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: Dysin Mayo

Name: Dysin Mayo

Position: Defense

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 181 lbs.

2013-14 Team: Edmonton Oil Kings

From: Victoria, BC.

Just weeks after capturing the Memorial Cup, Dysin Mayo will add to his accomplishments at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The 17-year-old played a vital role in the Edmonton Oil Kings’ Memorial Cup win, spearheading his team’s attack from the back with 15 points in 21 post-season games.

Mayo is a classical puck-mover: He possesses the technical ability to orchestrate plays, speed and strength to navigate the ice, and vision to link up with his teammates.

“Mayo is a smooth skater with balance and power who can skate the puck up ice or find a streaking teammate with a quick accurate passing play. Has a good sense of when to make a play and when to hold the puck. Willing to play physical and keeps good gaps.” -Eliteprospects.com, November 2013

His weaknesses include poor decision making in the defensive zone, being easy to knock off the puck, and trying to do too much on his own. Unlike many other young puck movers Mayo doesn’t shy away from physicality, being capable of laying big hits (including a throwback looking hip check) and willing to drop the gloves. Once he adds to his 181 lb. frame he could be a feared presence in open ice.

Mayo is best paired with a responsible, defensively oriented partner who allows him be more involved on offense without costing his team. In 2013-14 he formed such a partnership with Aaron Irving, the two were a useful combo for Edmonton- taking minutes in all situations.

Mayo is a ways down NHL Central Scouting’s prospect rankings at #82 but many projections see him picked before the end of the second round, his stock perhaps buoyed by his role in Edmonton’s Memorial Cup victory.

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