Alex Peters THW Close-up:
Team: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Birthdate: July 2, 1996
Hometown: Goderich, ON
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 205 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 1st year eligible
THW Ranking: #81
NHL Central Scouting (North American Skaters): #56
TSN (Bob Mckenzie): #54
TSN (Craig Button): #58
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.
“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.
Top 4 penalty killing defenseman
Good first pass
Defensive zone awareness
Flaws/Areas to Improve:
Continuing to add muscle
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