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Entry Draft Options: Thomas Harley

One of five defenders ticketed to go in the first round, Harley is a nice mix of size, speed and smarts.

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One of potentially five defensemen expected to go in the first round, Harley is one of the youngest players in the draft.

He possesses traits that scouts are looking for in a modern NHL blueliner, a synchronous mix of size, speed and smarts with a good dash of offense thrown in.

Thomas Harley

Position: Defense

Team: Mississauga Steelheads

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 192lb (87kg)

Age: 17 (DOB Aug 19, 2001 - Syracuse, NY)

Shoots: Left

In just his second season in the OHL he lead all U18 defenders in scoring with 58 points in 68 games and was third on his team. He finished fourth overall in the OHL in assists with 47.

Knocks on his game surround needing to tidy up some things in his own end and a tendency to get too cute, leading to costly turnovers. But, once again, he is one of the younger players in the draft, and these kind of mistakes are how defenders learn.

Pronman ranked him 20th in his most recent 2019 prospects ranking noting his impressive tools and smarts for a player of his age and experience.

Again, the Ducks aren’t likely looking for a defender in the first round, at least not with the higher pick but being one of the five higher ranked among his position is a good sign that there is a chance that they could nab at least one talented defender with either the 29th or 39th pick.