Weight: 163 pounds
Date of birth: June 24, 2000
Hometown: Enniskillen, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 2, 29th overall, 2016 Priority Selection
As the captain of the York Simcoe express, Guelph Storm center Cam Hillis scored 25 goals and 47 assists in 33 games during his minor midget AAA season. He would lead the Express to an OHL Cup Championship with a goal and 7 assists in 7 games.
The Storm would select Hillis in the second round of the 2016 Priority Selection with the 29th overall pick. He would also be selected at the United States Hockey League’s Futures Draft in the 4th round, 56th overall in 2016 by the Youngstown Phantoms.
Following those drafts, Hillis would go on to play a season for St. Andrew’s College. There, he helped St. Andrews win the CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) championship scoring 9 goals and 13 assists in 15 games and then adding 2 goals and 5 assists in 5 games en route to the title.
Hillis would also represent Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 but was held pointless in 5 games.
Hillis’ transition to the Ontario Hockey League this season was rather seamless and has shown he can produce at this level. He sits tied for second among Storm players in goals (19), assists (33) and trails only Ryan Merkley (56) in points. His 52 points leads all rookies.
Hillis’ 19 goals come on just 93 shots, making for an impressive 20.4% shooting percentage. Even more impressive is that 9 of his 19 goals have come with the man advantage. Faceoffs, where he has 425 wins on 863 opportunities for 49.2%, continue to be a work in progress.
His pre-draft OHL Central Scouting report read as follows:
Cameron is an undersized center that plays the game with a lot of energy. He is very good skater that uses his speed to gain advantages in the offensive zone by getting to loose pucks or beating players to the net. He competes hard every shift and is not afraid to go to the dirty areas against any player. He has very good puck skills, good vision with the puck and was the leading scorer in the ETA. He is used in all situations and is very effective on the penalty kill.
Hillis has added some size since then as he’s playing at 5’11”. As for his skating, he possesses an explosive first step with above average top-end speed. He works his edges extremely well and has excellent lateral movement making him hard to contain. It also helps Hillis defensively. He back checks hard, quickly gets into lanes with his body or sick and combined with his high-end hockey smarts, regularly breaks up plays.
Offensively, Hillis has an ability to gain the zone, and when he does he is able to keep possession. He can slow the play down and be patient, waiting for the play to develop. He uses those assets wisely and when paired with his very good vision and passing abilities, makes him a dangerous playmaker. Those skills come to the forefront on the powerplay.
Hillis was ranked as a B prospect (2nd or 3rd round pick) on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List. On their midterm rankings, Central Scouting had Hillis 59th among North American skaters. He was 56th overall on Bob McKenzie’s mid-season rankings.
Stat page of Cam Hillis from Elite Prospects