The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is 17 days away and the Wild are looking to find that next NHL star to raise their franchise to the next level. Hockey Wilderness is counting down the days with a daily mock draft. We are at pick number 14 today
The Stars were finally back in the post-season in 2014 and their young group that includes Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin, and Jaime Benn is proving to be dynamic. Even 21-year veteran and 42 year old Ray Whitney was able to contribute 32 point this season. Outside of Eakin and Seguin, the Stars' prospect pool of pivots leaves more to be desired. McCann would be a major upgrade, and one they could count on almost right away in a versatile defensive role. For coach Lindy Ruff, a two-way center would be very helpful.
The Sault St. Marie Greyhound has leadership qualities at both ends of the ice. Eldon McDonald and Chris Ralph of The Hockey Writers had this to say about him:
- Skills - Top-end speed, impressive, acceleration, lethal wrist shot, high-end dangle.
- Work ethic - Top-notch in all zones, a battler, a dog after the puck.
- Vision - Reads the game well, makes the players around him look better.
- Defense - Two way player with top end back-checking and PK skills. A student of the game, he also excels in all the little details.
- Size - He is not nearly as physically developed as most of his North American peers at the top end of the draft so that could affect his draft standing a bit.
McCann was a part of the Canadian team that won Gold at both the Ivan Hlinka and the U-18 WJC's. He wears the number 19 because his favorite player, and the way he models his game after, is Jonathan Toews. While not a flashy player, Jared McCann is the type of player that possesses good size and can make plays with the puck. That, and flashy isn't what the kids of Dallas need right now. He also has good speed that only helps him with his ability to play in both ends.
The Stratford, Ontario native has scored every place he's been. He scored 173 points on his midget squad and last season finished with 62 points in 64 games for a rate of 0.97 Points Per Game. He measures at 6'1" 176 pounds with a left-handed shot.
How would he fit in with the Wild?
His two-way capability is always great on many teams. However, that seems like that's all the Wild draft and it shows in their pool of prospects. I would rather have the Wild select someone with a bit more scoring prowess, but McCann fits the mold of what the Wild like to see in a prospect.