2016 NHL Draft: Red Wings select Jordan Sambrook in the 5th round at 137th overall

With in the 137th overall pick, the Red Wings select Jordan Sambrook.

With the 137th overall pick, the Red Wings selected Jordan Sambrook, a defenseman from the Erie Otters.

After the Red Wings took defensemen with smaller frames, Sambrook brings a bigger body to the team, while still having strong offensive capability.

During the post-pick press availability, Sambrook said he plays in all situations and models his play after Alex Pietrangelo. He grew up a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His goal this summer is to get stronger and put on some weight.

According to Elite Prospects, Sambrook is a "Smooth-skating two-way defenceman who displays solid creativity and offensive instincts, as well as a strong defensive game. Can play lengthy shifts due to his conservative style without the puck, and can be relied upon in all situations. Mobile with and without the puck, and could even become a bit quicker. His size allows him to be physically assertive and protect the puck well. All-in-all, a defenceman who has the potential to become a well-rounded all-around player that can log a lot of ice-time."

The Hockey News has Sambrook listed as their OHL sleeper for the 2016 entry draft, writing:

The Otters are deep and deadly this season, but keep an eye out for Sambrook. He's 6-foot-2, moves well and has a nice shot from the blueline. Hard to believe he was playing AAA minor hockey last year and is now part of the best team in the CHL.


Size: 6'2" / 185 Lbs

Birthday: April 11, 1998

Hometown: Markham, Ontario

Team/League: Erie (OHL)

Shoots: Right

Scouting Details from Future Considerations

Sambrook is an all-situations defender who shows off his versatility nearly every shift. He is a strong backward skater as he digs in and makes good use of edges, adding more to each push and stride. His pivots are smooth, quick and effective; however, he can get beat to the inside as he pivots to keep up with his man. He makes a strong first pass on the breakout to his man in the neutral zone, getting the puck through the lane with urgency. When the long outlet isn't available, Sambrook has the sense to know he needs to make the short and simple passes to move the puck forward. He's not one to drive forward in possession as he makes that hard outlet pass, instead limiting his overall offensive impact and potential. When he is manning the point, he makes good reads and knows when it is best to pinch and keep the puck in the zone, getting it to his man in the corner. He uses his reach very well on the outside as he defends the attacker on entry, using his reach to limit the gap and swipe the puck off the stick when he is able to do so effectively. In retrieval, Sambrook needs to be careful he doesn't get too comfortable and unaware of a man coming behind him. There were a few plays this season when he got complacent with a slow retrieval and lost foot races for pucks as he didn't realize the man was coming on. This third-pairing D-man on a deep Otters squad is a raw, underrated defender who has good upside.

NHL Potential: Bottom-Four Two-Way Defenseman.


Information from Elite Prospects

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