Jared McCann – F – 6’0” – 175lb. – London Jr. Knights Gold
Jared McCann has to be the most complete 1996 born player eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. All over the ice, in all 3 zones, McCann has constantly made an impact. His skating has improved throughout the year. At the start of the year. His approach, unless there is a clear lane to the net, is very intelligent and calculated. Jared really doesn’t appear to have a preference one way or the other in terms of shooting or passing, and we’ve been very impressed with his ability to choose these options wisely. In both regards McCann has been outstanding. When he shoots, he has a laser release, and he constantly aims for the corners and is on target more often than not. Jared forechecks and backchecks extremely hard, and forces a ridiculous amount of turnovers. Defensively he engages well, and gets his stick in lanes. He doesn’t shy away from getting in front of shots. Jared McCann is the total package of size, skating, offensive ability, grit, determination and projects to be an impact player in the OHL.
HP’s Laura Barney caught up with Jared at the recent OHL Cup. see the Video interview below. Special thanks to Brock Smeenk for his contribution and his video expertise.