NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. Maguire
Strengths: He is the new breed offensive defenseman who jumps up into the rush effectively; he either follows up a rush to add a second dimension or there are times that he is capable of leading the rush himself. As an offensive defenseman, he is prototypical.
Areas to Improve: He needs to improve on the defensive coverage side of the game because he is an offensive defenseman, who, is looking to jump up into the rush and is looking offense first.
Outlook: Initially, he projects to be an offensive specialist, but as he gains more experience, as he has done in junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals, he’ll become more of an all-around defenseman.
Oshawa head coach Chris DePiero
“Michael is a very skilled skater, puck handler, and shooter. He can be a physical presence who will be an asset to any team’s power-play. He continues to improve defensively on a daily basis.”
Oshawa GM Brad Selwood
“He is just poised way beyond his years. He fit right in from Day 1. Last year when we first saw him, even in the exhibition games, you’d think he was 20-years-old. You’d have to rub your eyes and say; ‘Wow, who is that kid?’ He’s so poised and so good with the puck . . . he loves to pass the puck, and he’s very good at it. Everything’s hard and crisp and on the stick.”