Marc Methot joined the OHL London Knights in the 2002-03 season and after a good rookie year, the Columbus Blue Jackets selected him in the sixth round, 168th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
It’s been a great 2004-05 season for Methot, playing in the OHL All-Star game and finishing third in the Hardest Shot category in the Coach’s Poll. He ended up with 16 points in 67 games and was +52. On a powerhouse London Knights team, Methot is a top four defender and a regular on the penalty kill. He had an excellent playoff run and led the OHL in plus/minus.
2007-08: Methot took a small step back this year, coming into camp with the potential to secure an NHL job, but being beaten out by Kris Russell. Methot did dress in nine NHL games and was regularly recalled from Syracuse as an injury replacement. He continued his steady game with the Crunch, increased his physical play and penalties, and was one of the most used defenseman for the Crunch all year.
Read Hockey’s Future’s May 2005 interview with Methot here.
Methot is a stay-at-home defender who makes the safe play; when in doubt he puts the puck off of the glass or will ice it. Methot has made great strides with his offensive game although this did not show up statistically this season. He is carrying the puck with more confidence, he will use his partner as an outlet and his breakout passes have greatly improved. He has better awareness on the ice and has started to lug the puck out of his own end when there is some open ice. He has deceptive speed for a big man and has started to pick his spots to join the rush as a trailer and has created some scoring chances by doing so. Methot plays a physical game and uses his strength along the boards to knock opponents off of the puck. He rarely gets beat to the outside.