If there is anyone participating at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver who can relate to the feelings associated with highlights on Draft Day, it might very well be Luke Green of the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Back in 2014, Green was selected first overall by the Sea Dogs at the QMJHL Entry Draft. He has experienced the pomp and circumstance, along with the exhilaration and expectations that come with being that top pick.
Green responded with a productive rookie campaign in the QMJHL, scoring six times and adding 30 assists in 60 games. He has continued his consistent play this season, potting eight goals and adding 19 assists in 42 games. He trails only Thomas Chabot (OTT) in scoring among Saint John defensemen. Of note this season for Green is a hat trick he scored in December, the first-ever by a Sea Dogs defender.
Saint John sits in the upper echelon of the QMJHL, standing sixth overall among 18 teams with a 29-13-4 record through 46 games. They trail the Moncton Wildcats by five points in the Maritimes Division standings. The Sea Dogs are not a veteran team this season, though they are enjoying success. Green, a number one draft pick, has been joined by Joseph Veleno, who was granted “exceptional status” by the QMJHL and is now playing for the Sea Dogs. Indeed, the future looks bright in Saint John.
Green, a native of Bedford, Nova Scotia, grew up with a number of sporting interests. While hockey is prototypically a team sport, Green excelled at individual sports such as motocross and golf. He and his brother Matt, who are teammates in Saint John, have some history on the links. As a 14 year old golfer, Luke won a provincial championship in his age class. Depending upon his future hockey successes, which seem inevitable, he has expressed interest in a career in the golf industry.
Now 18 years of age, Green checks in at 6’1” and 189 pounds. He describes himself as a hard-working and skilled defenseman. He is on the Hockey Canada radar, having participated in the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Green, Pierre Luc-Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and Otto Somppi of the Halifax Mooseheads are the three players at this CHL Top Prospects Game from locales in the Atlantic Provinces. That means their minds and bodies are dealing with a four-hour time change this week while in Vancouver. And for Green, he is coming off a tough weekend in the QMJHL, where the Sea Dogs played three games in three nights prior to his departure for Canada’s West Coast.
Green is ranked 37th by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings. CSS describes him as a “highly effective skating, puck moving defenseman. He’s a strong and mobile skater who is capable to lead a rush and who excels at jumping into the attack. He advances the puck effectively with first pass plays and distributes puck well on the power play. He shoots with authority and can find the shooting lanes from point.”
Green spoke with Hockey’s Future on Wednesday, with his comments being captured in this HF podcast.
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