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2021-22 Team: Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Date of Birth: April 13, 2004
Place of Birth: North Reading, MA, USA
Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 192 pounds
Shoots: L
Position: D
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2022 first-year eligible



Jackson Dorrington, along with his brother Max who plays for St. Lawrence University, are distant cousins of the late Art Dorrington. Art was the first black hockey player to sign an NHL contract, though he never played in the NHL. Now, Jackson looks to hear his name called in the NHL Entry Draft ahead of his first collegiate season.


First and foremost, he’s a big guy who looks to play a two-way game. He uses his size to engage physically and can use either his size or his stick to take the puck from opponents in puck battles. He’s also used that size to defend opposing rushes and deny zone entries. Additionally, he had decent gap control and the ability to pivot well to either side. 

He doesn’t take many risks with the puck, and can use that safety to make smart breakout passes to help his team transition into the offensive zone. Given the time and space, especially while on the power play, he can make some good passes to set up teammates.


He struggles with certain aspects of skating, despite some of the aforementioned successes. He doesn’t have the best agility or acceleration and can be beaten wide by opposing forwards. He also has some low-IQ moments that he’ll look to improve upon at the collegiate level, and can be caught out of position and cheating in some cases in the defensive zone. He’ll play for Northeastern University starting in the 2022-23 season.


Jackson Dorrington – NHL Draft Projection

Dorrington’s size is going to attract some teams, but he has a lot to work on. He’s not going to be stepping into the NHL in the near future, and will really need to put the work in at the collegiate level. He could be taken in the latter rounds of the draft, say the sixth round or later. It’s a bit of a drop-off, considering he was ranked as a B-prospect on the NHL Central Scouting 21-22 Preliminary Players To Watch List, which projects a prospect to be a 2nd/3rd round candidate.


“Dorrington is a two-way defender who made calm and poised plays with the puck on his stick in all three zones. He has really good gaps and angles that allow him to hold the blue line and break up zone entries. He uses his size and strength to play with an active stick and edge defending. He pivots well to both sides, but must continue to work on his foot speed and agility. There were times in the game where he was puck watching in his end. He will need to clean up some defensive zone deficiencies for the next level. He projects to be a mid-to-late round pick that could end up playing a depth 5-7 role in the pros.” – Anderson Clark (from Nov. 13, 2021 Jackson Dorrington Scouting Report,’ FC Hockey, Nov. 13, 2021)


“Jackson loves to be physical, has great instincts, he can skate the puck out, makes great passes and he can be a big shut-down guy. Both him and Max, every practice, every game, they make an impact.” – Steve Jacobs, Cushing Academy boys hockey coach (from “Color of Hockey: Dorrington’s legacy lives on” by William Douglas, NHL)


  • Size
  • Physicality and stick positioning
  • Defending the rush

Under Construction – Improvements to Make

  • Positioning
  • Acceleration and agility
  • Can get caught puck-watching
  • Loses his man and allows him to get open for chances-against

NHL Potential

He will need a lot of development and rounding out his overall game before making the jump to pro. He has a good amount of tools to build on, and taking his time at Northeastern University will hugely benefit him. He could find himself in that bottom-pair/depth defenseman role should he gets to the NHL level. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cal Foote, son of former NHLer Adam Foote, is someone who came to mind as a comparison.

Cal is also a bigger defenseman, even bigger than Dorrington, and plays a two-way game. He sees relatively third pair minutes with virtually no special teams time, and has been the seventh defenseman at times. That fifth-to-seventh defenseman role looks like one for Dorrington, though he could see some secondary special teams time should his agility and positioning improve. However, it really depends on the team that drafts him.

Risk-Reward Analysis

Risk – 3.5/5, Reward – 3/5

Fantasy Hockey Potential

Offense – 5/10, Defense – 4/10



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3 hours ago, Stierlitz said:


Sounds about as excited as you’d expect from a Boston area kid drafted by Vancouver. ;) 


I’m sure he’s actually really happy. I just got a good chuckle out of the rather deadpan/monotone delivery this “Junior Bruin” used while he was talking about the greatness of the Canucks organization and fanbase.


EDIT: The microexpressions here are also hilarious. The little sideways shake of his head when he says “I’m super excited” and breaking eye contact and glancing away from camera right at the exact moment when he says “it’s such a great organization.” 

(I’m not being serious. Just found it funny.)

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20 hours ago, -Vintage Canuck- said:


Nice work! 


Those are some bigger names on that list ... Are they going to be making cuts towards their future junior team or is it just a summer development camp? 

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9 minutes ago, VancouverHabitant said:

Nice work! 


Those are some bigger names on that list ... Are they going to be making cuts towards their future junior team or is it just a summer development camp? 

I don't believe they'll be making any cuts for the Summer Showcase. It's just a friendly against Finland and Sweden. Gives the coaches a chance to see how players are developing over the summer and to start to figure out who they want to invite to the actual WJ Camp in the winter. 


Also, the USA is icing two teams, a white and a blue, for this as well.

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