Eric Locke
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Eric Locke

Hometown:

Mount Holly New Jersey

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-11-21

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

7th round (189th overall), 2013

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Eric Locke was a team captain for the Mississauga Reps minor midget AAA team. He scored 12 goals with 30 assists and had 24 penalty minutes in 28 games. Locke was selected by Windsor in the 13th round (251st overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Locke appeared in two games for the Streetsville Derbys in Canadian junior A hockey and was the second-leading scorer for the Mississauga Reps midget major AAA team. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes skating for the Derbys. He played 29 games for the Reps and scored 13 goals with 27 assists and 20 penalty minutes. Locke scored 12 goals with 7 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. Mississauga represented the Central Region at the Telus Cup after going 6-0 in round robin play and reached the gold medal game against the Notre Dame Hounds.

2010-11: Locke began his first OHL season with Windsor before going to Barrie in a mid-season trade and played for Canada in the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 19 goals with 14 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes in 38 games for the second-place Spitfires. In 27 games with Barrie, which finished last in the Central Division, he scored 7 goals with 14 assists and was -11 with 18 penalty minutes. Locke scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games at the U18 WJC. Canada lost to Russia, 6-4, in the bronze medal game.

2011-12: Locke opened the season with Barrie and was once again involved in a January trade – going from the Colts to Saginaw in a four-player deal. He scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was -7 with 12 penalty minutes in 21 games with Barrie. Following the trade he scored 13 goals with 14 assists and was +5 with 22 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Spirit. Saginaw finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Locke scored 2 goals with 2 assists in 12 playoff games and was -4 with 14 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Locke was an assistant captain and the leading scorer for Saginaw in his first full season with the Spirit. One of four players to skate in all 68 games for Saginaw, he scored 44 goals with 53 assists and was +37 with 84 penalty minutes. The Spirit reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the West Division. Locke scored 2 goals and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in the four-game series with OHL champion London. Not among the 210 North American skaters listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings in his second year of draft eligibility, Locke was selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (189th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

The first thing scouts will rave about when it comes to Locke is his blistering shot. Though his production may not reflect it, Locke is one of the best shooters in junior hockey with his lightning quick release. He is a skilled center with an improving work ethic and good hockey sense. He is rarely caught out of position, on offence and defense.

Future

Locke was offered an AHL contract back in October, but did not sign. He did no sign with the Sabres by June 1st and is now an unrestricted free agent.

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