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Jarrod Maidens made a name for himself when he scored the OT winner in game 7 of the 2011 OHL Finals to give his Owen Sound Attack the title.  Unfortunately, his follow-up season wasn’t all the first one was cracked up to be as a concussion limited the forward to just 28 games. However, Maidens still put up 23 points in this limited action – nearly a point-a-game pace if my math is correct.

The fourth overall pick in the 2010 OHL Draft, Maidens was somewhat of a sensation in minor midget putting up a gaudy 104 points in 58 games with the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs. He was also a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning Under-17 team in 2011.

Vitals

Height: 6’0

Weight: 178 pounds

Position: Left Wing

Born: March 4, 1994

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“He has definite upside, but I don’t think he’ll be a high-end guy,” said one scout. “Looks like a third-liner. Good skater, but needs to increase his offense.” A concussion slowed Maidens, but not all talent hawks are down on the young man. “He’s a big body with skill,” said another scout. “good puck skills, hands and creativity.”

The fact that Maidens has already proven himself in the clutch is another checkmark beside his name. “It means a lot because he did it at key times,” said the scout. “for a 16-year-old to come through, even the fact he was on the ice at the time is a credit to Maidens and showed that coach Mark Reeds trusted him.”

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He’s a good centerman, a good two-way player. He had some injury trouble, but is definitely one of the better 17-year-olds in the league. He would have put up good numbers if he had played the entire year.

Though Maidens has a clutch performance under his belt and is very young, injuries have to be of concern to clubs looking to draft him. He hasn’t played a full game of hockey since November 30th and, even in his successful rookie campaign, was limited to 47 games due to a hip injury.

Post-scouting combine, Maidens was the 35th-ranked North American skater by Central Scouting. A fall to the second round is not out of the question for the talented, yet risky, forward though it wouldn’t shock me to see the Rangers or Canucks take a chance on Maidens at the end of the first round. With his playoff experience and high scoring ceiling, Maidens may be worth the gamble. If only for the glut of “Iron Maiden” pun-headlines that are sure to follow his first NHL goal.

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