2014 OHL Draft Watch: Paquette, Barnes, Morrison | The Scouting Report

RC Chris Paquette | Greater Kingston MM

Playing on a team that depends heavily on a few players for offensive production, Paquette has proven himself as a consistent producer for the Frontenacs. The 6-foot-1, 165 pound centre is an excellent skater who possesses dynamic ability and high-end possession skills. One of the most attractive components of Paquette's game is his ability to create offense in different ways. He's dangerous on the rush and shows an ability to beat multiple players using his speed and puck skills, but is also excellent down low and has shown impressive board play and ability to absorb contact while retaining the puck.

Paquette has a quick release and his finishing ability projects well to the next level. His playmaking game is continuing to emerge but will be an area of focus moving forward as his offensive ceiling could improve considerably if he takes the next step in that department. Paquette currently projects as a potential dark-horse first round pick next April as his stock continues to trend upwards with an impressive skill-set and potential moving forward.

LC Cameron Morrison | York Simcoe MM

After a sluggish start in the Titans Tournament, Morrison is starting to look every bit the part of a potential Top 40 pick in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound centre possesses excellent size and strength and has already gotten his feet wet at the Jr. A level as an affiliate player with the Aurora Tigers. Morrison is a hard-nosed forward who has developed into a more consistent goal scorer this year and a player who is capable of consistently finding the back of the net in minor midget. 

Morrison's skating is the main area of concern at this point in time as his feet can run on him at times, leaving him out of position or unable to make tight cuts to adjust to other player's movements on the ice. He does have good straight-line speed, however, so that bodes well when projecting whether or not that improvement is viable. Morrison will likely see time in the OHL as a full-time winger where he'll be better utilized as a north-south player who can be a physical forechecker and a player who could surprise some with his offensive impact as he adjusts to the league.

LD Matthew Barnes | Barrie Colts MM

Barnes is one of the top draft eligible defensemen from the ETA this season and will be an intriguing prospect for scouts to monitor as he possesses no shortage of untapped potential. Listed at 5-foot-10, 154 pounds, Barnes is a dynamic skater who can rush the puck at will and make enticing plays. Barnes has great top-end speed but also is an excellent lateral skater and backwards skater which gives him great recovery speed and an ability to take chances knowing that he can generally cover for himself.

While the skating is enticing, Barnes' all-around game will need some polish moving forward as his offensive instincts are not natural at this point in time and his defensive game still needs refinement. Barnes is often guilty of trying to do to much and making high risk plays which are red flags when looking at a defenseman. He certainly has the tools to be a high OHL draft pick but it will be curious to see how his season progresses as teams try to gauge the risk/reward on his style of game.

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2014 NHL Draft Rankings

1. C Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2. D Aaron Ekblad Barrie Colts
3. C Michael Dal Colle Oshawa Generals
4. C Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert Raiders
5. C William Nylander Rogle
6. LW Nick Ritchie Peterborough Petes
7. D Haydn Fleury Red Deer Rebels
8. D Roland McKeown Kingston Frontenacs
9. LW Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs
10. C Jared McCann Soo Greyhounds

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