Weight: 167 pounds
Date of birth: September 13, 1999
Hometown: King City, Ontario
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 11, 216th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
King City Ontario native Alex Formenton of the London Knights played his minor midget hockey during the 2014-2015 season for the Mississauga Rebels. In 65 games he scored 27 goals and 28 assists. The Knights would select him in the 11th round, 216th overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. But don’t let that selection cloud your judgement. He was a tiny winger who had a huge growth spirt prior to breaking onto the Knights’ roster. It would not be incorrect to call him a steal in that draft.
One season ago, Formenton played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League for Aurora Tigers. He appeared in 54 games and scored 13 goals while adding 13 assists. He would add 2 more goals in 5 playoff games for the Tigers. The OJHL is Ontario’s Junior A league.
In 64 games this season, Formenton has 16 goals and 18 assists. He can play in any situation and his skating makes him a threat on the penalty kill as well – he has one goal on the PK. His 16 goals have come on 138 shots, good for a 11.6 shooting percentage. He can also take faceoffs when called upon and is 53.3% on the dot.
Formenton’s 16 goals ranks him 9th among OHL rookies in goals and his 34 points is tied for 9th.
With a September 13, 1999 birth date, Formenton is one of the youngest players in the draft class and makes the 2017 National Hockey League Draft cut off by just two days.
Formenton is an excellent skater with excellent top end speed – could very well be one of the top 10 fastest skaters in the OHL. His acceleration is also top end. He finished atop the list in on-ice testing at the combine at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Formenton will not shy away from the gritty part of the game. He will battle along the walls and is willing to drive to the net both with and without the puck. He possesses soft hands and can beat defenders one-on-one. He’s also learning that he can beat defenders wide with his skating and speed and is becoming more comfortable doing so. He’s also a very good forechecker using his speed to get on top of opponents quickly.
Formenton creates space with his skating and his elusiveness. Once he learns that he can slow the game down at times, use his good playmaking abilities and vision, he will become more of an offensive threat.
As with all Dale Hunter coached teams, being able to play at both ends of the ice is a requirement. Formenton may be ahead of the curve there given his willingness to put the effort in his own zone as he does in the offensive zone.
Formenton was ranked 24th among north American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.
This is the profile page of Alex Formenton at Elite Prospects
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