|5’11”||163||4-21-04||C||L||10th 2020||76 NA||CANADA|
|2018-19||HEO U-15||Eastern Ontario Wild||29||48||48||96|
|2019-20||HEO U-18||Rockland Nationals||41||24||35||59|
|2020-21||OHL||Owen Sound Attack||0||0||0||0|
|2021-22||OHL||Owen Sound Attack||68||30||29||59|
There is no denying that Owen Sound Attack pivot Cedrick Guindon has been an offensive producer at every level he has played. Even as a true rookie in the Ontario Hockey League this season, Guindon was successful. His 30 goals and 59 points were second among rookies next to Sudbury Wolves David Goyette. And his 30 goals were tied for tops among Owen Sound skaters while his 59 points were good for second.
During the 2019-2020 season, Guindon was named the Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) Player of the Year, the HEO U-18 Rookie of the Year and named to the All-Star Team. During the 2018-2019 season, He led the HEO Under-15 in goals and points while helping his team to a championship. He also led the HEO Under-14 during the 2017-2018 season in goals, assists and points while winning a championship.
Guindon is a very good skater with decent amount of top speed but I would like to see a little improvement in his first step explosiveness. He has an excellent shot with deadly accuracy and a very deceptive release point. He is also able to get it through bodies making subtle adjustments to get it through sticks and legs and on target.
Guindon also has an excellent work ethic but his lack of bulk and strength hinders his ability to fight through contact where he can be separated from the puck. But he also has the vision and hockey sense to, when without the puck, elude defenders and get himself into open areas where his teammates can feed him to release his shot.
Guindon is okay on the defensive side of the puck but it’s a work in progress and it will have to continue to be. He’s had some PK time with the Attack and has shown he can be a threat offensively there as well. As a rookie, he held his own on the dot winning 52.1% of his draws. And his shooting percentage was more than acceptable at 15.1%.
Moving forward, Guindon will have to continue to add some much-needed muscle, but also has to learn that what worked for him in the HEO won’t always work at the OHL level and beyond. He’s shown progression there throughout the season and I am left asking myself how much further along he would be had he not lost all of last season to the pandemic.
And that’s the issue rating some of these OHL players.