Getting To Know Canucks' 85th Overall Pick: Cole Cassels

Bruce Bennett

I'm still stunned over the Schneider trade. But hey! Let's take a look at another guy Mike Gillis and the Canucks drafted today!

Name: Cole Cassels

Born: May 4, 1995 in Dublin, Ohio.

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 179 pounds

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

2012-13 Team: Oshawa Generals

His Father: Andrew Cassels. Super set-up guy. Gritty. Could pot goals too. Versatile.

Twitter: @ColeCassels19

Stats:

Awards: Won bronze at the Under-17 World Hockey Championships in 2012. Played in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects game.

Scouting Report:

Via MyNHLDraft.com:

On a roster laden with offensive talents such as that of the Oshawa Generals, it is refreshing to see a player such as Cole Cassels flourish, one who prides himself on being more of an agitator and is a strong penalty killer. The son of former NHL player Andrew Cassels, Cole does not employ the same point production that his father had during his OHL career with the Ottawa 67's, but he has found himself to be useful in other ways. Cassels thrives on playing a physical game that allows him to be one of the more feared players on the ice when he is out there. He has really good skating ability and he is as tenacious as they come. His defensive game is quite sound and he has already demonstrated the leadership that his father had during his professional career. Cassels will find himself elevated to the top two lines in Oshawa next year with veterans such as Boone Jenner, Lucas Lessio and Scott Sabourin all leaving after this year. A player much like Sabourin himself, Cassels could surely find himself becoming more of an offensive producer as his ice time increases, especially if he is given the opportunity to play with Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder Scott Laughton, if the latter does not remain in the NHL next season. Cassels is a model teammate and he plays with such energy that it rubs off on all of his teammates.
Submitted by: Margann Laurissa - May 28th 2013

Via McKeen's Hockey:

...clever two-way pivot who displays good vision .. thinks ahead – anticipates plays before they happen .. particularly effective distributing the puck from the neutral zone .. executes accurate and crisp passes – both forehand and backhand – and requires minimal time and space – can make it look effortless .. propelled by a looping skating style and moderate first-step quickness .. could add power to his stride – straight-ahead speed is average at best, however these areas should improve with physical maturity and added leg strength .. defensive instincts are sound which earns him time on the penalty-killing unit .. shows no fear blocking shots or sacrificing his body .. can excel neutralizing opponents along the boards with solid hits and checks, yet isn’t overly large or powerful at six-foot and 180 pounds .. must guard against letdowns however as he can become static in his own end at times .. must continue to refine his faceoff technique – clearly falls behind on draws .. needs to be encouraged to be more selfish about exploiting shooting opportunities as he too often tends to operate in ‘pass-first’ mode .. should benefit from a more sheltered role playing behind Boone Jenner and Scott Laughton – and not having to face top-line opponents every night.

Favorite NHL Team: Columbus Blue Jackets

Favorite Player: Joe Thornton

Favorite Movie: Braveheart

Those little factoids and more at OshawaGenerals.com.

Cassels Video:

That's about all I could find on him.

Welcome to the club, Cole!

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