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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Thomas Harley

The defenseman won the OHL's Bobby Smith trophy this season

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

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.

Player profile

Date of birth: August 19, 2001
Birthplace: Syracuse, NY, USA
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Defenseman
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 9
Final ranking, North American skaters: 11

Stats

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.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Philip Tomasino (@OHLIceDogs) feeds a pinching Thomas Harley (@OHLSteelheads) for @HC_Men's third goal of the game. #U18Worlds 🇨 pic.twitter.com/uZ4tcoC6Y2

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. 

Expert opinion

"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

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