Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Dom - OHL, Oct 31, 2013.
A prospect profile and scouting report on Middleton by Top shelf prospects at LWOS
There's a lot to like about Middleton. Great size. Good wheels. Plays with an edge. Plays physically. Can make a good first pass. Does most things on the ice reasonably well but he'll never wow you with his tools, but there is still room for him to get exponentially better.
I hope he is still available at #44 for the Capitals to take him on draft day.
THW has 2 articles on Middleton:
The War Room Profile (by E-Mac)
The Next Ones (Shawn Reznik)
Jared McCann said he's the toughest player he's played against. Coming from a top prospect, that is bound to increase his value. I have him in the 2nd round easily.
Nothing like a little boost from an old friend who knows his buddy has slipped worse than him in rankings. If Nick Petrecki can bust, so can Middleton.
I really like Middleton and I think there's a good chance of him being a solid number 4 someday in the NHL. There weren't a lot of positives this season for the 67's, but I thought he was one of them. Impressed me every time I watched him.
Except his coach had great things to stay about him too.
As an 8th overall selection in the OHL Priority draft, I understand the compliments from people close to him. Personally, I would take the risk of missing out on a bottom line NHL'er best case and would pass on him.
I see a dropoff in prospect status in the late 3rd round. To me, his value is early 4th round.
Not saying Misha was being dishonest, but do you expect coaches to say publicly that "the kid is awful"
For us Middleton was a player who's stock fell as far as anyone in the draft this year. He struggled with the puck on his stick and his skating is a long ways off IMO. When I saw him this year he looked like he took a step backward rather than forward in his development.
Not overly familiar with him, but did an Avs themed mock this week and had him in the 4th round to Colorado. Some of the reports I read on him weren't glowing, and having Mark Edwards reinforce what I've read from other publications makes me think he's more of a 3rd round guy than a 2nd.
Is he not ranked by any of the big agencies?
I personally like the kid. I think in the right system, with the right help, he can make it.
Probably why the Kings picked him.
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