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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Cody Ceci

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the event, will be putting the spotlight on some of the best and brightest draft-eligible prospects.

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 207 pounds
Shoots: Right
Born: December 21, 1993
Hometown: Orleans, ON
Born in: Ottawa, ON, CAN
Played the 2011-12 season with: Ottawa 67’s (Ontario Hockey League)

2009-10 OTTAWA OHL 64 4 8 12
2010-11 OTTAWA OHL 68 9 25 34
2011-12 OTTAWA OHL 64 17 43 60

NHL Central Scouting: No. 6 among North American skaters
The Hockey News: No. 10
International Scouting Services: No. 9
McKeen’s Hockey: No. 12
Red Line Report: No. 19
TSN: No. 11

NHL Comparison: Michael Del Zotto
NHL Potential: “… (Ceci’s) smarts and overall game could land him the third or fourth spot on an NHL depth chart.” –Grant McCagg, TSN

Defenseman Cody Ceci has been one of the fastest risers on many draft boards throughout the season, cracking the top-10 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings after receiving a midterm ranking of 16 earlier in the year. The offensive-minded defenseman completed his third season in the Ontario Hockey League second among blueliners in points with 60 (17G-43A), a 26-point improvement from the previous season (9G-25A). Ceci continued his standout play during the Ottawa 67’s run in the OHL playoffs, finishing fourth among defensemen in points (2G-13A-15P). A towering presence on the ice, many scouts believe Ceci obtains one of the better shots from the point, evident by his eight power-play tallies during the 2011-12 season.

"Ceci musters healthy levels of speed and marries it with strong puck-protection skills. He has impressive range and can move swiftly in a lateral direction, which helps him defend. … Ceci possesses all the tools that NHL teams covet in a defenseman including size, skating ability, an offensive game and, most importantly, he can keep the game simple enough.”
-McKeen’s Hockey

Internationally, Ceci represented Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship and won silver with Team Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He also was one of five 2012 draft-eligible players invited to Canada’s World Junior selection camp for the 2012 tournament.

He led Ottawa’s defensemen with nine goals and ranked second among the team’s blueliners with 34 points during his sophomore season in 2010-11. His 34 points were almost triple his production in 2009-10 (12 points).

His father, Parri, was named the MVP of the 1984 Vanier Cup and was inducted into the University of Guelph Hall of Fame in 1994. A receiver, he played one season with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League before an injury ended his career.

Ceci played most of his minor hockey with Cumberland and his mother, Karen, a former competitive figure skater, taught him to skate.

NHL player: Alex Ovechkin
Shootout move: “The Datsyuk”
Goal celebration: “Ride the stick”
Video game: NHL ‘11
Movie: Hot Rod
TV Show: Family Guy
Website: Facebook and YouTube
Restaurant: Montana’s
Breakfast food: Omelet
Place to visit: The cottage

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