NHL Mock Draft 2014: Anaheim Ducks select Jared McCann with No. 24 pick

Derek Leung

Anaheim Calling is proud to select, from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds... Jared McCann

While his stats don't pop as much as Fabbri's do, McCann is by all accounts more of a two-way centerman.  Central Scouting had him listed tenth among North American skaters in their year end rankings, whereas ISS, The Hockey News and our old buddies at Arctic Ice Hockey had him 15th overall.  Here's what Terrel from AIH had to say about McCann in their Top 60 Prospect Rankings:

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Born: May 31, 1996 in Stratford, Ontario

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 179 lbs

While his stats don't pop as much as Fabbri's do, McCann is by all accounts more of a two-way centerman.  Central Scouting had him listed tenth among North American skaters in their year end rankings, whereas ISS, The Hockey News and our old buddies at Arctic Ice Hockey had him 15th overall.  Here's what Terrel from AIH had to say about McCann in their Top 60 Prospect Rankings:

15. C Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) - McCann has long been considered a top prospect, but he has not shown the type of high end upside you would hope for.  He plays a really strong two-way game combined with some solid if unspectacular talent. He has solid set of hands and can makes some very good plays. He has shown strong leadership skills at all levels. He has a solid hockey IQ combined with a solid work ethic. That combines in his really strong two-way game. The question becomes how high is his offensive upside?

Birthdate: May 3, 1996.  Height: 6'1''.  Weight: 176lbs.

NHL Projection: Hardworking, two-way, 1st/2nd line centerman

ComparableRyan Kesler

One interesting thing I've come across in my research, is that there is a question over his consistency, both in this profile from NHL.com and in The Hockey News' draft preview.  In both cases, however it was shrugged off as a non-issue by the scouts quoted in the piece, claiming that he's still a young player only in his second year of Junior and will progress beyond the streakiness.

And now, please enjoy these highlights, in which you can see that he McCann really shoot the puck (sorry, had to) and has some pretty nice playmaking vision.

As I stated in our previous pick last week, it's dangerous to make too many judgments based off of a highlight package, but there wasn't a single clip of him checking or really doing anything defensively in that video which is an apparent strength of his.  I take that as a positive, in that he has all of these highlight plays, and a whole other layer of skills that he can bring to the game as well.

So there may not be as much to go on with McCann being on a slightly lower profile team and not having the explosive post season of Fabbri, and I don't necessarily think that they Ducks will even have this pick to make, come Friday night, but if they do, and he's still hanging around you can't go wrong with a guy who wants to mold his game after Johnathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron.

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