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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shane Prince: A guy you should know

Every season, there are a handful of players who come from left field to make a sizeable impression on scouts in their draft year, rising up the lists and ultimately forcing their way into the top couple of rounds.

Ottawa 67's winger Shane Prince is one such player.

The New York native and late-1992 birthdate doesn't have great size, but has used his speed, intensity and opportunistic scoring touch to be a force up front for Ottawa this season. He's got excellent vision, instincts and a passion for the game,

A veteran of the OHL who had not done a great deal to distinguish himself over the first couple of seasons split between the Kitchener Rangers and 67's, posting 12- and 30-point campaigns. Prince has blossomed, scoring seven goals and 26 points in 16 games this season. In fact, he's been a foil to those players who every year come in with a lot of pre-draft hype and fail to deliver. This guy was barely a blip on anyone's radar, and it can now be argued that he's making a run for the OHL top-10 should he continue his productive play and high-energy game.

Others may not be sure given his limited success to date, so critical to his moving up the draft boards will be the need for him to continue his hot start. Since he has size working against him (5-9, 165-ish), he's got to maintain his explosiveness and intensity.

Prince has certainly helped himself a great deal in the early going, and at this stage, him landing anywhere in the top-65 on draft day would be a big win for him considering where he was on the prospect map coming in.

The interviewer underscores just how much Prince is flying under the radar with the opening of this clip.

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