DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: 20 GP, 14 G, 8 A, 22 PTS
RANKING: 2nd, North American Skaters - Central Scouting
WHAT'S THE BUZZ:
"McTavish is not just big, he's also supremely talented. For a big player, he can skate, making him all the more dangerous. Add that to his good passing, shooting, hands and intelligence and you have a player that is the complete package offensively." -Frankie Benvenuti, The Hockey Writers
CUT TO THE CHASE:
Mason McTavish is a name all hockey fans should know especially at this year's draft. The second ranked North American skater is the full package. He brings size with his 6'1, 207 frame, skill with his solid hands and skating, and a powerful shot. In addition, he has a high hockey-IQ which allows him to make great decisions and read the ice well.
Due to the OHL suspending the 2020-21 season due to COVID, McTavish went overseas to play for Olten, a second-tier team in Switzerland. Through 13 games played, the center scored nine goals and had two assists for 11 points. In addition to playing overseas, McTavish represented Canada at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championships. In seven games for Canada, he scored five goals and had six assists for 11 points. Although McTavish had limited playing time most recently, he made the most of it, showing he had the offensive skills to score in two different leagues.
During his last pre-COVID season, McTavish had impressive numbers for Peterborough in the OHL. Throughout his 2019-20 campaign, the Zurich born player had 29 goals and 13 assists for 42 points in 57 games. Those numbers were McTavish's highest numbers to date in his career.
In addition to what he brings to the ice, some scouts have slated McTavish as a great character choice. One scout went on to say they expect the center to wear a letter for whatever team he plays for.
Between his skill on the ice and his character in the locker room, McTavish is a player you should expect to go in the first round of the 2021 Draft. Whichever team drafts the center will have a solid offensive player in their franchise that is a couple years out from being NHL ready.
DID YOU KNOW:
Hockey is a McTavish family affair. Mason's dad, Dale, played professional hockey in North America and Europe throughout his 14 year playing career. Mason's brother, Darian, most recently played in the CCHL, GOJHL and CCHL2 during the 2019-20 season.