In three years with Barrie he has notched 112 goals and 123 assists in 190 games including a career-high 42 goals and 67 assists in 64 games this year. The former OHL Rookie of the Year award winner has improved statistically each year.
2005-06: He is also a great playoff performer. This year he scored eight goals and 15 assists in 14 games, and in his two previous playoff appearances Little had ten goals and six assists in a total of 16 games played, so this year’s playoff point per game average of 1.64 has left scouts drooling. He also added two assists in this year’s OHL All Star Classic.
Hockey’s Future’s May 2005 Q&A with Little.
2006-07: Little finished sixth in scoring in the OHL with 107 points in 57 games, only a slight improvement over last season. He also played in a limited role for Canada in the World Junior Championships. Barrie was swept by Sudbury in the second round of the OHL playoffs, in which Little suffered a shoulder injury as a result of a hit on Apr. 5.
Talent AnalysisLittle continually brought junior crowds to their feet with his explosive rushes. He dominates with his playmaking ability, quick feet, and cannon-like shot, and he continually shifts the momentum of the game with his seemingly boundless energy. Little works out relentlessly and has a strong build which allows him to mix it up physically.
The native of Cambridge, Ontario is a proven game-breaker for his Colts team, which he was the captain of. When an opponent tries to shift the momentum of a game Little often seems to turn it back around with his ability and work ethic when he steps on the ice. For someone with so much offensive upside, Little can play defense and his plus/minus stats attest to that.A center with good vision and slick moves, his size at 5'10 should not be an impediment provided he improve his skating, which is probably Little's weakest area.