D Thomas Harley - Mississauga Steelheads, OHL (2019, 18th, DAL)

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  1. OHLFan1995

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    Our writer Darius has been watching Thomas Harley for a while now and has decided to write a little something up.

    With the graduation in Mississauga, Harley is a name to watch. He's like the PP QB and a top pairing on the club this season.


    He's got great size. Very good offensive upside and is someone who could rise in the rankings.

    Sunday Night Thoughts: Thomas Harley
     
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    10 points in 12 games so far.

    Button has him in the mid-1st round.

    One of the youngest players in the draft (born August 2001)
     
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    i went and saw the Steelheads play the petes this weekend. Came away very impressed with Harley. Good hands, good break out pass, played well in the offensive zone, closed gap well and played physical. Hes a guy im keeping my eye on.

    I actually thought he was Hague to start the game, but realised quickly that Hague wasnt in the OHL anymore.
     
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    I like this guy too him and Billy Constantinou on Niagara seem to be on the same pace for points for this years OHL draft class of D with 1 point separating them. Mind you Harley plays a ton more and gets every PP were as Constantinou plays less and gets very little PP. I am interested to see later on in the season how Harley will do points production wise if McLoed and Tippet get traded.
     
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    Watched him for the first time last night and was very impressed.

    Big kid who can really skate, has great edgework, good passer and is extremely offensive minded.

    Looked like someone prone to some mistakes due to his aggressiveness and trying to make things happen but his overall skillset is very exciting.

    I would definitely have no problem with some team taking him mid first round.
     
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    He’s easily a top-15 prospect for the draft in my eyes. I love Bowen Byram but Harley is right there. I’ve noticed him moving up rankings this past month, and I’d bet that by the end of the year, every respectable mock draft outlet will have him inside the first round.
     
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    This guy's name is starting to rise up draft boards. Anyone else have some insight? A big mobile D prone to mistakes from taking lots of chances?
     
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    My notes on Harley though I haven’t watched him in like 2 weeks
    A 2 way defenseman with an excellent frame and room to fill out. Doesn’t excel at any particular area and I question his IQ at times though it’s not terrible. Good stick checker. Can skate around opposition (very good skater and has speed) and has good puck control. Seems to lack effort getting to the puck from what I’ve seen but his gap control and awareness make up for it (his defensive IQ is really good but I question him a bit when he has the puck on his stick.) can make a nice pass as well but lacks a good shot. He has fantastic tools though, he’ll be a bit of a project

    My comparison-A bit like Brady Skjei. My reasoning for that comparison: Skjei has a terrible hockey IQ, Harley’s is better but the way they randomly go for a stroll with the puck and it usually amounting to nothing is very similar. If either defenseman focused hard on defense they could be excellent 2 way dmen but both seem to care more about offense than defense. Both have good size and are fantastic skaters as well (Skjei’s better here but Harley’s certainly a great skater as well.) What Harley lacks that Skjei has though is physicality. More commitment to defense and less focus on offense could turn either defenseman into 2/3 dmen
     
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    He's up to 51 points in 57 games now. Keep in mind, Missy traded some big names at the deadline but his production has not been affected at all. Pretty encouraging.
     
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    Reminiscent of Bouchard last year, in how he took control of his team’s offence after management decided to aim toward a mini-retool.

    He’s a bit rough around the edges, but I stand by my previous statement that I think he is a top-15 talent for the draft, and am happy to see more and more ranking outlets moving into agreement.

    I’m flabbergasted that his thread only has 8 replies, for a big, strong-skating defenseman playing in Mississauga.
     
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    I saw him play and he reminds me so much of Devon Toews. Wouldn’t mind if he was the isles draft pick.
     
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    Seems like skating is his greatest quality? He handles the puck well too. But is it wrong to say the rest of his game is average?
     
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    I wish the Oilers could snag another 1st rounder and take this guy! o_O
     
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    Makes me wonder why there is so little ink on this guy...…...pushing to be a top 10?

    One of the youngest guys in the draft and putting up points like this......Hmmmm?

    How is Harley doing? Anyone watching this guy?
     
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    Yeah, one of my favourites for this draft. Kid just oozes potential, but every aspect of his game needs some degree of fine-tuning. I think he should go top-15, though, I’d say he’s quite comparable to Wilde today while being a year younger.

    He won’t go top-10, though. That group forming up there, of Hughes-Kakko-Byram-Dach-Cozens-Turcotte-Podkolzin-Soderstrom-Dorofeyev/Krebs/Seider/Boldy/Zegras/Lavoie is just too solid IMO.
     
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    Thanks for answering...

    Yes, I think it is going to be a very strong draft...….especially top 11ish

    It will be interesting to see what the final polling will look like....

    I love this time of year...……...
     
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    Was very surprised that McKenzie had him at #14 in his most recent ranking... I think having him over Cam York is ridiculous.
     
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    Why what makes York better?

    FWIW Harley was voted second smartest player and best offensive defenseman in the East. He is 6'3 and skates as well if not better than York I have seen him listed at 185 lbs. With that kind of size and ability I can see why he would be ranked ahead of the smaller York.
     
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    Hes a top 15 talent and i could see him picked top 10.

    Big right hand shot D man that skates well?

    Those guys dont last long draft day.
     
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    Left handed but agreed
     
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    Oof. My mistake. :facepalm: lol

    I thought he was right handed.
     
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    If Heinola falls to 31, that Stanley Cup winning team will have other reasons too celebrate!

    On topic, there seems to be a great debate about who to pick first between Heinola, Harley, Broberg, Soderstrom and York... And answers vary quite a bit, although Heinola at 31, especially given how he played in the Liiga after coming back from injury, is a bit ridiculous.
     
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    Outrageous that there’s less than a page of discussion on this kid.

    I see him as a slightly less refined, much better skating Bouchard. And when I say “much better”, I mean that Harley is one of the best skaters in the whole draft class, full stop. That skating allows him to use his great size and steadily increasing strength far more frequently and effectively than Bouchard ever could.

    He’s the second best defenseman in the draft in my eyes and I predict he will go top-15 at the least. His defensive game has progressed leaps and bounds this year in Mississauga, and I’ve been very impressed with his play at the U18s. I had some questions about how he would fit in when he wasn’t his team’s go-to top guy and the catalyst for its offense, and I’ve loved how he’s evolved. He’s still not afraid to jump into the rush as he so very well can, but he also trusts his forwards more and is making great neutral zone passes and passive plays in the offensive end.
     
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    The comparison the commentators keep throwing out is a good one.

    Chabot.
     

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