I really like this pick.
Here is a juicy write-up, so I won't quote the whole thing: 2014 NHL Draft Profile #52: Jacob Middleton - Last Word On Sports
At 6’4″ tall Jacob Middleton has the ideal size that NHL teams are looking and has surely caught many scouts eyes ahead of the 2014 NHL draft. He makes full use of that size as he plays the game tough, throwing big hits, playing mean, clearing the front of the net, and being aggressive in the corners. He has also shown the ability to fight and is willing to stick up for teammates. His positioning is good in his own zone, and a long stick and big frame help Middleton to cut down on passing and shooting lanes.
Middleton shows great mobility for his size. He is a decent skater, with decent speed in both directions and solid acceleration. He shows very good edgework and agility for a a big man, allowing him to change directions quickly and cover a lot of ice. This agility, and edgework allows him to adjust and throw particularly big hits against on-rushing forwards. He is strong on his skates and has great balance which helps in the battles in front of the net and in the corners.
Offensively, Middleton shows good vision and a strong passing game. He doesn’t lead the rush often, but he can skate the puck out of danger in his zone, and then make a good first pass to start the transition. In the offensive zone, he is also adept at setting up teammates. His point shot lacks some power for a 6’4″ defender, and could also use more accuracy and this is what really holds him back from being a big time point producer from the point.
ISS has him number 2 in the most underrated category. And number 5 in the top stay at home Dman category.
More scouting goodness: NHL Draft War Room: Jacob Middleton
Articles: OTTAWA 67
Mental, physical toughness define Jacob Middleton's game - 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014
Originally Posted by NHL.com
Size/Strength ............Very Good
Puck Skills ................Good
Offensive Play ,,,,,,,,,,,,Average
Defensive Play ,,,,,,,,,,Very Good
Physical Play ............Good
Hockey Sense ...........Very Good
1. Two-way awareness & Game sense
2. Mobility for size
3. Ability to control lanes and space
1. Offensive upside is inconsistent
2. Continue to build on frame
Still looking for his turn ons and turn offs.