Riley Bruce

Hometown:

Carp Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-07-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

7th round (196th overall), 2015

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Riley Bruce appeared in eight junior A games with the Gloucester Rangers as a 15-year-old and played for the Ottawa Valley Titans in minor midget AAA hockey. He had no points and four penalty minutes skating for Gloucester. Bruce scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games. He was selected by North Bay in the third round (50th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft and was chosen by Youngstown in the 25th round (369th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14: Bruce made the jump from minor midget to the OHL — skating in 57 regular season games and 15 playoff contests for North Bay in his first season. He had 4 assists and was -18 with 39 penalty minutes during the regular season. The Battlalion finished first in the Central Division and captured the Eastern Conference championship, falling to Guelph in the OHL finals. Bruce had 1 assist and was +1 with 9 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. 

2014-15: Bruce skated in 52 regular season games for North Bay in his second OHL season, missing 13 games early in the year due to a leg injury.  He had 3 assists and was -2 with 32 penalty minutes. The Battalion finished second in the Central Division, falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion Oshawa in the Eastern Conference finals. Bruce scored the first goal of his OHL career in the playoffs and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in 15 post-season games. He was ranked 210th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Calgary in the seventh round (196th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Bruce is a towering defenseman who plays a strong stay-at-home game, using his long wingspan to control play down low. He moves adequately for a player his size, using his strength to advantage. Bruce has shown very little inclination to join the offensive attack and is content to support his partner and prevent opposition chances. He is not an overly combative player despite his size, playing a disciplined game.

Future

Bruce attended training camp with the Flames before being returned to North Bay for his third OHL season in 2015-16. One of the biggest players in major juniors, he should one day be a force in his own end for the Battalion. Long-term he projects as a purely defensive defenseman.

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