Clark Bishop – The Next Ones: NHL 2014 Draft Prospect Profile

Clark Bishop THW Close-Up:

Date of birth: 3/29/1996

Place of birth: St. John’s, Newfoundland, CAN

Ht: 6’0″     Wt: 183 lbs

Shoots: Left

Position: C

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014

Twitter: @cbish11

THW The Next Ones Rankings (January 2014): 58

(Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Clark Bishop plays similar to Maxime Talbot (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Other Rankings:

THW War Room Rankings (April): 123

Future Considerations: not ranked

Craig Button: not ranked

CS Final Rankings for North American skaters: 104


Clark Bishop is not a flashy player, but he does play all 200 ft. of the ice every shift every game. He chips away at both sides of the puck relying on his smarts to play an effective game. Bishop’s best asset is his skating which he uses to get back into plays and pressure on the forecheck.

Not a very reactionary player, Bishop waits for plays to develop to utilize his wingers. He’s calm in every zone and rarely ever gets rattled. He has limited skill in his puck handling, but is sharp when it comes to passing the puck. Bishop also has a chippy side to his game. The defensive part of his game is what strikes me the most. He positions himself well in every zone and makes strong plays on the puck.

Solid all-around centers aren’t easy to come by, but Clark Bishop is definitely one of them. His offensive numbers aren’t fantastic, but with the way he plays, the goals and assists should come naturally.

Where Will He End Up In June:

Bishop is likely to go in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft.

Scout’s Honor:

“Bishop is all heart and work ethic. Not blessed with the natural talents of others in his draft class, Bishop uses his physicality, grit, work rate, smarts and tremendous skating ability to make things happen on both sides of the puck. (November 2013)”

Aaron Vickers – Future Considerations

“Positionally strong centre with high-end acceleration and a strong two way game. Works hard all over the sheet despite not having the superior hands or the ability to finish plays with goals or great set-ups.

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International Tournaments:

Bishop has played for Team Canada twice and once for Canada Atlantic in the U17 WHC. He’s won a bronze, silver, and gold medal.


Interview with Buzzing the Net


2-3 years

Risk/Reward Analysis:

Risk: 1/5   Reward: 3/5

NHL Potential:

3rd line two-way center that can play on the PK





Defensive Positioning

Hockey IQ

Slows the game down

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:

Adding muscle to play against stronger competition

Fantasy Hockey Potential:

Offensive: 4/10    Defensive: 7/10

NHL Player Comparison:

– NHL comparison: Maxime Talbot


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