Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage between picks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Draft Profile: Eric Cornel

Name: Eric Cornel

Position: Centre/Right Wing

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 185 lbs.

2013-14 Team: Peterborough Petes

From: Kempville, Ontario

“Cornel is a strong skater with NHL speed. He has a heads-up game carrying and moving the puck around, good vision and hands in traffic. He’s a very good playmaker, able to make plays while being checked and very effective winning faceoffs.” -Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting.

Drafted third overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft, Eric Cornel suffered through a disappointing debut with his Peterborough Petes in 2012-13, putting up just 16 points in 63  games. Following a summer in which he added changed his workout regimen to add size and strength, Cornel was able to improve his totals to 62 points in 68 games in 2013-14.

“The one thing with Eric is he is a student,” Says Petes GM Mike Oke. “He’s intelligent. He’s committed at school. When he comes to the rink, he’s not afraid to ask questions and look at some video because he wants to get better.”

A versatile forward, Cornel can line up at centre or on the right wing, though he seems most comfortable in the latter position, perhaps because his defensive weaknesses are less exposed on the wing.

While Cornel’s biggest physical strength is his rare mix of size and speed, he is also known for his high-end, albeit at times inconsistent, technical ability- receiving praise for his stick skills, playmaking ability, and blistering shot. It’s an intimidating sight when he manages to put all these talents together. Cornel has been compared to Marian Hossa by coaches, and lists Jason Spezza as his favorite player.

Cornel is projected to be picked somewhere in the mid-second round of this year’s draft, Bob MacKenzie and Craig Button’s January rankings saw him placed at 38 and 39, respectively.

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