20 prospects in 20 days: Travis Konecny

(Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

(Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

With only 3 days left until the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida, we will be breaking down a prospect each day up until June 26th. Today we look at forward Travis Konecny.

(NHL.com)

Forward Travis Konecny, Ottawa 67s (OHL), 18 years

Height: 5’10”, Weight: 176 pounds, Shoots: Right

RANKED:

NHL Central Scouting: 14th among North American Skaters

TSN: 15th among all players

2015-15 Stats: 60 games, 29 goals, 39 assists, 68 points, 34 penalty minutes.

Travis Konecny might be a little undersized at 5’10” and 176 pounds, but it would be a mistake to bet against him having a successful career in the NHL. Prior to the 2014-15 OHL season, Konecny was made named the captain of the Ottawa 67s, and at 17-years-old, was the youngest captain in the league. The hard-working forward has been on a lot of scouts’ radars for several years now, and went into the 2014-15 regular season a favorite to go in the top 10 of the draft.

A slow start hurt his ranking however, and Konecny was ranked 26th among North American skaters by the time Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings were released. He had only 22 points in his first 24 games, including a measly seven goals, but took off at the turn of the new year, where he managed 38 points (16 goals and 22 assists) in his final 26 games. He really piled it on in the playoffs, managing three goals and seven assists in five games against Niagara.

The native of London, Ontario is the type of player most coaches dream of slotting into their lineup. He plays a complete, 200 foot game, and works like a dog at both ends of the ice. His skating and acceleration are also top-end and he has the hands and skill to do some serious damage offensively. His wrister is very accurate in tight, and he has a very quick release on the puck. He also has great vision, which combined with his stick-handling and passing ability, make him extremely versatile and capable of filling a lot of different roles and positions.

He is a very strong skater, and very agile, both with and without the puck, which allows him to elude the sticks of larger defenders, not to mention duck their checks.

If not for a slow start and a lack of size, Konecny would be a top-10 pick in the 2015 Draft. Even with the slow start, if he were three inches taller, he would be in the same conversation as some of the more highly regarded prospects in the upcoming draft. Konecny is a low risk/high reward prospect because he has the type of offensive ability that could make him a dynamic point-producing machine at the pro level, and even if his offense does not pan out, his speed, hockey IQ, and determination assure he should be able to find work in some capacity at the NHL level.

There is no telling where Konecny will be selected in the draft. Some outlets such as ISS have him ranked 12th overall. Meanwhile, TSN’s Craig Button had Konecny ranked 33rd overall in his final rankings list.

Previously Seen in “20 Prospects in 20 Days”:

Nick Merkley
Jakub Zboril
Pavel Zacha
Zach Werenski
Brock Boeser
Lawson Crouse
Noah Hanifin
Ivan Provorov
Kyle Connor
Timo Meier
Dylan Strome
Mitch Marner
Mathew Barzal
Thomas Chabot
Evgeny Svechnikov
Mikko Rantanen
Ilya Samsonov