Scott Kosmachuk established himself early on at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with a wry smile and quick wit. Like many of the players from eastern Canada, they’ve battled through a three-hour time difference while in Kelowna. Yet on the ice, during practices and the skills competitions, it became immediately apparent the Toronto, Ontario native does just about everything at top speed.
Drafted in the second round, 28th overall, at the 2012 OHL Priority Selected, Kosmachuk played an important depth and energy role in Guelph last season on the third and fourth lines. He collected 21 points in 68 games. This season, with the pressures associated with playing in his draft year, Kosmachuk has merged as a key offensive producer for the Storm. In 45 games he has scored 22 goals, 10 times on the power play, and added 19 helpers for 41 points.
Ranked 23rd among North American Skaters by Central Scouting, one of Kosmachuk’s strengths is his fitness. The 5’11, 182–pounder can boast success in cross country running, recently winning a regional championship. He celebrated his 18th birthday on January 24.
A member of the Toronto Marlies Minor Midget team, Kosmachuk played alongside Storm teammate Matt Finn when the team finished as the runner-up in the 2010 OHL Cup. He is a skilled playmaker and the scouting fraternity says en masse that they like his compete level. Guelph is in the thick of a tight playoff race this season, a young team that will be counting on Kosmachuk for consistency and leadership.
HF spoke with Kosmachuk on opening night at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna.