Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his annual rankings of the top 30 draft-eligible prospects. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 26-27.
#18 - COLIN WHITE
|(Photo Courtesy of the USHL) |
Center, USA U-18 (USHL)
6’0”, 183 lbs.
Committed to Boston College in the fall, White ended his United States National Junior Development Team career on a high note in April with six goals in seven games at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship. He scored a hat trick in USA’s 7-2 win over Canada in the semi-final round.
His last goal of the tournament came in overtime of the gold medal game to secure a 2-1 victory over Finland.
A product of the same Noble & Greenough School program that developed current NHLers Kevin Hayes (NYR) and Jimmy Hayes (FLA), White is a complete, detail-oriented player with a scorer’s flair and some bite to his game.
While White does most everything well, his fast, fluid skating stands out as his most exceptional tool. It makes him not only a blazing threat in transition, but also a highly efficient checker.
White executes with speed and confidence in all areas of the ice, including a very high level of competence in the defensive zone. He works hard to force turnovers and support his defensemen down low. He uses his body to win 1-on-1 battles and he’s quick in getting the puck out of the zone or to the nearest open man.
A clutch leader since joining the NTDP, White has the makings of a solid second-line centerman following his stay in Hockey East.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.