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COLE CANDELLA  Canada 40.png  
 
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BIRTHYEAR 1998-02-13 BIRTHPLACE Fort Erie, ON, CAN
AGE 18 NATION Canada
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 186 cm / 6'1" WEIGHT 84 kg / 185 lbs
NHL DRAFT 2016 round 5 #140 overall by Vancouver Canucks
RANKINGS Ranked #141 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #118 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #99 by Future Considerations
Ranked #107 by McKeen's Hockey
Ranked #85 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
 
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 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2012-13 stats_arrow.gif Toronto Jr. Canadiens Bantam AAA stats_arrow.gif GTBHL - - - - -   |              
 2013-14 stats_arrow.gif Vaughan Kings Minor Midget AAA A.png stats_arrow.gif GTMMHL 33 6 14 20 10   | stats_arrow.gif Playoffs 10 1 3 4 12  
  stats_arrow.gif Vaughan Kings Minor Midget AAA A.png stats_arrow.gif Midget 60 11 43 54 -   |              
  stats_arrow.gif Vaughan Kings Midget AAA stats_arrow.gif GTHL 2 0 0 0 0   | stats_arrow.gif Playoffs 4 0 1 1 2  
  stats_arrow.gif Milton Icehawks stats_arrow.gif OJHL 3 0 0 0 0   | stats_arrow.gif Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0  
 2014-15 stats_arrow.gif Belleville Bulls stats_arrow.gif OHL 60 0 6 6 12 -4 |              
 2015-16 stats_arrow.gif Hamilton Bulldogs  stats_arrow.gif OHL 37 4 16 20 12 -12 |              
 

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Cole Candella is quietly becoming the leader on the Bulldogs' blue line this season. (Brandon Taylor/Hamilton Bulldogs)

Cole Candella – The Next Ones: NHL 2016 Draft Prospect Profile

MARCH 10TH, 2016 Andrew ForbesBY ANDREW FORBES

 

Cole Candella

2015-16 Team: Hamilton Bulldogs (#20)

Date of birth: February 13th, 1998

Place of birth: Fort Erie, Ontario

Ht:  6’1″ Wt: 189 lbs.

Shoots: Left

Position: D

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 1st year eligible

Twitter: @cole_candella

THW The Next Ones Ranking (February): Unranked

Other Rankings:

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Cole Candella, Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL, Hockey, NHL Draft

Cole Candella is quietly making a name for himself on the Bulldogs’ blue line. (Brandon Taylor/Hamilton Bulldogs)

Candella was drafted by the Belleville Bulls in the second round of the 2014 OHL Draft – 23rd overall. While he struggled to adjust to the OHL game in his first season with Belleville, recording just six assists in 60 games in 2014-15, Candella found the next step to his game this season.

With the Bulls’ move to Hamilton – becoming the Bulldogs in 2015-16 – Candella’s notched four goals and 20 points in 37 games. While his minus-12 is not the most impressive stat, it can boil down to the overall play of Hamilton this season.

Candella was forced into a leadership role on a young blueline after their back end mainstay, Justin Lemcke, went down with aninjury. While he’s taken advantage of the opportunity offensively, Candella’s game in the defensive zone has also been exposed slightly.

He’s a big body that isn’t afraid to go into the dirty areas. He should be able to grow into a two-way defenceman with a powerful shot from the blue line – and has the ability to control the tempo of the game with his puck possession skills.

NHL Draft Projection:

At only 18, Candella still has a lot of time to develop his skills further. However, the 6’1” defenceman has the all-around skill and physicality to be a solid shutdown blueliner. While he’s not one of the top defensemen in the draft, Candella should have his name tossed around early in the fourth round.

Quotables:

Candella is a second year defender who has really stepped up in [Lemcke’s] absence to take control of a young defense corps. A jack of all trades kind of defender, Candella has been showing a lot more offensively in recent weeks, and as his confidence grows, so will the production. With good size and a well-rounded skill set, he’s certainly a candidate for a top three round selection.

