Logan Stanley Scouting Report: 2016 NHL Draft #46

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The 12th overall pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Draft, Logan Stanley is a gigantic defenceman for the Windsor Spitfires. He put up five goals and 17 points for the Spitfires in the regular season, and added one goal in Windsor’s first round playoff loss to the Kitchener Rangers. Stanley has received international experience over the last two years, playing for Team Canada Red at the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge and scoring two goals in five games.  He was a part of Team Canada at this years IIHF Under 18 World Championships. Stanley also played for Team Cherry at the 2016 BMO CHL Top Prospects game. Stanley’s comes from a hockey family as his cousin is Washington Capitals forward Michael Latta.

Logan Stanley Scouting Report: 2016 NHL Draft #46

Defense — shoots Left
Born May 26 1998 — Waterloo, ONT
Height 6’07” — Weight 220 lbs [201 cm / 100 kg]

Standing at 6’7″ tall, Logan Stanley is a giant on skates. He has a huge wingspan and long reach, giving him the ability to really cut down passing and shooting lanes, as well as to control attackers on the rush. Stanley is not afraid to block shots. His size is a real advantage on the penalty kill as he can be extremely disruptive to what the other team is trying to set up in the Spitfires zone. He also has a real mean streak, as he loves to be physical in throwing big hits, fighting for loose pucks, or clearing the crease. He can sometimes take the physical play a little too far, which can cost him in terms of taking penalties. Stanley has good hockey sense, as he reads the play well, and generally keeps himself in good defensive positions.

Stanley’s skating is a bit of a work in progress.  It can take his long legs a little bit to get going, as he seems awkward in his start-up, and can use some work in his acceleration. Once he does get moving though, he has decent speed for a big man. He could stand to work on his edgework and his acceleration as small, quick forwards can take him wide and take advantage of the fact that his pivots are a little slow and awkward. In terms of balance, he does have a strong lower body and will only get better as he continues to add muscle to his large frame over the next several years.

Logan Stanley has shown some signs of an offensive game, but it is a work in progress.  He generates a lot of power with his big frame and has a strong slap shot. It could stand to be a little more accurate, but he is able to generate a lot of flex on his stick and a ton of power.  His stickhandling has improved as the season has gone on, but he still needs a bit of work. Stanley has a decent first pass out of the zone, and can start the transition game, but he is more comfortable playing a stay at home role than he is in joining the rush. Playing at the line, he still lacks confidence and poise in his stickhandling, rushing plays, and as a result he is better in the role of triggerman than power play quarterback.  In any event his future is likely as a defensive defenceman more than an offensive one.

Stanley has they type of size, and physical package that will likely make him a much higher draft pick than where we have him ranked.  However we see some serious issues in his game, such as puck handling and skating ability. He could be a real boom or bust type player.  I just don’t think he will ever develop enough puck moving ability and offensive ability to be a truly great defender, more of a bottom pairing guy, with the possible upside of the second pairing. While he can become a very good defensive defenceman, the NHL seems to be evolving away from that type of player.  In terms of style Stanley resembles a more physical version of Hal Gill, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on talent.

The following is a compilation of Logan Stanley highlights, taken from youtube.

Check back tomorrow for the #47 prospect on our NHL Draft Board.

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