I posted about Aarne Talvitie this morning but because this is an ongoing series, there is plenty more material in the “Draft Prospect Series” tag on this blog so please check them out as well! Once I’ve finished taking a look at the 2017 draft picks, I’ll turn to 2016 and then 2015.
Defenseman Jocktan Chainey was the second blue liner selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Entry-Level Draft and the first of three straight in the seventh round; they selected him 191st overall. The 17-year old Canadian defenseman is 6′ 0″ and 198 pounds, and shoots left. He was ranked #126 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Here are some of his stats:
He has 45 points in 107 QMJHL games, which really isn’t bad for a defenseman; he averaged about 0.42 points per game. He had 27 in 61 games this past season, including 23 assists. He’s been pretty consistent off the board and I’d expect him to spend at least another season with the Mooseheads.
If you haven’t already made the connection, Chainey and the Devils’ first overall pick, Nico Hischier, are teammates on the Mooseheads. GM Ray Shero shared that he actually called Hischier to give him a scouting report of Chainey and the fans got a laugh out of that but Hischier must have done a good job because Chainey is now a New Jersey Devil. We don’t know if the two of them are close or not but it might make things easier at development camp for the both of them by having a familiar face on the ice. They could room together. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
There isn’t a ton of footage on YouTube for him but there is some.
This isn’t a huge sample size but I plan on watching (and analyzing) more Halifax games.
Here’s a quote about Chainey from Bill Placzek: “Big solid “Q” defender who is a solid, well-balanced skater who logs big minutes in both ends of the ice, due to his good hockey head and positioning. Not flashy, and probably would be even better if he was a tad quicker and a bit edgier. Needs to use his body more to handle attackers, but overall projects to a mid line-up rearguard if he continues to develop his game.”
Chainey is a great two-way player and while his defensive skills aren’t perfect, he’s played in all situations and eats up a ton of minutes. He’s only 17 years old, and still has plenty of time for growth and development. He has things to work on but I’m excited to see him play at development camp and in Mooseheads games in the fall.