Jack McBain, Toronto Junior Canadiens (OJHL)
Position: Center (Left-hand shot)
Age on Draft Day: 18
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 197 lbs.
2017-18 Stats: 21-27-58 (48 Games Played)
Draft Ranking: 35th (NHL Scouting Central), 50th (The Hockey Writers), 54th (Future Considerations)
Jack McBain is an intriguing prospect in the 2018 draft. Different scouting websites have him all over the place in the second round. Some even chart him going late in the first. It’s because with McBain, there is a lot to like, but a bunch of question marks are in tow as well.
McBain took a big gamble two seasons ago. He was drafted by the OHL’s Barrie Colts, but elected not join the team in order to maintain his amateur status. Instead, he played for the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens for two seasons in order to be NCAA eligible. He is committed to Boston College in the fall. Essentially, to play in college and get an education, Jack McBain continued to play against lesser competition in the OJHL instead of joining Barrie in the OHL.
So what does it all end up meaning? McBain has a pretty impressive stat line for the OJHL, and while he was a very, very good player in that league, you would hope that someone making the choices McBain made would blow everyone out of the water. The NCAA should give us a better idea next year to determine where Jack McBain truly projects.
He has all the right skills to be great center in the NHL, but with some rough edges. He is a strong skater, but only in a straight line; his agility needs some work. He’s already got an NHL body, but he’s still only 18. He has got good reach and is not afraid to use his size, with a well-developed defensive game. His puck skills are strong and seems to have a good hockey sense. These are all things necessary to be a really good center in the NHL. But still, his career has been in the OJHL.
Here is a highlight video set to some AC/DC track to help you decide:
Jack McBain needs to work on his skating. That much is clear. But the rest of his toolbox? He has the raw goods to be a power forward/playmaker. It all comes down to how much you believe McBain will find success at the next level in the NCAA with Boston College. He has serious swing-and-miss potential for anyone drafting him. He also has total steal material written on him. Likely, it will take a while for us fans to learn one way or another, but in the meantime some professional scout is going to pitch to his team why Jack McBain is THE guy to pick in the second round. Maybe that scout works for Detroit. And Detroit does have two picks in the second. Maybe one of them could be a flier on this guy?
Would you draft Jack McBain for Detroit?
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Yes, with a second rounder.
Yes, but with Detroit’s late first rounder.
Yes, but only if he slides to the third round.