Miles Gendron THW Close-Up:
Date of birth: 6/28/1996
Place of birth: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 174 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014
THW The Next Ones Rankings (January 2014): 105
THW War Room Rankings (April): 84
Future Considerations: not ranked
Craig Button: not ranked
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..
“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.“
Risk: 2.5/5 Reward: 3/5
2nd pairing two-way defenseman that can put up points and quarterback a powerplay
Controlling the pace of the play
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
THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph
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