TORONTO,CANADA - MAY 28:  Riley Sheahan poses for a portrait prior to testing at the 2010 NHL Combine on May 28, 2010 at the Westin Bristol Place in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.”

Comments (2)

  1. This report reminds me an awful lot of Kyle Chipchura, picked in the first round (18th) by the Canadiens in 2004. Great defensive awareness, great hockey instincts, good size and willing to use it, not that great offensively, not a great skater… that makes for a fantastic 4th liner. First round picks shouldn’t go to fourth liners IMO – they’re a dime a dozen on the UFA market.

  2. Chipchura was also drafted in the 1st round in large part due to his leadership qualities. He was one of those guys who “future NHL captain” could be found in just about every scouting report you could find on the guy. I really don’t know anything about Sheehan other than what I’ve read from scouting reports, but I don’t think he’s got the same sort of reputation Chipchura had.

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