2006-07: Southorn’s rookie season with P.E.I. (QMJHL) resulted in five goals and as many assists in 58 games. Expect to see him back there next season.
2007-08: The defenseman’s second season at the blueline for P.E.I. (QMJHL) was his best yet: 12 goals and 31 points in 69 appearances as a Rocket.
2008-09: This was Southorn’s third season as a P.E.I. Rocket (QMJHL), and he continued to put up large numbers. In 64 games, the D-man netted six goals and 41 points, all while totaling 71 penalty minutes.
A strong and physical defensive defenseman, Southorn makes a name for himself by making the lives of opposing forwards difficult. Usually poised and calm in his own end, he panics a bit with the puck under pressure and doesn’t always make the right or the safest decision. A strong skater, he has some offensive potential, though his lanky frame leads him to holding the puck far away from his body.
Southorn is a rangy player who uses his size and strength effectively. He is a good skater, and can occasionally pinch in on offense. Although he possesses good physical tools, he needs to improve his decision making and consistency.
He is a big blueliner, and is not afraid to pinch in on the play. He enjoys joining the rush, but is not simply an offensive player.
Given the Sabres depth at defense, it might be tough for Southorn to make his mark in the organization.