Miles Gendron – The Next Ones: NHL 2014 Draft Prospect Profile

Miles Gendron THW Close-Up:

Date of birth: 6/28/1996

Place of birth: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Ht: 6’2″     Wt: 174 lbs

Shoots: Left

Position: D

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014

Twitter@mgendron10

THW The Next Ones Rankings (January 2014): 105

Miles Gendron

Miles Gendron (Photo: Dan Hickling)

Other Rankings:

THW War Room Rankings (April): 84

Future Considerations: not ranked

Craig Button: not ranked

CS Final Rankings for North American skaters: 74

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Miles Gendron would’ve been a forward had he not decided to fill a need at defense at Rivers School. The transition was seamless and Gendron has adapted well to the change. He’s got the NHL-height, but not the NHL build…yet. Still a bit lanky, Gendron will head to the BCHL next season to condition and get stronger before making the jump to the UConn Huskies of the NCAA in 2015-16.

Gendron has great vision and hockey IQ. He outsmarts a lot of his opponents and carries the puck well up the ice. He’s also fast skater that does his best to get out of his own zone as quickly as possible. The switch to defense allowed him to develop both sides of his game. While he can control the powerplay on the point, he also has great defensive awareness and doesn’t get caught out of position. A sound two-way defenseman, it’s a matter of taking the time to grow, develop, and mature for Gendron in the BCHL and then the NCAA.

Where Will He End Up In June:

Gendron can surprise a few people and could be a 2nd round pick. I’d say he’s more likely to go in the 3rd or 4th round..

Scout’s Honor:

Former Centre converted full time to defense. Committed to the U Conn. But that will not be until 2015. Might be five years from the team selecting him having to make the decision. Long term project with lots of questions but also lots to like.

Draftsite.com

Statistics:

Bio/Interview(s)/Links:

Interview with Buzzing the Net

ETA:

3-4 years

Risk/Reward Analysis:

Risk: 2.5/5   Reward: 3/5

NHL Potential:

2nd pairing two-way defenseman that can put up points and quarterback a powerplay

Strengths:

Positioning

Speed

Outlet passes

Controlling the pace of the play

Defensive awareness

Smart decision making

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:

Growing into his frame

Fantasy Hockey Potential:

Offensive: 5.5/10    Defensive: 5/10

NHL Player Comparison:

– NHL comparison: Ryan McDonagh

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

Shawn Reznik

Shawn Reznik

Shawn started at The Hockey Writers in 2011 covering junior hockey/NCAA/European leagues for the site. In 2013, he became the Lead Writer for the Philadelphia Flyers.
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