Mark Scheifele - Barrie Colts
6'3" - 175
The 7th round pick (134th overall) was traded from Saginaw to Barrie after Scheifele didn't appear for the Spirit's rookie camp. It was believed at the time that Scheifele was going to take the NCAA route. But the Colts gambled, and won. After the trade Scheifele turned down a four year scholarship with Cornell to play for the Colts.
The smooth skating, offensively talented and playmaking Scheifele led his Kitchener Dutchmen Jr. B squad in both assists and points last season recording 18 goals and 37 assists for 55 points in 51 games.
Scheifele can play both center and wing. With his size, if he can add some bulk, he may be better suited for wing, but will have to get grittier in the corners and along the wall. But his superior playmaking abilities may make him better suited at center.
He's definitely a project with great potential for a team that can wait it out a couple of years and he should draw a lot of attention from NHL scouts playing in Barrie.