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#1 Please Call 911

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:34 AM

Sean Day, a 15 year old defenseman, was granted exceptional player status in the OHL and subsequently selected 4th overall by the Missasauga Steelheads. He is the first player granted exceptional player status not drafted first overall.

For those of you who are not familiar with the OHL's exceptional player status, it is when a player is underage for the OHL draft and is granted permission to be drafted a year ahead of his OHL draft year. This status is usually reserved for great players. John Tavares was awarded this status in 2005 and he became the 2008 1st overall pick. Other exceptional players include Aaron Ekblad (2011, 2014 NHL Draft Eligible) who is looking to be either 1st or 2nd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, with Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid (2012, 2015 NHL Draft Eligible) who is leading the OHL in points by a rookie and looking like a 1st overall pick in 2015, and now Sean Day.

It seems the OHL is making this an annual thing, granting players exceptional status now, considering it's happened for the third year in a row. Before 2011 there had only been one player who had been granted this status. Not sure if this is a good thing that they are doing this annualy, I personally liked it better when they did it a lot less frequently ie. Tavares in '05 and then Ekblad in '11

http://www.nhl.com/i...id=nhl:topheads
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:48 AM

This happened a while ago. Anyways the teams that passed over Day in the draft are going to regret it. He is going to be the best skater in the OHL next year and when it's his draft year he will be the best player in the OHL.

Oh and btw, Brian Kilrea said that Sean Day is the best 14 year old hockey player he has ever seen.

He's about 6'1 - 6'2 and somewhere around 180 - 200 pounds... as a 14/15 year old.

Here are some highlights (although they are only from one game):
oh in case you couldn't tell he's number 4 for white



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:57 AM

This is an absolute steal for the Steelheads, good on them.
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

It's becoming annual because the skill level and development is getting better. No point in him sticking around in his local league where he wont grow, he'll get a lot more experience and help up in the OHL. It's nothing to "not like," its great for the game of hockey!
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 01:13 PM

So are these getting chucked out more for a reason, or are young players actually getting better?
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

So are these getting chucked out more for a reason, or are young players actually getting better?

Its becoming more common that younger players are getting to good for local leagues, and development leagues.
My good friend is up in a camp in Prince George right now, it's a U16 prospect development camp, they make three stops (Prince George, Terrace, and Osoyoos) But he said the kids are crazy, and 1/3 of these kids are drafted into the WHL
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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:51 PM

This happened a while ago. Anyways the teams that passed over Day in the draft are going to regret it. He is going to be the best skater in the OHL next year and when it's his draft year he will be the best player in the OHL.

Oh and btw, Brian Kilrea said that Sean Day is the best 14 year old hockey player he has ever seen.

He's about 6'1 - 6'2 and somewhere around 180 - 200 pounds... as a 14/15 year old.

Here are some highlights (although they are only from one game):
oh in case you couldn't tell he's number 4 for white


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxbUqer58O4


I think he's 6'2-6'3. I've seen him listed as 6'3 on a couple sites. Phenomenal skater, for any size, never mind Edler sized.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:52 AM

Wow. Looking forward to seeing this kid play.
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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:09 AM

Whoa great skater/ puck handling, a great 4th pick.
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Posted 08 July 2013 - 06:01 AM

So are these getting chucked out more for a reason, or are young players actually getting better?


Its called - the stuff they pump our milk and food with..is making kids bigger and stronger

Go watch and elite 14 yr old team. You'll see kids 6'0 + 180lbs

When I was that age, there was always ONE really big guy, he played center on our bball team and had no coordination because he was growing into this body.

Now, you see a strong majority of bigger kids, who are very coordinated etc. Sure training is better but honestly, its all the steroids they're putting in our chickens, cows, etc ...

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:52 PM

6'3" and almost 200lbs and he's 15?! Holy crap!
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

Sean Day is eligible for 2015 draft? Woah, Ekblad vs Reinhart (even though Ekblad is probably going to win it). Now McDavid vs Day?
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:46 PM

Its called - the stuff they pump our milk and food with..is making kids bigger and stronger

Go watch and elite 14 yr old team. You'll see kids 6'0 + 180lbs

When I was that age, there was always ONE really big guy, he played center on our bball team and had no coordination because he was growing into this body.

Now, you see a strong majority of bigger kids, who are very coordinated etc. Sure training is better but honestly, its all the steroids they're putting in our chickens, cows, etc ...


That's what I'd imagine.. it's the crap put in food nowadays that produces monster kids.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:48 PM

Sean Day is eligible for 2015 draft? Woah, Ekblad vs Reinhart (even though Ekblad is probably going to win it). Now McDavid vs Day?


he's a 2016, everyone else taken in that ohl priority draft is 2015
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:08 PM

he's a 2016, everyone else taken in that ohl priority draft is 2015


So Benson vs Day then correct?
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:10 PM

So Benson vs Day then correct?


Yep. Has potential to be Mackinnon vs Jones 2.0.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:52 PM

Its becoming more common that younger players are getting to good for local leagues, and development leagues.
My good friend is up in a camp in Prince George right now, it's a U16 prospect development camp, they make three stops (Prince George, Terrace, and Osoyoos) But he said the kids are crazy, and 1/3 of these kids are drafted into the WHL



I just went and watched my nephew play in his summer Bantam league and the skill level was phenomenal. Most of the 2nd year bantams were around the 6 foot range and solidly built.
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:32 PM

Anyone know which 3 players were selected before him?
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:39 PM

Anyone know which 3 players were selected before him?

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Travis Konecny was the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection to the Ottawa 67's followed by Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters, and Matt Spencer to the Peterborough Petes.

strome looks like a young linden...

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:43 PM

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Travis Konecny was the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection to the Ottawa 67's followed by Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters, and Matt Spencer to the Peterborough Petes.

strome looks like a young linden...

brother of Ryan Strome?
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:45 PM

brother of Ryan Strome?


Correct
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:26 AM

konecny is a solid talent, i'm excited to see how he does as he grows
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:53 AM

How do three teams pass on a kid who is literally labeled as "exceptional"?
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