By John Vogl
Junior team: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Born: London, Ont.
Measurables: 6-foot, 179 pounds
2013-14 stats: 64 games, 27 goals, 35 assists, 62 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 10 (North America)
Lowdown: Two-way centers are in high demand thanks to coaches who think defense first. McCann could be special because of that. He eagerly and legitimately plays a 200-foot game, the kind that helps players reach the NHL.
McCann is one of the quicker skaters in the draft, and his ability to change speeds is impressive. His passing skills are elite. Despite suffering a concussion during his first junior season, he’s not afraid to chase the puck into the corners or go to the tough areas. He strengthened his neck in hopes of avoiding future head injuries.
While he is dependable in his own end, McCann can be inconsistent on the score sheet. He can let the slumps go to his head and creates routines to try to snap out of them, like jumping into a cold tub before games. He is a solid penalty killer who regularly faces the opposition’s top line.
They said it: “Jared is a highly skilled and creative playmaker. He has excellent hands and puckhandling ability. He sees the ice very well and can get the puck through traffic with great saucer passes. He is not a guy who will always bring you out of your seat but is dangerous every shift.” – Chris Edwards of NHL Central Scouting to NHL.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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