Weight: 220 pounds
Date of birth: May 26, 1998, Waterloo Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 14th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Stanley played his minor midget hockey with the Waterloo Wolves. There he appeared in 28 games and scored 8 goals while adding 20 assists with 95 penalty minutes. Following his season, he was called up to the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and while he didn’t appear in any regular season games, he played in two playoff games for them scoring once.
Stanley also played for Canada Red at the World Hockey Challenge U-17 scoring twice in 5 games. He’s played in the OHL Cup twice – in 2013 and 2014, the OHL Gold Cup and at the Under-17 Development.
Stanley is a physically imposing defenceman who has no hesitation in using his big frame to throw a big check, battling along the wall and to win battles in front of his goal. Stanley also seems to relish and have fun with the physical game. He also plays it intelligently, not taking himself out of the play looking for a big hit. Of course, his style means that he has to drop the gloves once in a while and Stanley is a willing combatant having dropped the mitts 6 times in his rookie season and already has two fights this season.
Stanley came to the OHL as a very raw kid with some offensive upside and the need to improve on areas of his game. His defensive game has come along since his rookie campaign and he continues to learn and work hard to be a top shut down defender. While his skating is very good, an area he needs to continue to improve on is his speed. His quickness in close is the direst need of improvement. He does possess the ability to skate the length of the ice with the puck.
Stanley also showed he had some offensive abilities in Minor Midget. He is now just beginning to feel more comfortable with jumping into the play. He won’t take many chances at the offensive blue line and plays it safe. If he can show development in the offensive zone it will be the difference between being a second round pick and breaking into the first round at the NHL Draft.
Stanley was listed on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary list of players to watch as a C prospect – a 4th, 5th or 6th round pick. On their updated list in November, Stanley was moved up to a B prospect – a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
“My favourite player in the NHL is Shea Weber and he’s a physical guy who likes to throw his weight around, be physical in his own end. I just try to be like him. I just think its fun to get in other guys’ faces and hit hard and stuff like that. It’s a big part of my game, but also it’s important to be a good skater and make a good first pass. All those three things can make a good defenceman.