Evan McEneny – Kitchener Rangers
Wt: 205 LBS
Position: Defence – shoots left
D.O.B.: May 22, 1994
Another one of those players with a season ending injury, and like Alex Galchenyuk, McEneny’s season ended early, just two games into the 2011-2012 season when a torn ACL sidelined him. But unlike Galchenyuk, he doesn’t have a phenomenal 2010-11 season on which to rely.
McEneny was drafted in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft. He played in 44 games for the Rangers and registered 4 assists. He came into this season eager and prepared and notched two assists in his first game before a harmless shoulder to shoulder hit caused his knee injury.
Although he’s only played in two games this season – 2 assists in his first game -, McEneny made the NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings at number 211 as a limited viewing. In Many circles, there are those who believe had McEneny played this season, it’s not a question of if he’d be on the list but how high, and yours truly is one of them.
He was on NHL Central Scouting’s pre-season C list of players to watch from the OHL. He was also listed on Central Scouting’s preliminary list of top 25 from the OHL as a limited view along with Daniil Zharkov and another defenseman, Adam Pelech of the Erie Otters.
McEneny already has good size and bulk on his frame. He’s a naturally gifted offensive defenseman. He can make a very good first pass or skate out of danger and very adept at joining the rush. He has a good hockey IQ and plays both sides of the puck. He effectively uses his size in the physical department.
Should McEneny get drafted in June he’ll be a project and NHL teams will depend heavily on medical information on how he is recovering from his surgery. A team that has depth in prospects on the blue line however may be willing to take the chance. If I were running the draft for an NHL team with such depth, that’s certainly how I’d feel. A definite high risk – high reward type player.