Cumberland Grads defenseman Kevin Tansey is an intriguing sleeper for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A B2011DW key source clued us into Tansey recently and for that, this blog is grateful.
The Hammond, Ontario native is a Feb. 1993 birthdate who has pro hockey tools/skills and a 6-3, 210-pound body. He's been playing in the CCHL with Cumberland this season where he put up 13 goals and 29 points to go with a gritty 65 penalty minutes in 55 games. He's a Plymouth Whalers draft pick from 2009, and is the final player listed on Central Scouting's end-of-season rankings at 210.
We don't have a scouting report on him yet, but understand he's a mobile shutdown D with some emerging offensive potential. He's a big hitter and can fight, too. Raw, but highly interesting player well under the radar right now.
We plan to try and dig something up on him. We're told that he was at the Westin this week interviewing with teams and has a very good chance of being drafted with his size and potential.
Tansey is a Clarkson University recruit currently slated for 2012, but that could all change given the current state of that program and the need for Tansey to avoid another year of low-level competition that could potentially stall his development before even reaching the NCAA ranks with a struggling program.
More on Tansey later. Until then, here's a highlight package on him: