Steven Shipley
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Steven Shipley


Ilderton Ontario

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4th Round (98th Overall), 2010


204 lbs.

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2007-08: Played for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (Minor Midget), notching 104 points (53G, 51A) in 65 games.  Chosen third overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection by the Owen Sound Attack.

2008-09: In his rookie season in the OHL, Shipley played in 63 games, scoring 16 goals and adding 23 assists for 39 points.  He played in 4 playoff games for the Attack but did not register a point.

2009-10: In 68 games for the Attack, Shipley scored 23 goals and tacked on 40 assists for 63 points.  Shipley played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2010-11: Shipley spent his third OHL season with the Niagara Ice Dogs and scored 18 goals with 32 assists in 65 games. Obtained in a pre-season trade with Owen Sound for two players and three draft picks, Shipley had more of a two-way role for Niagara, which finished with the OHL's third-best record and featured a pair of 2011 NHL Draft 1st round picks (leading scorer Ryan Strome (NYI) and defenseman Dougie Hamilton (BOS)). While Shipley's offensive numbers dipped from his time with Owen Sound, his +10 plus/minus was his best to-date and he scored six power play goals. In 14 OHL playoff games, he had 1 goal with 6 assists and was +3 with 8 PMs.


Talent Analysis

Shipley has always been inconsistent and rumblings of an attitude problem may have bubbled to the surface when as a newly drafted 18 year old, he requested a trade out of Owen Sound before the 2010-11 season. Shipley is an average skater with good size and very good hands but he has yet to live up to the promise that made him the third overall selection in the OHL priority selection draft.



Shipley was not signed by the Sabres and went undrafted at the 2012 NHL Draft.  He is now a free agent.


2010 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres squander draft year on busted defensive prospects

by Jason Chen
Photo: Mark Pysyk missed the last two months of this season after collapsing during a pickup basketball game. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Mark Pysyk missed the last two months of this season after collapsing during a pickup basketball game. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)



The Buffalo Sabres needed a facelift at the 2010 NHL Draft. Once a high-flying scoring machine, the Sabres never adequately addressed the departures of co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere in 2007. With a potential franchise defenseman in Tyler Myers and the emergence of Ryan Miller as an elite goaltender, the Sabres nevertheless decided that they needed to re-tool from the back end out. It was a strange move, given that the team’s 207 goals allowed in 2009-10 season were the fewest in seven years—a big reason why they managed to capture a division title after failing to make the playoffs in the two previous seasons. Read more»