Off The Post: Jamie Drysale, NHL Entry Draft Prospect – In the latest edition of Off The Post, Russ Cohen catches up with Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale.
Drysdale is projected to be the first defenceman selected in the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft and is expected to go within the top five picks according to most analysts.
Born in Toronto, ON, Drysdale grew up in the Toronto Marlboros system and showed immediate promise, counting 50 points (including 42 assists) in his U16 season. Drysdale was later picked up by the OHL’s Erie Otters and has spent the last two seasons with the junior league club. Over 102 total games, Drysdale tallied 87 points, including 71 assists from the blue line. Drysdale’s keen leadership sense was recognized by the Otters, who handed the rearguard an “A” as Assistant Captain this past season.
Drysdale’s impressive play caught the attention of Hockey Canada, who has brought the youngster to two major international tournaments thus far. During the 2018-19 hockey season, Drysdale played in the U18 tournament, registering two points and a +7 rating during play. One year later, Drysdale played at the World Junior Hockey Championship, and this time counted three points, including his first international competition goal, as he helped Canada win the gold medal.
It was around this time that collectors started to get a good peak at Drysdale. The 5’11” defenceman made his major cardboard debut in 2018-19 Upper Deck CHL Hockey, and since then has made additional appearances in CHL and Team Canada series produced by the California-based company, including the premium SP Game Used product released earlier this year.
With a large number of teams hungry for blueline expertise, Drysdale will not be waiting long to hear his name called on Draft Day. Expect fans and collectors to get behind this exciting prospect very quickly!