When the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were preparing to select a player with the tenth overall selection in the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection Draft, they knew they had a big hole to fill on their team. They lacked within the organization a young offensive defenseman who would take over the significant ice time logged by returning overager defenseman Daniel Passero. Young Derek Fox, whom the Greyhounds had selected in the first round last year was evolving into a two-way defenseman but he had a tendancy to play a more defensive style and not join the rush a lot. Who to pick? was the question going into the draft.
Enter Trevor Daley, the (just turned) sixteen year old defenseman from Toronto, Ontario. Listed at 5’11 170, the gifted young defenseman had been with the Vaughn Junior A team the season before putting up promising offensive numbers. In forty four games, Daley scored ten goals, had sixteen assists for a total of twenty-six points along with seventy-nine penalty minutes.
He looked small even on skates, which is why he slipped to tenth overall, but is it normal for a kid who’s only fifteen to be 6’2 200? The Greyhounds took a long look at this young player and decided he would be a valuable asset regardless of his size. Now only a handful of games into the season the nine teams that passed on the swift skating defenseman are starting to regret that decision.
After the Greyhounds first nine games he has four goals and nine assists. Good enough for a equal first in defensemen scoring in the league. He is already being touted as a first round pick in his entry draft year, something only a select number of early sixteen year olds can have claim to.
The Soo Greyhounds have found a real gem in Daley and with the still undrafted Passero (take a look at this kid and wonder why) in his final year. The young defenseman will become the offensive anchor on the Greyhounds blueline for years to come.
Name: Trevor Daley Born: October 9, 1983
Team/League: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League
NHL Status: Eligible in 2002
Daley has burst onto the OHL scene in a big way. An offensive defenseman is defensively consciencious but not terribly physical. As good a skater as any in the league and has at only 16 the confidence and drive of an OHL veteran. Outstanding; skating (best asset), puck movement and hockey sense. Very good passer but lacks a big slapshot at this stage, but has time to develop a better one. Good positional defenseman, plays the puck rather than the man it’s going to. Loves to join the rush, as either a trailing forward or as the puck carrier. Also seems to want to lead his team in all categories (points, ice time, occassionally penalty minutes and more importantly effort) night in night out.
Already logging as much ice time as any defenseman in the league and is loaded with talent and potential. Even at this early stage he looks like a first rounder for his draft year.