Weight: 173 pounds
Date of birth: December 2, 1997. Strathroy, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 4, 77th overall, 2013 Priority Selection
Carroll is the younger brother of former Guelph Storm captain Tyler Carroll who spent four seasons in Guelph and is currently playing with the University of New Brunswick.
Carroll is in his second Ontario Hockey League season with the Storm thanks in part to his late ’97 birthdate. As a rookie Carroll scored twice and added 14 assists and finished with a respectable plus-5 while appearing in 62 games. His 16 points ranked him 6th among OHL rookie defensemen in scoring.
Things have not been easy this season while playing on the League’s worst team, a team which has just 2 wins through their first 19 games, allowing the second most goals against while scoring the fewest – by a wide margin.
Carroll played his Minor Midget hockey for Elgin Middlesex AAA in 2012-13 and in 28 games scored 4 goals and 11 assists. He also played in the OHL Cup and the OHL Gold Cup U-16 and in 10 combined games had two assists.
In my preseason poll of OHL General Managers, Carroll received consideration as one of the top 3 defensemen to be selected from the OHL for the 2016 NHL Draft.
Carroll is a solid if unspectacular two-way defender who normally plays a composed game. But in this rebuilding season for the Storm he is also trying to do “too much” in what really is not a good situation in Guelph. He competes for pucks down low and along the boards. He can skate the puck out of trouble or make a good first pass. He’s an above average one on one defender with an active stick and is willing and able to separate the opposition from the puck physically. At 6’1” he has good size but will need to fill out and work on his overall strength.
Carroll appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list as a B prospect – a second or third round pick. Unless things settle down somewhat in Guelph and Carroll can go on to play his game, we could see a third round or beyond pick.