Alex Peters – The Next Ones: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Alex Peters THW Close-up:

Team: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

Birthdate: July 2, 1996

Hometown:  Goderich, ON

Height: 6’4″  Weight: 205 lbs

Position: Defense

Shoots: Left

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 1st year eligible

Twitter: @alpeters96

THW Ranking: #81

Other Rankings:

NHL Central Scouting (North American Skaters): #56

TSN (Bob Mckenzie): #54

TSN (Craig Button): #58

ISS: #47

Peters may not have the dynamic appeal that some players do in this draft, but he’s the type of player all teams need. He’s a big, strong defensive minded defenseman who loves to clear the front of the net.

He is also a very good skater for his size which makes him very difficult to beat on the rush for opponents.

There’s not a lot of flash to his game, just rock solid consistency. He doesn’t throw big open ice hits, but he wins his one on one battles and is rarely caught out of position.

He shows great poise and makes a good first pass out of the zone, but he certainly won’t wow you with offensive numbers.

With Peters, what you see is what you get.

Scout’s Honour:

“Peters is learning that less is better. By that, I mean he’s learned to simlify his game. He’s starting to put himself in positions where he’s not going to get burned or give the puck away. Defensively, he’s always been pretty sound. I think he’s a pretty reliable guy that the coach can put out in any given situation”

- Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting

“Big, good mobility, reads plays well and can defend with authority. Hard to break down and opponents have to really work to gain an advantage on him. Good poise with puck and an effective passer. Doesn’t panic under pressure.”

- Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting

Where He’ll End Up in June:

Likely to go somewhere near the end of the second round.

Statistics:

Interview/Bio Links:

Yahoo! Sports Buzzing the Net – NHL Draft Tracker: Alex Peters

NHL ETA:

Alex Peters

Alex Peters (Terry Wilson /OHL Images)

  • 3-4 years

NHL Potential:

  • Top 4 penalty killing defenseman

Strengths:

  • Skating
  • Poise
  • Positioning
  • Good first pass
  • Toughness
  • Defensive zone awareness

Flaws/Areas to Improve:

  • Offense
  • Continuing to add muscle

NHL Comparable:

  • Niklas Hjalmarsson

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdct7D9R_WM

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THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph

Carl Maloney

Carl Maloney

Edmonton Oilers Correspondent
Carl covers the Edmonton Oilers for THW as well as providing additional prospect coverage. Follow him on twitter @carlTHW, connect on Facebook or contact at carl.maloney@hotmail.com for questions, comments or if you're interested in him writing for you.
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