Position: Left Wing
Birthdate: June 20, 1996
2013-14 Team: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
From: Woodbridge, Ontario
Corey Pronman (ESPN): 8
Craig Button (TSN): 5
Bob McKenzie (TSN): 5
Stats (from the OHL’s website):
There seems to be this overwhelming opinion about Dal Colle whenever a scout watches him that cannot be ignored. He isn’t loud or braggadocios away from the rink; he’s mild-mannered, in fact. But whenever he takes the ice and begins that relentless pursuit of the puck and drive to the net, you can sense the fire within.
“You can’t help but say to yourself, ‘Oh boy, there’s a [future] pro,'” NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory said.
The 6-foot-1.5, 179-pound left-handed shot, taken seventh in the 2012 OHL priority selection by the Generals, has that type of presence on the ice. NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr compared Dal Colle to Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf.
“I like to pride myself on my two-way game,” Dal Colle said. “I’m not a guy who is geared for all offense, but I like to play all over the ice. I’m best with the puck on the stick, creating my chances off the cycle and using my big body to an advantage.”
– NHL.com’s Mike Morreale
Watching his highlights, Michael Dal Colle looks pretty much NHL-ready to these eyes. He’s pretty skinny, but once he fills out that 6-foot-2 frame, he should be able to hold his own against bigger NHL defensemen no problem. He plays an aggressive game, has excellent offensive awareness and breakaway speed. If he continues to improve, I could easily see this guy as a legitimate top-line NHL left-winger for years to come.
Dal Colle seems to be the consensus number-five guy after Leon Draisaitl, but could probably fall anywhere in the three-to-seven range. Rumour has it the Edmonton Oilers (the owners of the third overall pick) really like Draisatl, so it’s possible they trade down. I think the most likely scenario for Dal Colle is he ends up with the New York Islanders at fifth overall or Vancouver Canucks at sixth, depending on where Draisaitl falls and if someone in the top four grabs William Nylander.