Blaine Byron
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Blaine Byron

Hometown:

Manotick Ontario

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-02-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (179th overall), 2013

Weight:

163 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Blaine Byron joined the Kemptville 73's late in the season; skating in nine junior A games as a 16-year-old. He played six midget AAA games with the Upper Canada Cyclones and was one of the top scorers for the Cyclones' midget minor team. Byron scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had two penalty minutes in his time with the 73's. In six games with the midget AAA Cyclones he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes. Byron scored 18 goals with 30 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Cyclones midget minor team. He was selected by Niagara in the 11th round (220th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Byron was the leading scorer for Kemptville in the re-named Central Canada Hockey League in his first full season of junior hockey. Skating in 42 of 62 games for the 73's, he scored 12 goals with a team-high 27 assists and had 20 penalty minutes. Kemptville missed the CCHL playoffs; finishing 11th in the 12-team league.

2012-13: Byron began the season with Kemptville before being acquired by the Smiths Falls Bears at the CCHL trade deadline. He was selected to represent Canada East in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. In 24 games with Kemptville, which finished last in the Robinson Division, Byron scored 7 goals with 16 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. He skated in 27 games for Smiths Falls and scored 5 goals with 24 assists and 16 penalty minutes. The Bears reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Robinson Division. Byron had 1 assist in five playoff games. He had 4 assists in five games for Canada East at the WJAC. In October 2012, Byron committed to playing college hockey at Maine in 2013-14. Ranked 122nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, he was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Byron is an immensely talented playmaking forward who, at this point in his development, is considered a long-term project. Possessing a very creative offensive mind, Byron is very good at creating offensive both off the rush and down low. He has excellent vision and anticipation, which allow him to create space for his wingers and himself.

Aside from adding strength and size, Byron needs to develop more of a shooter mentality, if only to cause opposing defensemen to back off a little. He also needs to simplify his game and learn when to chip in the puck and when to carry it.

Future

Byron will join the University of Maine for the 2013-14 season where he is expected to play a top-nine role.

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