DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: Brooks (AJHL), 8GP, 4G, 7A, 11 PTS; Canada (U18-WJ), 6GP, 1G, 7A, 8 PTS, +11
RANKING: 14th Ranked North American Skaters - Central Scouting
WHAT'S THE BUZZ
"Ceulemans has the opportunity to prove the high-end skill is real. The star of Ceuleman's game is his shot and the ability to activate off the point to fire it."
-Mitch Brown, EP Rinkside
CUT TO THE CHASE
Ceulemans is an offensive-driven defenseman who still needs to develop his skill sets. The defenseman is known as a strong skater who can control the speed of the game with the puck on his stick. However, there are some areas of his game that have prospect analysts divided on where to rank him.
Several analysts are concerned about the prospect's aggression partnered with inconsistent decision making. As a result, Ceulemans needs to improve on thinking quickly in game situations and making the right play. In addition, the majority of profiles and reports want to see the defenseman become stronger with the defensive side of his game, to match what he can bring offensively to a team.
Since Ceulemans most recently played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the Brooks Bandits, those watching his game are looking forward to how he fares in a different and more competitive environment. In his eight games this past season with the Bandits, the 6-foot-2 prospect had four goals and seven assists for 11 points.
Ceulemans also had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Under-18 World Championship. Through his time representing his country, he had eight points and a plus-11 through six games. With seven assists, Ceulemans was second out of all players in the tournament when it came to helpers. Ceulemans team also came home with gold medals and their country's fourth title in tournament history.
What's next for the prospect following the draft? The defenseman will head to the University of Wisconsin where he will learn from former NHL players Tony Granato and Mark Osiecki. Ceulemans will have the opportunity to improve his game with one of the top college hockey teams in the U.S.
DID YOU KNOW?
When Ceulemans attends the University of Wisconsin in the fall, he'll learn from a former member of the Devils organization. Associate head coach Mark Strobel played for the Albany River Rats (AHL) and Raleigh Icecaps (ECHL) for two years.