Reid Duke THW Close-Up
Date of Birth: January 28, 1996
Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
Ht: 6’0” Wt: 187 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014
Reid Duke may be one of the most under-the-radar players from the WHL in this year’s NHL Draft class.
On the surface, his numbers aren’t too great. 40 points isn’t amazing, though that’s third-best on the WHL’s worst team (by a country mile). His plus/minus was pretty bad (minus-47), but it was also on the WHL’s most scored-upon team. And he had 91 penalty minutes – including 38 minor penalties – but that was also on the WHL’s most penalized team.
Okay, 38 minors in 62 games isn’t great, and he tended to take penalties in bunches. But on a team with serious problems with off-ice distractions, Duke played as responsible 200-foot game one could play under the circumstances and steadily increased his offensive production from the previous season. He was quietly one of the Dub’s better face-off men, despite his team’s circumstances.
Duke’s a project. His counting stats are not great, but odds are some team will take a peek at game tape and decide that his numbers were more representative of the on (and off)-ice turmoil that was the 2013-14 Lethbridge Hurricanes and bank on a change of scenery (and perhaps some better teammates) could help Duke grow into a productive pro.
“Black hole of a franchise has dragged him down into the quagmire. Not scoring or playing any “D.””
–Kyle Woodlief, Red Line Report (November update)
“Responsible two-way player with average size, he plays for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, possibly the most obscure location in the CHL.”
–Alan “Lowetide” Mitchell, OilersNation
Duke played for Team Pacific at the World U-17 Challenge, winning silver.
Risk 1.5/5, Reward 3.5/5
Third or fourth line center. His face-off skill may project him as a penalty-kill specialist.
- Good at face-offs.
- Responsible in all three zones.
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
- Takes too many penalties, needs to work on discipline.
- Outside of face-offs, it’s hard to find an area he’s especially strong or great at.
- Hard to tell how good he is offensively because of the team he’s on.
Fantasy Hockey Potential:
Offensive 8/10, Defensive 7.5/10
NHL Player(s) Comparison:
Best-case would be Boyd Gordon. More likely he could be something like Zack Smith.
When He’ll Go In June:
Duke projects to go somewhere between the third and fourth rounds.
Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames and the NHL Draft extensively since 2010 as a Senior Writer for The Hockey Writers and Senior Contributing Editor of FlamesNation.ca. A member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, he lives in Calgary.