Thursday, May 26, 2011

E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120: Scott Harrington #79

By Eldon MacDonald

79. Scott Harrington - “Mr. Keep-it-simple” - D - Canada

Vitals: Size - 6’1”, 207 lb.; shoots left; born 10-Mar-93 - Kingstn, ON
Team: London, OHL
2010-11 Stats: 67-6-16-22-51-(-14) + OHL playoffs 6-0-1-1-0-(-5) + U18 7-0-0-0-8-(+2)
HM - Kirk Luedeke's Top 50 (HM = 51 to 58)
61 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
79 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
88 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
128 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (98th North American skater)
Draft result:
54 - Pittsburg Penguins

Former NHLer and London Knights General Manager, Mark Hunter, says Scott Harrington is going to be an NHLer too some day and I believe him. While there was a lot of buzz about Scott going into the year after he had a successful Ivan Hlinka tournament, that quickly died down as the offense expected of him never materialized. Scott markets himself as a shutdown defender who is a decent skater and when he plays like he markets himself he can be pretty effective. I have seen him on the power play and he has a decent shot but doesn’t seem to have the creativity necessary to be NHL type successful with his offense.

So, if you are looking for a decent skating, keep-it-simple-stupid, decent but not outstanding size, Scott Harrington may be your man. Personally, I feel we will see a much better Scott Harrington next year as gets a better idea of who he is and plays within his abilities. NHL Central Scouting has him fifth round but Bob MacKenzie’s January poll of scouts had him late second. My feeling is he will slip some from MacKenzie’s poll and be taken mid to late third or early fourth.


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