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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shane Prince

The Ottawa 67's speedster Shane Prince opened eyes and turned heads this season that had him race up draft charts.

Prince was even in the hunt for a scoring championship throughout much of the season until injuries left him out of the lineup.

Prince finished the season with 25 goals and 63 assists and a plus 43 despite missing 9 games to finish second on the squad behind Tyler Toffoli who tied Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers for the OHL scoring lead.

Prince was also our run away leader in our three stars of the week rankings where we pick the 3 stars from the OHL draft eligible players.

Prince wasn't originally invited to participate in the CHL Top Prospects Game where he could showcase his talents but was later added as an injury replacement. Here's what Red Line Report had to say about Prince in that game:

"Was easily, far and away, the best forward on Team Cherry all night and was flying around with great jump and energy – plays an up-tempo game at all times. Uses speed to create turnovers off a pressure forecheck, then turns them into dangerous chances. Always first on the puck. Scored their only goal of the game on a sneaky wrister and created most of their serious chances. Backchecks hard and comes back to help in his own end. Always puts the puck in the right areas. Cycles and distributes the puck well and will go to the net without the puck. Good hand/eye coordination."

The 67's were upset in round one of the OHL playoffs in a sweep at the hands of the Sudbury Wolves. Prince made his appearance in game two, returning from injury, and scored 1 goal in the final 3 games. To call it a disappointment for Prince and his team mates in an understatement. But for Prince, coming back from a concussion and whiplash is somewhat of an excuse for his own personal play.

My own personal belief is that Prince could be a late first round pick or very early second rounder. If you are looking for live updates on Prince on draft day, may I suggest following his sister Olivia on twitter, who will be updating us live from Minnesota. You can follow her - @OliviaPrince10

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