Owen Beck – Mississauga Steelheads – Player Profile

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Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by OHL Images

Production has never been an issue for the 19th ranked North American Skater in NHL Central Scouting’s mid term rankings – Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads. And he’s providing offense at the Ontario Hockey League level as well with 15 goals and 19 assists through 38 games. It was no surprise he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month in November.

The first thing you’ll notice about Beck is his skating. Flawless mechanics, great top end speed, initial steps great and superb edgework. If he’s not the best technical skater in the OHL Draft class, I don’t know who is. In today’s game that is all about skating and speed, Beck has that covered.

But skating alone doesn’t guarantee anything at the next level. The fact is that Beck thinks the game at such a high level and processes what is happening at great speed that he can make plays while flying at top speed. Combined with his vision and playmaking capabilities, those are dangerous combinations.

But there is more to Beck than that. His work ethic is extremely strong. Beck will never give up pursuit of the puck, battles along the wall or in the slot. But he isn’t reckless. Beck knows when to attack and when to “retreat” to defence. He has incredible hockey senses and IQ.

At the dot, Beck has the third most faceoff attempts in the OHL (790) third most wins (477) and the best faceoff percentage (60.4%) of any pivot that has taken more than 200 draws. With puck possession being as important as it is these days, he gives you a chance more times than not at starting with puck possession.

Beck also possesses an NHL ready shot with the power and accuracy to beat goaltenders. He can fire off one-timers, or use a wrister or snap shot. He has the full arsenal.

Beck’s game isn’t just offence. He is sound defensively, knows and understands positioning, his skating allows him to close in on the opposition, he gets into lanes and uses an active stick. The Mississauga coaching staff uses him to kill penalties and in the last minute to protect a lead, especially when the play is in their zone with a faceoff.

If there is one area I’d like to see improved, it’s adding some bulk and muscle. But you could say that about any player at this level. Once he bulks up and adds that strength, he’ll be tougher on the forecheck and in battles along the walls and in front of the opposition net.

Beck could turn into quite a find in the latter part of the first round for an NHL team.


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