Weight: 190 Pounds
Date of birth: August 5, 1998, Pembroke, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 10th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Felhaber played his Minor Midget AAA hockey for the Ottawa Valley Titans during the 2013 – 2014 season where he scored 38 goals and added 34 assists in 30 games. He added 8 goals and 4 assists in 9 playoff games.
Felhaber had a productive rookie season with the Spirit last season. His 20 goals were good for fifth among rookies in the OHL while his 37 points ranked seventh. That was good enough to get a look from Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but he failed to make the final cut.
Felhaber got off to a very slow start this season, maybe even horrific considering his rookie season. The knock on him early on was that he wasn’t utilizing his teammates. I call it a lack of maturing. Whatever the excuse, just 4 goals and 2 assists in his first 24 games are not what anyone expected, especially from a top 10 pick.
But by mid December, something changed. In his last 22 games, Felhaber has scored 8 goals and added 11 assists. At just shy of a point per game clip, this is the Felhaber that most expected to see. So what’s changed?
Early on Felhaber was trying to do too much on his own, almost selfishly, which got him and his teammates into trouble with too many giveaways. But with his skating ability and speed he has the ability to control the puck and move in and out of traffic. What he lacked early on that he’s doing now – he is utilizing his teammates.
Felhaber’s work ethic and attention to detail has also hit the level expected of him in the second half. He’s putting himself into positions where teammates can find him and then get off his terrific shot. When the effort is there, he has the ability to control the game in the O-zone with his puck possession abilities.
Felhaber has raised his work ethic to a new level in all three zones. He comes back hard on the back check and battles along the boards at both ends of the ice.
Felhaber was ranked 139th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January partially due to his very slow start.