Brock Otten, OHL Prospects

Statistics:

Strengths:

  • Speed
  • Puck Control
  • Physicality
  • Defensive end play

Under Construction (Improvements to Make):

  • Offensive awareness
  • Quarterbacking the powerplay

NHL Potential:

While Candella does have to work on some of the smaller points of his game, he’s quietly made a point to become a late third-round pick in the NHL draft. He likely won’t slot in as a defenceman on the top pairing, but could make a solid three or four if he can hone in on his ability to see the ice and control the tempo of play. He could grow into a solid powerplay quarterback with quite a bit of offensive upside.

NHL Player(s) Comparison – Tyson Barrie

Risk-Reward Analysis:  

Risk: 2.5/5   Reward: 3.5/5

Fantasy Hockey Potential:

Offensive = 6/10   Defensive = 6/10

Shots From the Slot:

Candella has shown an ability to stay out of the box while remaining a physical asset to the OHL’s Bulldogs. While he’s just started to show his offensive skill in the OHL, Candella recorded 54 points in 60 games with the Minor Midget Vaughn Kings in 2013-14. He loves to rush the puck up the ice and says he looks up to defenceman like his favourite player – Drew Doughty.

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@CoreyPronman 

Vancouver pick Candella could have gotten more hype if played a full season and maintained same level. Guy I'm intrigued by.

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3 minutes ago, Blue_Jays_Canucks said:

STEAL! 

Would you like to *briefly explain to me why you like this player?  

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Another left handed D? Come on... we're already stacked with them. Edler, Hamhuis, Hutton, Nikta the tree, Sbisas Pizza. and drafting Ollie in the 1st. could of traded the pick. lol

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1 minute ago, gmen81 said:

@CoreyPronman 

Vancouver pick Candella could have gotten more hype if played a full season and maintained same level. Guy I'm intrigued by.

 

Definitely worth taking a shot with in the fifth round.

 

I'm glad we're adding more defensive prospects as well.

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1 minute ago, Ryanstorm said:

 

Another left handed D? Come on... we're already stacked with them. Edler, Hamhuis, Hutton, Nikta the tree, Sbisas Pizza. could of traded the pick. lol

 

By the time Candella is potentially ready for an NHL look, Edler will probably be 33-34, Hamhuis will be long gone, and I highly doubt Sbisa will be here.

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5 minutes ago, Blue_Jays_Canucks said:

STEAL! 

Do you know much about this kid? If you've seen him play, please elaborate.

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After the last Cole we drafted, I was hoping we stay away from any Cole for a few years but it is what it is.

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6 minutes ago, Ryanstorm said:

 

Another left handed D? Come on... we're already stacked with them. Edler, Hamhuis, Hutton, Nikta the tree, Sbisas Pizza. and drafting Ollie in the 1st. could of traded the pick. lol

 

Could have* 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, BananaMash said:

 

By the time Candella is potentially ready for an NHL look, Edler will probably be 33-34, Hamhuis will be long gone, and I highly doubt Sbisa will be here.

Sbisa will probably be taken by Vegas in the expansion draft

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Takes CDC to throw their arms up in the air and get heated over a 5th round pick. The Canucks have had some luck with drafting defensemen in the 5th round in the past, let's hope this kid is another great pick. He sounds like he could have gone higher 

 

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Candella scored four goals and 20 points for Hamilton, while also being tasked with playing against the opponents number one line. He is a good skater, with strong edgework and pivots. He has great mobility in both directions, that really helps him be a two-way player. Candella has good stickhandling ability, and can skate the puck away from fore checkers and out of danger. He is also a very good passer, both in starting the transition game and acting as a power play quarterback.

Defensively, Candella has good positioning and awareness in the defensive zone. He could be even better if he develops more of a physical game. He is not afraid to be physical in front of the net, or in the corners, but could be a bigger hitter. This may come with added muscle.

 

 

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