Jimmy Lodge Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Saginaw Spirit
Photo credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images
By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is less than one month 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, Jimmy Lodge, of the Saginaw Spirit.
Age – 18
Position – Center/Right Wing
Height – 6′ 2″
Weight – 165
Draft Projection: Early-to-mid 2nd round
OHL Team: Saginaw Spirit
2013 Regular Season Stats: 28 goals, 39 assists, 67 points, +4, 28PIM, 64 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 1 goals, 2 assists, 3 points, -4, 7PIM, 4 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Poor man’s Patrick Kane
Upside – 8/10
Strengths – Jimmy Lodge is a very good skater who accelerates quickly and has a high top end speed. He can skate up and down the ice in a very short period of team and makes it look effortless. Lodge has excellent vision and a high hockey IQ which allows him to read defenses and react accordingly at a fast pace. He’s a very good passer who can complete a variety of difficult passes with ease. He has a lot of finesse and touch to put the puck in places not many players can. Lodge is an underrated goal scorer, too, as he does have some finishing ability. He’s a good puck handler and is very creative in the offensive zone which makes him tough to defend as he’s unpredictable.
Weaknesses – First and foremost, Lodge has some filling out to do. He can be knocked off the puck too easily at times and adding some weight would really help him when it comes to controlling the puck and battles along the boards. Lodge needs to be more positionally sound and aware in the defensive zone. At times he cheats out of the zone and the opposing team generates chances because of it.
Career Projection – Lodge has the hockey IQ, speed, agility and puck skills to be a solid top-6 winger at the pro level. If he can put on some weight and continues to develop as he should, the sky is the limit.
2013 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:
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
Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds
Nikita Zadorov – London Knights
Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack
Jordan Subban – Belleville Bulls
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