Weight: 192 lbs.
Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Central Scouting: 31st among North American skaters
Conner Bleackley - Pro Puck Prospects - The #1 Guide to the NHL DraftBut what Bleackley really wants is to be a guy that other players hate to play against. Whether he is grinding down low to create some offense or getting back to disrupt a play in his own zone, he wants opposition to rue the times he is on the ice. And after being named captain for this season, he can take more than a lead by example approach.
Conner Bleackley Draft Report | The Scouting ReportBleackley is quickly becoming one of those players who you leaves an impression on you every time you leave the rink. The 17-year-old High River, Alta. native has a very high talent level and seems to always be around the puck making things happen. Bleackley won't run over any defense but he plays a gritty game and is not afraid of being hit or going into the dirty areas of the ice to create offense. The 6-foot, 200 pound centre has taken on a much larger role with the Rebels this season and has shown in the early juncture that he is more than capable of producing in a top line role.
This is a very likeable prospect and very enjoyable to watch. To me, he is one of the most complete prospects I’ve seen recently. He boasts very good top end speed and hustle, strong edgework, a good shot, and terrific two way hockey sense and discipline. Already sporting a “C” on his jersey as an 18 year-old, he has a lot of intangibles which should draw a lot of attention for him.
He plays very much like Jeff Carter to me, minus a few inches in height. He shows great anticipation in breaking up passes, while using speed and a wrist shot on the offense to make plays happen. This is not a suggestion of upside, mind you, but more of a comparison in styles of play.
WHL Regular: 71 GP, 29g, 39a, 68 pts, 48 PIM, +3
WHL Tie-break: 1 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, -2
WJC U-18: 7 GP, 1g, 1a, 2 pts, 4 PIM, +0