MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: defenseman Thomas Harley.
| ||Date of birth: August 19, 2001 |
Birthplace: Syracuse, NY, USA
Weight: 188 lbs.
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 9
Final ranking, North American skaters: 11
|Season ||Team ||League ||Games played ||Goals ||Assists ||Points ||+/- |
|2018-19 ||CAN ||WJC-18 ||7 ||1 ||3 ||5 ||+2 |
|2018-19 ||Mississauga ||OHL ||68 ||11 ||47 ||58 ||-15 |
|2017-18 ||Mississauga ||OHL ||62 ||1 ||14 ||15 ||-1 |
Harley was the top-scoring Canadian defenseman at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship, with one goal and four points in seven games.
The Syracuse, NY native also enjoyed a successful campaign in the Ontario Hockey League this season. The Mississauga Steelheads rearguard finished eighth among OHLK defensemen with 11 goals and 58 points.
Harley was named the 2018-19 winner of the Bobby Smith trophy, presented annually to the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence.
"The 17-year-old left-shot defenseman stands 6-3, and at 188 pounds has a frame that should support added strength. He's an excellent two-way player with great skating ability, defends well with his stick and can carry the puck out of trouble or make a good pass out of the zone." - Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau
"He may have some defensive flaws, but with his size, reach and strong skating, Harley is brimming with potential." -Guillaume Lepage, NHL Central Scouting Bureau