Eric Cornel Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Peterborough Petes

Photo credit: Aaron Bell |OHL Images

Photo credit: Aaron Bell |OHL Images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Eric Cornel
Age – 18
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6′2″
Weight – 185
Draft Projection: Early-to-mid 2nd round
OHL Team: Peterborough Petes
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 25 goals, 37 assists, 62 points, +2, 25PIMs, 68 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 points, 11 games played
Stylistic NHL Comparable(s) – Eric Staal, Travis Zajac
Upside – 7/10

Strengths – Eric Cornel is a big winger who possesses good playmaking ability and can pot goals himself when given the opportunity. He has a powerful shot that’s pretty accurate, and though he’s a playmaker, he doesn’t shy away from using his shot. Cornel is a good skater for a player of his stature, and he generates good speed in his first three steps. Going north south he picks up speed relatively quick, and his top speed is fairly high. Cornel sees the ice very well, and hits open targets all over the ice with his good passing ability. Cornel is a center converted winger who seemed to benefit a lot from the switch. Playing on the wing, he can use his speed more effectively by avoiding traffic, and if he shifts his body a little the whole ice is right before his eyes, which helps him when trying to create scoring chances for his teammates. Cornel is strong on the puck, and does a good job using his big frame to protect it. He’s good in the cycle game, and isn’t afraid to crash the net to screen opposing goaltenders or pounce on rebounds. Cornel is still growing into his body, and he seemed to play with more edge as the season progressed. Defensively, he is steadily improving. He’s usually in position, and regularly comes back to help his defense and give them an outlet.

Weaknesses – While Cornel is fine in his own zone, he could still use a little bit of seasoning in that aspect. He also forces plays with the puck at times, but he seemed to do that less frequently towards the end of the year. If he puts on some weight and continues to be committed to playing a 200-foot game, he’ll be fine.

Career Projection – Cornel projects to be a top-6 winger winger who can play on the power play, and perhaps the penalty kill as well.

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

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

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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