Weight: 190 Pounds
Date of birth: December 1st, 2001
Hometown: Ajax, Ontario
Position: Right Wing
OHL Draft: Round 1, 3rd overall, 2017 Priority Selection
NHL Central Scouting Rankings
|B Prospect||B Prospect||47 N.A.||35 N.A.|
North Bay Battalion winger Brandon Coe played his Minor Midget AAA hockey with the Toronto Nationals during the 2016-2017 season. In 31 games, he tallied 17 goals and 16 assists. He would also appear in 8 games for the Nationals at the OHL Cup amassing 3 goals and 3 helpers.
With a late 2001 birthdate, Coe finds himself in his third Ontario Hockey League Season before being eligible for the National Hockey League Draft, so he comes with plenty of experience. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked as a B Prospect (2nd or 3rd round) on both their preseason and November players to watch list and 47th among North American Skaters on their mid-term rankings. Here at OHL Writers, we had him ranked as a B Prospect on our preseason list.
During his OHL Draft year, this was OHL Central Scouting’s scouting report:
Brandon is a big power forward with very high-end skill. When he is playing a physical style, there is no one in the age group that compares. He has a nice long powerful stride that allows him to reach top speed quickly. Brandon is more of a pass-first type of player and has the ability to make passes that you don’t expect him to make. He possesses a good, heavy shot that he gets off extremely fast. Brandon has a high hockey I.Q. and always seems to be in the right spot at the right time.
Coe broke onto the OHL scene as a 15-year-old during the 2017-2018 season. While appearing in all but 5 games for the Battalion, Coe scored 10 goals and 13 assists, and added another marker in 3 playoff games. He saw his production increase during his sophomore season to 17 goals and 20 assists in 65 contests. And he’s taken his offence to another level this season scoring 15 goals and 21 helpers through 38 games, while leading his squad in assists and points.
At 6’4” Coe has very good size and is not slight at 190 pounds. He will add more meat to those bones. He’s an excellent skater with very good speed and uses that skating ability and size to drive directly to the opposition net with or without the puck. Coe has definitely put in the work to be the best skater he can possibly be and in speaking with those around him, it is something he continually works at.
Even though skating and size may just be Coe’s greatest assets, the toolbox is full of other tools. He gets in on the forecheck quickly, and with his size he wins more battles then not. He has the strength, skating and the long reach to be a puck possession beast. He can score the dirty, greasy goals by gaining position in front of the goal and planting himself, or he can beat defenders wide and drive to the net to score the pretty goals. He finds open areas of the ice and has pretty good vision and playmaking abilities.
It is also evident that Coe has put in the work defensively. His awareness and recognizing his responsibilities appear to have improved over a year ago. He is also aware that it is an area he has to continue to work on and improve.
Coe has also shown some excellent leadership qualities, and playing on such a young team that frankly is not going anywhere this season, it is excellent to see. He keeps his body language and frustrations in check.
If there is an area that has shown me some concern about Coe it’s that he had trouble finding consistency. Even his old coach Stan Butler saw it as an issue saying “The biggest issue is not his abilities; it’s bringing a more consistent game to the rink on a nightly basis.”
But something happened on December 10, 2019 that seems to have changed things. Out was Butler as coach in a “re-structuring” and in was Ryan Oulahen. Since then, Coe has 7 goals and 9 assists in 12 games, or 1.3 points per game. That’s a major improvement over his .84 points per game prior to the change.
If Coe can continue to maintain that consistency, there’s no where else to go but up.