Shane Prince (C-L, 5’10, DOB 1992, 2-61/11)
2009-10 OHL Kitchener/Ottawa 65-15-15-30 -2 45pim (ppg 0.50) 8th
2010-11 OHL Ottawa 59-25-63-88 +43 18pim (ppg 1.49) 2nd
2011-12 OHL Ottawa 57-43-47-90 +34 12pim (ppg 1.57) 2nd
The intense Prince was picked by the Senators at the end of the second round (ranked #26 by Central Scouting). He followed up his breakout season last year with a strong campaign this year (the 67s are still in the playoffs), although he did not make the US World Junior Championship team. He’ll likely be signed and join Binghamton in the fall. As an undersized forward, it will be interesting to see how his game translates at the pro level. Red Line Report was a big fan, saying, “We love everything about him – except his inability to stay healthy. Plays much bigger than his mediocre size; edgy player who isn’t afraid to stick his nose in – very competitive and smart. Biggest concern in his penchant for carrying the puck into traffic without regard for his body – takes some big hits to make plays but also ended up with a bum shoulder and a head/neck injury late in the season. Has terrific speed and is an agile, elusive skater. Makes imaginative passes at top end gear – excellent vision and playmaking skills. Team catalyst has tremendous work ethic. Blocks a ton of shots on the PK unit and starts dangerous rushes the other way, transitioning from defence to offence in a heartbeat. His team was one of the OHL’s best with him in the lineup, and couldn’t win a game when he was out injured.” ISS said, “Prince hasn’t enjoyed a lot of the same hype that fellow OHLer Ryan Strome has even while eclipsing him in the scoring column for part of the season. The reason for this is that scouts believe Prince‘s stronger supporting cast is amplifying his skill set and that without this he doesn’t project as well. Ranked much higher at CSS, however ISS scouts have not been impressed by Prince’s production away from his star teammate Tyler Toffoli. Prince is the big risk/reward!” All his skills were listed as very good except his size/strength which is “average”. Here’s Prince being drafted and here’s a highlight package.