As a rookie on a weak Sarnia Sting team, Reed was able to collect 50 points (26 goals) in 68 games. His prowess in the offensive zone is noted, as is his strength on his skates, and his nose for the puck. However, defensive deficiencies can’t be denied and Reed doesn’t always make a beeline for his own zone as evidenced by his team-worst -31 plus/minus rating.
2006-07: Despite playing in a much less star-studded offense than Hughes has been in Kingston, Harrison Reed had quite a sophomore season for himself with the Sarnia Sting. After a relatively slow start, Reed finished the season with 81 points in 67 games — a top-30 finish in OHL regular-season scoring. One of the most impressive numbers for Reed this season was his jump in assists; he more than doubled his 24 assists from 2005-06 with 52 helpers this year. The Sting, who had the worst regular season record two years ago, made the playoffs in 2006-07 with a 34-24-5-5 record due in large part to Harrison’s contributions. His outstanding play on the top power-play unit combined with a jump in plus/minus (from -31 to -3) helped the Sting offense finish fourth in the Western Conference in goals per game. While teammate Steve Stamkos made perhaps the most notable impact for the Sting (finishing 12th in the OHL in scoring as a rookie), Reed’s sophomore performance was undoubtedly notable as well.
2007-08: After his 81-point campaign with Sarnia in 2006-07, there were high hopes for Reed. But a slow start with Sarnia (six goals and 12 assists in 28 games) led to his trade to Guelph. In 41 games with the Storm, Reed had eight goals and 21 assists, plus three goals and two assists in 10 playoff games. Reed will need to regain the form that once had him among the OHL’s scoring leaders to get his pro career back on track.
Reed is a goal scorer. Playing on a bad team in junior, Reed was a standout on the ice, even though he had to fight through extra attention from opposing forwards. His prowess in the offensive zone is noted, as is his strength on his skates, and his nose for the puck. However defensive deficiencies can’t be denied and Reed doesn’t always make a beeline for his own zone. That’s a part of his game that will definitely have to be addressed to progress to the next level.
He’ll need to show he can regain his scoring touch.