2007-08: Reece Scarlett played for the Sherwood Park Bantam AAA team. He was chosen in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Swift Current Broncos.
2008-09: Scarlett made his first WHL appearance, registering no points in 1 game.
2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Scarlett played in 65 games for the Broncos. He scored 1 goal and added 10 assists for 11 points. In 4 playoff games, Scarlett notched 2 assists. Scarlett played for Team Pacific at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 4 assists for 6 points in 5 games.
2010-11: In 72 games for the Broncos, Scarlett scored 6 goals and added 18 assists for 24 points to go along with 59 penalty minutes. Scarlett played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, notching 1 assist in his team’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry. Scarlett played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, registering no points in 7 games.
2011-12: Scarlett had a breakout season in his third year with the Swift Current Broncos; leading the team’s defensemen with 49 points and seeing a lot of ice time on one of the WHL Eastern Conference’s weaker teams. He scored 9 goals with 40 assists (both career-highs) in 71 games and was minus-14 with 74 penalty minutes. Swift Current missed the playoffs after finishing fifth in the East Division. Scarlett signed a three-year entry-level contract with New Jersey in September, 2012.
2012-13: Scarlett returned to Swift Current for his fourth WHL season. He was the Broncos’ top offensive defenseman; putting up big numbers in January and February after getting off to a slow start. Scarlett scored 9 goals with 40 assists in 67 games and was +14 with 66 penalty minutes. Swift Current finished third in the East Division and lost to Calgary in five games in a first-round playoff series. Scarlett had 3 assists and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes against the Hitmen.
The strengths of Scarlett’s game revolve around his mobility, puck distribution skills, and defensive zone awareness. He has some quality offensive skills, and put on them on full display in his third full season of junior, showing extreme confidence in his puck rushing ability and being extra assertive in the offensive zone. He uses his stick well while defending, especially off the rush and is sound in his own end. While he has put on some weight and a little more muscle, he’ll need to continue to get stronger to withstand the rigors of the professional game.
Scarlett’s transition game makes him an appealing player, but that will be nullified if he becomes a burden against physical checking teams. As he upgrades to the pro level, he’ll be tested on a diluted blueline with teammates that play a similar style to his own. Still, the former sixth round pick enter the next phase of his career brimming with confidence and skill. He’ll take some time to further develop in the minors as a second-pairing blueliner.