Mads Eller Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo credit: Evan Buhler | Edmonton Journal

Photo credit: Evan Buhler | Edmonton Journal

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Mads Eller
Age – 18* (2nd year eligible)
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6′1″
Weight – 195
Draft Projection: Late rounds
OHL Team: Edmonton Oil Kings
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 8 goals, 15 assists, 23 points, +19, 54PIMs, 54 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points, 21 games played
Stylistic NHL Comparable(s) – Lars Eller, Vladimir Sobotka
Upside – 6/10

Strengths – Mads Eller is one of the hardest working, most responsible players in this draft class. He loves to get in on the forecheck, finishes his checks and he hits hard. Even if he’s unable to make contact, his closing speed forces opposing teams to turn back and reset their offense regularly. He has big, powerful, explosive strides and reaches high speeds in a hurry. His neutral zone positioning is excellent, as he always contests oncoming players and never allows easy entries into the zone. This leads to a lot of turnovers where he can grab the puck and drive it up ice the other way. Eller knows where to be on the ice, and always back checks hard, even at the end of long shifts. He’s always in position to be an outlet for his teammates in the defensive zone. With the puck on his stick, he’s a good passer and does a good job finding lanes to get pucks to his teammates. Eller is excellent along the boards and in the cycle game. He’s very strong on his skates and does a good job of protecting the puck. Eller’s not afraid to drive the net hard, and is tough to move once he’s there. He’s a very smart player who rarely turns the puck over. Though he plays a physical game, he rarely gets sucked into bad penalties and doesn’t retaliate when opposing players try and initiate after the whistle. He’ll never be a big scorer, but I think he has some untapped offensive potential and in a larger role next season he should be able to produce more.

Weaknesses – Eller is pretty well rounded, but there’s not a ton of offense in his game. There’s no stand out skills to rely on offensively, so I don’t think he’ll be a big point producer at the NHL level. If he accepts his role and sticks to the things that make him effective, he’ll be fine.

Career Projection – Eller projects to be a bottom-6 forward who can chip in offensively here and there, drive possession and take a regular shift on a penalty killing unit.

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

Brendan Lemieux – Barrie Colts

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – 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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