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Road to the NHL Draft: Jake Bean

Jake Bean

Position: Defenseman

Junior team: Calgary (WHL)

Born: Calgary, Alberta

Measurables: 6-foot, 173 pounds

2015-16 stats: 68 games, 24 goals, 40 assists, 64 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 15 (North America)

Lowdown: One of the most coveted positions in hockey is a puck-moving defenseman, the player who has the poise and accuracy to get his team out of its zone in a hurry. That’s why Bean will be highly coveted on draft night.

The pinpoint passer has the skills to run a power play, but more importantly he can start offensive rushes from his own zone. With impressive footwork and solid hockey sense, Bean can get out of trouble and create trouble in just a few strides. He scored 24 goals, so he has a shot that can find its way through traffic. He showed leadership ability when defense partner and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim left for the world juniors.

A late bloomer who was passed over in the Western Hockey League bantam draft, Bean could use more bulk on his frame. His lack of size makes him less eager to engage in physical play.

They said it: “He’s certainly been impactful. He really worked hard at developing a real good shot and made that an asset. He’s certainly using it. It’s been a real nice addition to his game.” – Mark French, Calgary coach, to the Calgary Herald.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 24-25 in First Niagara Center.

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