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.
|(Photo Credit: Getty Images) |#23 – THOMAS CHABOT
Defenseman, Saint John (QMJHL)
6’1.5”, 178 lbs.
One of a few high-end, draft-eligible prospects playing for the Sea Dogs, Chabot has built a reputation as a sleek-skating, offensive-minded defender with a keen ability to thread nifty passes. He doesn’t possess blazing top-end speed, but he shows ample quickness and good decision-making skills when filling an attack lane and putting his soft hands to use.
Chabot put together an excellent second season in Saint John, gathering 12 goals, 41 points and a plus-6 rating in 66 games. Along the way, he had two five-game point streaks.
The offensive uptick was notable, but the real growth in his game came in the defensive zone. His improved consistency led to bigger minutes and Chabot made the most of the opportunity.
With his stock on the rise, Chabot further elevated his draft standing with a strong showing at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship in April, collecting five points (1+4) and eight shots on goal in Canada’s run to the bronze medal.
As is often the case with developing rearguards, Chabot will need to add strength to his otherwise ideal frame. He has a long reach that helps him jam lanes and has a long, powerful skating stride to match. When the strength comes, it is expected that the highly competitive Chabot will round off his game with an added physical dimension.
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.