Scott Harrington
Image: NHL

Scott Harrington

Hometown:

Kingston Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-10

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (54th overall), 2011

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Scott Harrington appeared in two games for the Kingston Voyageurs in the Ontario Junior Hockey League while spending the bulk of the season with Greater Kingston’s midget major team. He had one assist and 2 PMs for the Voyageurs. In 66 games with Greater Kingston, he scored 19 goals with 48 assists and garnered 46 PMs. Harrington was selected by the London Knights in the first round (19th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Harrington played 55 games as an OHL rookie with the London Knights. He scored 1 goal with 13 assists and was +25 plus/minus with 20 PMs as the Knights finished first in the Midwest division. Harrington played in 12 playoff games as London defeated Guelph in the first round before falling to Kitchener in a seven-game, second-round series. He had 2 assists and was +5 with 4 PMs. Harrington won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial U-18 tournament.

2010-11: Harrington skated in 67 of 68 games for the OHL’s London Knights and represented Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship. Harrington scored 6 goals with 16 assists and 51 PMs for the Knights. He was -14 as the team finished last in the competitive Midwest Division yet reached the OHL playoffs. In six playoff games against Memorial Cup-bound Owen Sound he was -5 with 1 assist. In seven games with fourth-place Team Canada in Germany he was +2 and scoreless with 8 PMs. Harrington signed a three-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in July, 2011.

2011-12: Harrington was one of the top defensemen in the OHL playing for league champion London and played for bronze-medal winner Canada at the 2012 U-20 World Junior Championship. An assistant captain for the Knights as an 18-year-old, Harrington scored 3 goals with 23 assists and was plus-26 with 32 penalty minutes. Despite missing time with a shoulder injury and playing in just 44 games, he was named to the OHL 1st All Star team. The Knights rolled through the playoffs after finishing with the league’s best record. Harrington was plus-11 with 1 goal,  6 assists and 6 penalty minutes  in 19 playoff games. London reached the Memorial Cup semifinal game and in four Memorial Cup games Harrington was minus-two with 3 assists. In five games at the WJC he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was plus-seven. Canada defeated Finland in the bronze medal game.

2012-13: Harrington returned to London for his fourth OHL season and made his pro hockey debut at the end of May following the Memorial Cup skating in the AHL playoffs for the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was an assistant captain for Canada in his second world junior tournament. Harrington scored a goal in his first pro game, a 4-2 loss to Syracuse in the Eastern Conference finals, and was -4 in two AHL playoff games. He played 50 regular season games for London, missing time in February with an “upper body injury”, and scored 3 goals with 16 assists; finishing +21 with 26 penalty minutes. In 17 OHL playoff games he was -6 with 4 assists and 14 penalty minutes as London captured the OHL championship. Harrington scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 in five Memorial Cup games. In six games for fourth-place Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship h was +5 with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Harrington made the jump from junior hockey to the AHL as a 20-year-old — skating for Penguins affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The only player to skate in all 76 games for the Penguins, he scored 5 goals with 19 assists and was +9 with 55 penalty minutes. The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the AHL Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season. In 16 playoff games Harrington had 1 assist and was -2 with 12 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

Harrington is a reliable two-way defenseman with phenomenal hockey IQ and on ice-awareness. He is a strong, mobile skater and is particularly adept winning 50/50 battles in the corner and quickly getting the puck out of the defensive zone. Harrington has the vision and puck-skills to make good first passes and start the play up ice. He ultimately projects as a safe and smart stay-at-home defenseman capable of making a good first pass and playing 15-20 minutes a game.

Future

Harrington played for the Penguins in the London rookie tournament and attended Pittsburgh's training camp and has shuttled between the NHL club and it's AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the 2014-15 season. A healthy scratch early in the year he made his NHL debut in a December 18th game against the Avalanche. Still adjusting to the game at the NHL level, he has been one of the top defensive defenders for the AHL club. Harrington's game is pro-ready and with continued maturity and experience, he should have little difficulty making the eventual transition to the NHL.

Minnesota Wild prospects found success through struggles

by Peter Prohaska
on
Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season and has played a big role in his team’s success thus far (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

This has not been a great year of the prospect for the Minnesota Wild. The team arrived at a point in its process where it became ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. This has been somewhat to the detriment of its prospect pool, although any fan will take the tradeoff. Nonetheless, Hockey’s Future makes an annual tradition of handing out some imaginary hardware to players who stood out during the course of their seasons.

Read more»

(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

by Chapin Landvogt
on
2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship - Bossard Arena, Zug, Switzerland

Photo: Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland is the site of the two semifinal games for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The first game features Canada vs. the USA, and the second has Finland facing off against Switzerland (courtesy of Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

The field has been whittled down to four countries at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The teams still standing – Canada, the United States, Finland and host Switzerland – will take the ice on Saturday in the two semifinal games taking place at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sami Tavernier, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Sami Tavernier - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Sami Tavernier competed for HIFK’s U20 squad this season, scoring seven goals and 27 points in 45 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland has moved on to a semifinal showdown with host Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The Finns advanced after shutting out Slovakia, 3-0, while the Swiss blanked the Russians, 5-0, to earn a shot at a medal. The two countries will faceoff on Saturday in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Christian Fischer, Forward, and Troy Terry, Forward, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Christian Fischer - Team USA - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer played for the NTDP squad that competed in the USHL, where he score 15 goals and 30 points in 25 games this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

In what could be a game that decides which country takes home gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, Team USA will faceoff against Team Canada in a semifinal match on Saturday. The U.S. advanced on the strength of a 7-2 win over the Czech Republic, while Canada dispatched Sweden, 5-3, to earn the chance to face the U.S. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nick Boka, Defenseman, and Brendan Warren, Forward, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Brenden Warren - Team USA - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Brendan Warren played for the U.S. NTDP’s U18 squad that competed in the USHL, where he scored seven goals and 13 points in 20 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA has moved on to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after taking a quarterfinal match from the Czech Republic, 7-2. Fourteen players chipped in on offense for the U.S. in that game, including six players registering two points apiece. Read more»

Related Articles