Jimmy Lodge Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Saginaw Spirit

Photo credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images

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.

Jimmy Lodge
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:

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

Defenseman

Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds

Nikita Zadorov – London Knights

Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack

Jordan Subban – Belleville Bulls

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