Windsor Spitfires (OHL)CSS Rank:
19th among North American Skaters
Logan Stanley towers above the competition — quite literally.
The Windsor Spitfires defenceman stands at 6-foot-7 and looks every bit of that height. Although he looks the part, the 18-year-old is still growing into his frame. Eventually, he wants to be able to use that size to his advantage against NHL competition.
For now, Stanley is using it in the Ontario Hockey League, and it was noticed by scouts this past season.
“He has all the attributes you want to see in a big frame,” one scout told The Hockey News. “Every deficiency I see, I think time and teaching will fix.”
Stanley proved that theory this season, showing much progression in his game from 2014 to this season.
“If you’d seen him a year ago, you wouldn’t have dreamt he was being considered where he’s being considered now,” said another scout.
Stanley attributes his growth and rise up draft boards to a boost in confidence.
“I think I had a lot more confidence this year,” he said. “I had a long summer in the gym, got stronger, but I think I played with a lot more confidence.”
Another contributing factor to Stanley’s rise is the tutelage he’s received from former Oilers Assistant Rocky Thompson, who is now behind the bench in Windsor.
“He was great,” said Stanley. “He helped me a lot with my game. He wanted me to play a shutdown game and simple. That’s what I think I’ll be at the next level. I want to thank him for last season and I’m really looking forward to next season with him.”
Big, strong and hard to play against, Stanley has a long reach and active stick. He believes he can be someone who “shuts down other teams’ top lines and competes hard every night.”
Stanley says Zdeno Chara is someone he looks up to — another tall defenceman who has captained the Boston Bruins for years.
“We’re kind of the same size,” said Stanley. “He plays a hard game. He’s tough to play against, he’s been a captain for a long time so he’s definitely someone I look up to.”
It’s not just is on-ice characteristics that have scouts intrigued. Stanley is showing he can lead as well.
“Good character and work ethic,” said International Scouting’s Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Good leadership qualities, tough to play against.”
Offence will likely never be his strongest asset. Stanley had 17 points (5-12-17) in 64 games this season. But he had 103 penalty minutes, provides physicality and is an intimidating presence on the blueline. Stanley played about half the season paired with one of the top defensive prospects in this draft — Mikhail Sergachev. He’s been able to keep up with some of the best in his class.
Stanley’s rise has placed him in the mid-twenties range of mock drafts, well before the Oilers select 32nd overall in the second round. Which means Stanley slipping or a move up is likely needed for him to become available to Edmonton. The Oilers did show interest in Stanley, speaking with him at the Combine earlier this month.
Stanley’s 6-foot-7 frame and steady development has teams eager to take on the project. He might not have to wait long to hear his name called on June 24, in Buffalo.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
- CSS Director of Scouting Dan Marr: “He’s mobile and very tough to beat one-on-one. He has a good understanding of his position, has a good stick-to-puck technique utilizing his reach, and plays with authority. He’s very composed under forecheck pressure and is able to make that good first pass out of the zone.”
- Future Considerations: “Stanley is a towering and lengthy rearguard whose bread and butter is blocking shots and angling off his man. Overall, for a big man, he really has improved his skating, but still needs to control his feet a little more and be quicker yet… The physically imposing defender has the ability to jump up and drop his shoulder to deliver a perfectly timed, devastating check in open ice. Stanley will drop the gloves and stand up for his team.”
- ISS Scout P. Myre: “Dimensional size. Very good skater for his size. Very active offensively, he will join the rush and activate from the point. Has shown improvement this season in decision making with and without the puck.”