Locke was 2003 CHL player of the year and two-time OHL top player of the Year as well as two time OHL’s Top Scorer.
Locke was looked to pick up the offensive slack in Hamilton in 2005-06, especially in light of the rules changes which appeared to be tailor-made for his abilities. However, while Locke’s skills aren’t in question, his commitment and effort have been.
“I’m getting the power play production out of Locke, but it’s the five-on-five that needs to get better,” Don Lever, the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs explained to Hockey’s Future in November 2005. “The reason why he was so successful in junior was his work ethic and now he has to bring that to this level. He gets to resting on certain shifts and he needs to work the same way he worked when he was in junior. He’s got good vision and is a nice player.”
Talent AnalysisGreat on-ice vision, playmaking abilities and offensive instincts. Locke can find the open man and hit him with crisp tape to tape passes. Is solid positionally in the offensive zone, sees the ice well, and can slow the play down.
FutureTrevor Timmins, the Montreal Canadiens’ director of player personnel said that Locke has all the tools and just needs to believe in his abilities and match that with effort.
“I live just outside of Ottawa so I’ve seen him play a lot and what I liked about him was that he has a lot of character to go with a lot of talent,” Timmins said. “He’s slowly learning that he can be a top player in the AHL in his second year. He’s got a chance. I’m not saying that he’ll be a regular NHLer, but he has a chance.”