Erik Bradford Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Barrie Colts

Photo credit: Mike Carroccetto / Ottawa Citizen

Photo credit: Mike Carroccetto / Ottawa Citizen

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is less than two weeks away. As we inch closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.

Here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible forward, Erik Bradford, of the Barrie Colts.

Erik Bradford
Age – 18
Position – Center
Height – 5′ 11″
Weight – 181
Draft Projection: Mid round pick
OHL Team: Barrie Colts
2013 Regular Season Stats: 18 goals, 15 assists, 33 points, +8, 46PIM, 68 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points, -1, 14PIM, 22 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Frans Nielsen, Dave Bolland, Patrice Bergeron
Upside – 7/10

Strengths – Erik Bradford is one of the best defensive forwards in this year’s class. His attention to detail is second to none. He’s always in position defensively and never cheats outside the zone. Dale Hawerchuk gave him tough assignments against the opposition’s top players all season long and even more so in the playoffs and Bradford was always up the task. He back checks extremely hard, rarely gets outworked and will do whatever he can to help the team win. He’ll block shots and battle for every inch of the ice. Bradford has a very active stick, as well, and is more than willing to compete for loose pucks on the boards regardless of who he’s going up against. He’s also an excellent faceoff man. Offensively, Bradford made some big strides this season. He really gained a lot of confidence with the puck and showed the ability to create offense when given opportunities. He’s a good skater, is extremely smart and puts himself in good positions to make plays. Bradford started to play with some more edge this past season, too, and overall is turning out to be a nice prospect.

Weaknesses – Bradford can chip in here and there, but he isn’t expected to be much of an offensive player in the next level. That’s not really a knock on him, though, as he understands his role and does an excellent job of sticking to it. As I said, he’ll chip in here and there but he doesn’t go out and try to be an offensive dynamo. Bradford would benefit from bulking up a bit, as well, to help him gain strength and win more battles on the boards, etc. That should come with time.

Career Projection – Given Bradford’s excellent defensive abilities, hockey IQ, work ethic, etc. Bradford projects to be a good 3rd line center who can play on the top penalty kill unit.

2013 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Forwards

Sean Monahan – Ottawa 67′s

Max Domi – London Knights

Bo Horvat – London Knights

Ryan Hartman – Plymouth Whalers

Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm

Kerby Rychel – Windsor Spitfires

Jimmy Lodge – Saginaw Spirit

Justin Bailey – Kitchener Rangers

Ryan Kujawinski – Kingston Frontenacs

Zach Nastasiuk – Owen Sound Attack

Defenseman

Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds

Nikita Zadorov – London Knights

Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack

Jordan Subban – Belleville Bulls

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