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Draft Profile: Jason Dickinson

Thursday, 13.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Draft Profile: Jason Dickinson



Inside the Senate will be taking a look at 40 prospects ahead of the Entry Draft on June 30. Up next is Jason Dickinson...

It was only a few months ago that scouts figured Jason Dickinson would be a first round lock, however, after a tough finish to his season with the Guelph Storm he figures to be a potential high reward pick later on.

Dickinson’s production was at a point-per-game pace to start his season before it tapered off as the year wore on. He wrapped up with 47 points in 66 games in Guelph, and another two points in five OHL playoff games. He also played in three games for Team Canada at the World U-18s he was hampered by an injury at the time and recorded an assist.

At 6-foot-1, 179 pounds, Dickinson is a versatile player able to hold his own in any situation on the ice with a particular flair in the offensive zone. He moves well and is very creative with the puck. Defensively, he is responsible handling assignments in his own zone and has a good awareness of what needs to be done for a player at his level.

The knocks on Dickinson’s game are twofold. For a player of his frame, he is still very slight and will benefit greatly as he continues to gain strength. Additional physical development would also improve how he physically handles the gruelling nature of a hockey season as there have also been concerns about his consistency and effort levels on a nightly basis. If his body becomes more capable of handling the demands placed on it, his consistency should improve in turn.

Dickinson, like the other forwards I’ve profiled thus far, projects as an effective two-way player at the next level. What makes him so intriguing is his obvious potential which could see him become an explosive offensive talent. He may be more of an unknown commodity at this point, but there is a belief that he could become a top-10 player from this draft class should his development move according to plan.

Expect Dickinson to be taken off the board in the vicinity of Round 2. His ceiling is too high to be available for much longer than that.


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