Brett Pollock Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Edmonton Oil Kings

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Photo credit: CHL Images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Brett Pollock
Age – 18
Position – Center/Left Wing
Height – 6′2″
Weight – 185
Draft Projection: 30-45
OHL Team: Edmonton Oil Kings
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 25 goals, 30 assists, 55 points, +18, 36PIMs, 71 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 11 goals, 8 assists, 19 points, 21 games played
Stylistic NHL Comparable(s) – Gabriel Landeskog
Upside – 7/10

Strengths – Pollock is a power forward who excels when cycling the puck and generating offense from down low. He’s strong on the puck, and does a good job of protecting it. Pollock wins his fair share of battles along the wall, and likes to take the puck to the net and cause havoc in front. Pollock has a good wrist shot that’s very heavy, so he can do damage from a distance as well. He’s a physical guy who likes to get in on the forecheck, finish his checks and wear you down, but he’s smart and doesn’t take many bad penalties. His skating is more than adequate for a player his size, and he generates good speed going north south. He back checks hard, and does a good job of forcing turnovers in the neutral zone. Pollock has shown good hands at times, and sees the ice well. He’s more creative than he gets credit for, and I think he is an underrated playmaker.

Weaknesses – Pollock’s skating is good for his size, but he could use some more explosiveness in his stride. If he were able to generate a little more speed in his first three steps, I think it’d help him with his neutral zone play and on the rush. Pollock forces passes when pressured in the offensive zone at times, as he’ll throw it at a covered teammate to get rid of it. He does this most frequently when breaking off a cycle and driving towards the middle of the ice. If he’s contested or a shot isn’t there, he tends to turn it over a little too frequently.

Career Projection – Pollock projects to be a middle-six forward, who can chip in offensively and contribute on the power play. He’s best in the cycle game and around the net.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Centers

Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion

Wingers

Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nick Ritchie – Peterborough Petes

Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia Sting 

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Roland McKeown – Kingston Frontenacs

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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