Riley Sheahan sits at #25 on my draft list despite some rather pedestrian offensive totals at Notre Dame (37GP – 6G – 11A – 17PTS) but most reports have him in that ballpark.
Sheahan brings more to the game than offence. THN describes him as a “perfect fit” for the New Jersey Devils because of his willingness to play a defensive game, and one scout called him the most complete player in the draft. He has good size (6’2”, 200lbs) and displays a willingness to use it, and he’s competitive but disciplined. He’s also versatile, and played in a variety of situations for Notre Dame – including a brief stint on defence, thanks to injuries. He’s also a capable passer.
Of course, his scoring touch isn’t all that good, and skating isn’t a strength. Whoever ends up picking him needs to decide if it’s worth drafting a player without high-end offensive upside.
Sheahan’s a specialist, but his size and the way he plays the game is going to make him attractive to NHL clubs, and even more attractive to NHL coaches.
McKeen’s Rank: #26 - “Sheahan has great instincts, which allowed him to survive and his playmaking skills and ability to make others around him better is what warranted his ice time.”
THN Rank: #19 - “He had just six goals as a freshman, but drew plaudits for his defensive play.”