THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings (E-Mac): #27 (Feb 2014)
THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #14 (March 2014)
- Hashtag: #TheRightStuff
- Nickname: Bleaks
- Team: #9, Red Deer, WHL
- Position: Centre
- Shoots: Right
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 195 lb.
- Born: High River, AB, 7-Feb-96
- Twitter A/C: @Bleacks9
13 – Future Considerations, Feb-14
16 – ISS, Feb-14
21 – Craig Button, Jan-14
28 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
40 – NHL Combined – Mid-term, Jan-14
— Joe Whitbread 🇨🇦 (@joewhitbread) December 28, 2013
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) March 2, 2014
Goldobin and De Leo fastest in the 30m sprint for Team Cherry. Vanier and Bleackley at 3 and 4 respectively. #BMOTP
— Zenon Herasymiuk (@ZenonHerasymiuk) January 14, 2014
— TROY GILLARD (@Troy_Gillard) January 31, 2014
— CRASH CONDITIONING (@CrashCondHockey) January 3, 2014
- FC Hockey’s Head Western Scout Zenon Heramsymiuk really likes what Bleackley brings to a team:
4. Conner Bleackley – RD – strong two-way forward that does whatever it takes to win. High character with improving offensive skills.
— Zenon Herasymiuk (@ZenonHerasymiuk) December 12, 2013
- From TSN’s Craig Button, who sums up Bleackley’s game quite eloquently:
“Conner is a determined, competitive player who doesn’t take any shortcuts. He’s smart, gets to the right areas and is a catalyst for positive plays all over the ice. He doesn’t allow himself to be denied!”
From the THW War Room
- Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Conner Bleackley:
- The Right Stuff – OK, you are 17 years old and the Team Canada U20 Coach, Brent Sutter, makes you captain of his club team, the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. You must have the right stuff: leadership, maturity, competitiveness, completeness and enough on-ice ability to lead by example. There you have Connor Bleackley.
- 200 Foot Player – Connor is an all around forward in the making who plays effectively and efficiently in all three zones. He could use a little more weight and a little more physicality but good things come to those who work on them. He has a top notch wrister with a quick release, drives to the net and competes hard on the forecheck.
- Draft placement – All over the map, from 13 to 40. Those that have him in the teens must be expecting even more offensive production from him than he has shown to date.
- Bleackley may just be the Bo Horvat or Curtis Lazar of this year’s draft – not necessarily replicating those prospects in terms of styles of play, but the fact that all three of these should be branded with “Can’t Miss”. They have NHL pros written all over them. Conner is already a solid two-way player with still room to grow from an offensive output standpoint.
- Video 1: Report from ShawTVRedDeer
— KylePolanski (@KylePolanski) December 4, 2013
- Video 2: Highlights from James Hardy
About NHL Draft War Room Series
This series is compiled by Eldon MacDonald and edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com