fall off his stick as he wasn’t careful enough with it. Defensively, Parekh is aggressive and effectively breaking up passes through the neutral zone. He times his pinches well forcing turnovers that he can immediately convert to offensive chances. He’s improved as a defender against the rush, but in his own zone you’d like to see be a bit harder. Overall, the excellent skating and offensive instincts and traits are incredibly valuable that you will accept some of the warts with his game because the good is too rare to find elsewhere. Jordan Harris (November Rankings: 4th overall)

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 15, 2023
Height 6‘0”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Toronto BulldogsBrick Invitational6 1 23 4|Playoffs3 0 11
 2015-2016 Toronto BulldogsBrick Invitational6 0 33 0|Playoffs2 1 12
 2016-2017 Pro Hockey Selects U12WSI U126 2 02 2|        
 2017-2018 Pro Hockey Selects U13WSI U136 0 22 -|        
 2018-2019 Pro Hockey Selects U14WSI U146 1 23 -|        
 2019-2020 Toronto Jr. Canadiens U15 AAAGTHL U1531 4 711 24|        
 2020-2021 Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 AAAGTHL U160 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Markham Majors U16 AAAGTHL U1623 8 1321 16|        
  Markham Majors U16 AAAOHL Cup6 3 58 4|        
  North York RangersOJHL2 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
 2022-2023 Saginaw SpiritOHL50 21 1637 32|Playoffs11 6 39 14 
  Canada Black U17WHC-177 3 25 4|        
 2023-2024 Saginaw SpiritOHL66 33 6396 64|Playoffs6 2 46
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 33 0|        

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