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Easton Cowan



Skating:

Above average, Cowan is able to hit the puck with speed and is able to use his edges to elude defenders. He has the top end speed to break away from defenders and win the puck races.


Passing/Handling:

Above average, always seems to be one step ahead and able to find an open teammate or make a quick one touch pass that creates an offensive rush.


Shooting:

Cowan loves to shoot, snapping the puck towards the net whenever he is in the offensive zone. He has an average shot, but he is not the go to shooter on the PP. That being said when the puck does come to him, he is able to beat goalies with a quick one timer.


IQ (Vision, Anticipation, Panic/Poise):

Average to above average. Cowans passing in tight coverage shows very little panic, however being a skilled player he also makes more mistakes than the average player. The majority of careless turnovers I saw were early in the season and it did seem like he improved on this as the season went on.


Forechecking:

Average, he's not going to be the hard forechecker chasing down defenders but he sure is great at getting in passing lanes and causing turnovers. That being said, when the opportunity for a hit presents itself he will take it, especially late in games and down by a few goals. I watched a game live against Sarnia and as the score got further apart you could see his demeaner change and got chippier and chippier until he finally dropped the gloves.


Defense:

Average, being a winger he sure is active and covers well in his own end. He is a great penalty killer getting in the lanes and not afraid to block shots.


Best Asset:

Cowans best asset is his shiftiness, eluding defenders and finding an open teammate.


Biggest Concern:

My biggest concern is him being able to do this at the next level with more skillful and faster defenders. I don't think this will entirely be an issue, just might have to refine and play a safer game.


Top Tier/Role Potential:

65-75 points top 6 potential


Justification for Top Tier Assessment:

He has the moves and passing ability to fit into a top 6 role. With an average shot he will be able to finish off a few goals as well.


50th Percentile Tier/Role:

55-65 points, top 6


Justification for 50th Percentile Tier Assessment:

Cowans style of play isn't suitable for a bottom 6 role, and I think he has the pure skill to make the NHL which lands him in a top 6 role.


Stylistic Comparable:

Watching Cowan he reminds me of a Marner light, with his shiftiness and smooth passing ability. In addition to him causing turnovers by shifting into the lanes of oncoming passes and fearless ability on the PK.


With this being said, I do not expect the points Marner puts up, Cowan plays more of a game to the outer edges unlike Marner finding open ice in the center.


Scouts Final Thoughts and Additional Stats/Info:

Leafs should be happy with there late first round pick. He looks like he could be contributing to the team in the next 2-3 years.


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