The London Knights Next Star
Names like Domi, Horvat and Zadorov are mentioned often, but one player that we expect to rise up the NHL Draft rankings is 6’1″ forward Remi Elie.
Elie first popped on to our radar last year as a member of the CCHL’s Hawkesbury Hawks. After a strong season with the Junior ‘A’ club, we were anxious to see how quickly he could make an impact for the Knights.
It didn’t take very long at all.
HP’s head scout Ryan Yessie attended the Knights training camp and, just like Josh Anderson stuck out like a sore thumb to us last year, such was the case with Elie this season. “He was one of the best players in camp period. You could see the talent right away.” Yessie explained.
We are only a few days away from November and Elie now has 12 games under his belt. HockeyProspect.com has scouted several of them.
Despite limited ice-time in many of the games and posting just 4 points, Elie was able to impress us every time.
“One thing that jumped out at me after watching a few shifts was that Remi plays a pro-style game,” said HP’s Director of Scouting, Mark Edwards.
“He keeps it simple. He doesn’t try to dangle through the neutral zone with all kinds of unnecessary moves. He plays a puck in, puck out, protect the puck, drive to the net, battle hard – pro-style game.”
Remi’s minutes were increased this past weekend, making it easier for him to become more of a factor in the games.
“His shot is high end and he got to show it off more than usual this past weekend,” added Edwards. “He was used on the Knights power-play and he blasted away few one-timers, including a couple that could have beheaded Garrett Sparks. He told me after the game that he was a bit nervous. Nervous or not, Remi is already a top 40 prospect in my book, I can’t wait to watch him when he has about 30 games under his belt.”
Remi Elie is a strong kid. He has a good stride and looks very smooth as he moves around the rink. He battles hard to win pucks and shows good hockey sense.
As with many young players, especially one with only small amount of OHL games under his belt, he is prone to the odd mental error. Having said that, Remi has shown an ability to read the ice very well and will be able to play in all situations.
“After watching him on the power-play, I won’t be shocked if that continues,” said Edwards. “The Knights don’t exactly have a power-play QB on the back-end and it’s not like Dale (Hunter) hasn’t shown a willingness to use forwards over D-men in the past.”
So what should we expect from Remi as he continues his rookie season in the OHL?
“I think his minutes will continue to increase, while he might not be a pure or natural goal scorer, the kid creates offense and works his tail off,” remarked Edwards. “He had some shifts with Griffith (Seth) on the weekend, so I’d say that is as good a sign as any. I see a player with his draft stock on the rise and I’ll bet he posts more than 4 points in his next 12 games.”