Jimmy Lodge
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Jimmy Lodge

Hometown:

Downington Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-03-05

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (84th overall), 2013

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Jimmy Lodge, a Pennsylvania native, skated for the Toronto Titans midget minor team in the Greater Trenton Hockey League and was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 16 player camp. He scored 18 goals with 25 assists for the Titans. Lodge was selected by Saginaw in the 3rd round (62nd overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Lodge played 45 games for Saginaw in his first OHL season, scoring 8 goals with 4 assists, and was minus-10 with 10 penalty minutes. Saginaw finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Lodge saw limited ice time in the playoffs; finishing minus-one with no points nor penalties in 11 games.

2012-13: Lodge represented the USA in the 2012 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and had a breakout season in his second year with Saginaw; particularly after the Spirit traded team captain/former leading scorer Vince Trocheck (Florida). Lodge was the third-leading scorer for the Spirit with 28 goals and 39 assists in 64 games and was plus-four with 28 penalty minutes. The Spirit finished fourth in the West Division and faced London in the first round of the playoffs. Lodge scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-four with 7 penalty minutes in the four game series. In four games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament he had 2 assists as the USA finished 1-3 in four games. Lodge was ranked 21st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

The trade of eventual OHL MVP Vince Trocheck was all the opportunity Jimmy Lodge needed to rocket up the NHL Draft charts with an outstanding second half as he assumed the team’s number-one centre role.

Lodge has good size (6’2), plays a position of value (centre), and has elite offensive passing ability. He can put the puck in the net, but needs to work on getting the most out of his physicality. However, he’s a very hard-working and coachable player, and has already made huge strides in his game.

 

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