Jared McCann

Darren Walker

McCann is a very smart player with a good work ethic and great offensive instincts. He has a great first step that catches d-men off balance. Has the ability to go from zero to full speed in just a couple strides. McCann has good agility and is strong on his skates. He has solid hands to protect and control the puck in traffic. McCann has a deadly accurate shot with one of the quickest releases in this draft class. He gets himself into high-percentage scoring areas in the offensive zone. He has great vision and displays impressive passing skills nightly. His ability to find open teammates in traffic is uncanny. A natural playmaker. He battles hard for pucks and shows a willingness to go to dirty areas to create scoring chances. McCann not only is a skilled individual, but he also makes his teammates better, and brings out the best in their games with his impressive communication, vision and passing ability. While not a natural instinct, he plays physical when the chance presents itself and he thrives under the pressure of playing against the opposition’s top players. He works well along the boards, which allows him to make plays in the offensive zone. When in the offensive zone, he is consistently able to get to scoring areas and maintain position using his strength. He is rarely out of position. McCann has great instincts and hockey smarts. He sees the play develop far sooner than his counterparts. Has exceptional puck control, which he uses to create space for himself and his teammates. His versatility and ability to play both ends of the rink is impressive. He plays a real smart two-way game. McCann does all the little things well. He leads by example and has a high compete level. Not only is he still able to be an offensive threat for the Hounds, but McCann is taking care of business in his own end, and has been very impressive causing havoc on the forecheck. He’s often matched up against the opposition’s best offensive players, and he has thrived in that role. He shows he is willing to get into shooting lanes and block shots. He actively uses his stick to deflect pucks. McCann takes his defensive responsibilities just as seriously as his play in the offensive end. (May 2014)