Weight: 182 pounds
Date of birth: September 18, 1998
Hometown: Thorold, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 4, 79th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
A graduate of the Southern Tier Admirals Midget AAA squad, Conor Timmins scored 4 goals and 18 assists in 32 games during the 2013-2014 season that led to being a fourth-round selection, seventy-ninth overall, at the 2014 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection.
The following season, Timmins went on to play for the Thorold Blackhawks of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (Junior B). In 15 games for the Blackhawks, Timmins registered 2 goals and 8 assists. A mid-season trade sent him to the St Catherines Falcons for Nicholas Prestia (now playing College Hockey). He would also appear in 15 games for the Falcons, scoring 5 goals and 3 assists. He would add 3 goals and 5 assists in 13 playoff games.
Last season, Timmins made the leap to the OHL. In his rookie season, he would play in 60 games and contribute 4 goals and 9 assists. He would miss being eligible for the 2016 National Hockey League Draft by just three days.
This season has seen Timmins development curve crescent higher than many anticipated. He has taken over as the Greyhounds top defender from the likes of Colton White (New Jersey Devils – 97th overall in 2015) and Gustav Bouramman (Minnesota Wild – 201st overall in 2015).
Timmins plays in any situation for the Greyhounds. Despite being “only” 6’1” he plays with the physical intensity of someone more like 6’5”. He does not shy away from the physical battles in corners, along the boards or in front of his own goal. He can and does throw open ice hits. He’s even been seen taking a faceoff or two in his own zone a la Raymond Bourque. His plus-24 to date speaks volumes to his two-way game.
An off-season regiment to advance his skating and overall strength has certainly bolstered Timmins.
Offensively, Timmins thinks the game very well and along with his vision makes him dangerous from the point. Whether its finding seams to set up teammates or getting a diversity of shots through to the goal, he is very proficient. He quarterbacks the OHL’s 8th most potent powerplay exceptionally well. He ranks fifth among Greyhounds in powerplay goals with 3 and second in powerplay assists with 7.
At the halfway point of the season, Timmins is tied for sixth among all OHL defencemen in scoring with 28 points in 32 games and tied with Mississauga Steelheads’ Nicolas Hague among draft eligible defencemen.
Timmins continues to rise in draft rankings. He began the season on NHL Central Scouting’s list as a C prospect and moved up to a B prospect on their November list. If he continues this pace on what could be a deep playoff run for a young, talented and dynamic Greyhounds roster, moving all the way up to an early second round selection at the NHL Draft is a real possibility.
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