Mononucleosis might’ve turned Colin White into one of the 2015 NHL Draft’s biggest sleepers.
White, a member of the United States National Under-18 Team Development Program, finished sixth in team scoring while battling both mono and a wrist injury that limited his ability.
And it might have overshadowed his on-ice performance.
"When I'm talking about [White], there's no doubt in my mind this kid is one heck of a hockey player," Under-18 coach Don Granato told NHL.com. "He's going to be a great pro player. The details you need at the professional level, he has. He does them naturally. He competes naturally. I don't care if he had 100 points, that doesn't make anybody better than anybody else at this level. It might make him only better at this level. It has no bearing on the future.
"The detail in his game, the way he focuses on game plan execution, on hockey concepts… His numbers, hey everybody's numbers could be higher, but his performance has been exceptional. And as a coach who's coached at those next levels, the appreciation I have for what he does far exceeds any point accumulation. To me he's done an unbelievable job."
Team USA would agree.
White scored the gold medal-clinching goal in overtime at the 2015 Under-18 Championship to lift the Americans over Finland for its sixth title in seven years. He finished the tournament with six goals and nine points in seven games, including a hat-trick against Canada in the semifinal.
Born: January 30, 1997
Hometown: Hanover, Mass.
Position: C (Right Shot)
Team: NDTP U18 (USHL)
CSS Rank: 29th among North American Skaters
FC Rank: 19th overall
ISS Rank: 15th overall
Douglas Luken of Future Considerations: “Plays a strong two-way game and controls the power- play from the half wall. The kid is uber competitive and will stop at nothing to create offense and be responsible defensively. Has all kinds of speed that allows him to separate from his check as he heads northbound. Love what he brings to the table and consistently stands out as a game break er and a player who can turn into an elite two-way player soon enough.”
Dennis MacInnis of International Scouting Service: “Intelligent, low maintenance playmaking center that has excellent hockey IQ and poise with the puck.”
Dave Gregory of Central Scouting: "Colin has a lot of hockey sense and a strong two-way game. He is a strong competitor and brings a solid effort every night. He has high end skill and makes the players around him better.”
As a lead-in to the 2015 NHL Draft, CalgaryFlames.com will outline potential targets for the Calgary Flames with the 15th overall pick in the first round on draft day on June 26th.