Liam Arnsby – North Bay Battalion – Player Profile

5’11”18111-20-03CR9th – 202066th NACANADA
2018-19U-16 AAADon Mills Flyers49214970
2019-20OHLNorth Bay Battalion4441620
2019-20WHC U-17Canada White6011
2020-21OHLDid not play0000
2021-22OHLNorth Bay Battalion4381422

I realize the OHL regular season is coming to an end, but I still haven’t really gotten a strong sense of what Liam Arnsby of the North Bay Battalion could turn into at the next level. I say that because so many aspects of his game have improved from his rookie season of 2019-2020 except the production. Maybe the lost season of a year ago plays a role.

Liam Arnsby of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

Arnsby has shown improvements in key skills like skating, puck skills and shooting and that has risen the confidence level of the 9th overall pick at the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. But the lack of improved production might suggest he’s more of a middle round pick destined to top out as a bottom 6 forward at the next level. There’s nothing wrong with that, teams need those types of players as well.

Despite being 5-foot-11-inches and 181 pounds, one might be surprised by the physicality Arnsby brings to the game. He is incredibly strong for his size and he often separates the opposition from the puck with his physicality and strength.

Arnsby has often shown very good hockey IQ and an ability to react instinctively without over thinking – and they are usually the correct decisions. He reads the ice well and is able to find soft spots to make himself available so that he can get off a heavy NHL caliber wrist shot.

Defensively, Arnsby is pretty accomplished. Again, he reads the play quickly and instinctively reacts which enables him to get into passing lanes and break up plays and lead the transition the other way. He comes back to help his defencemen and is not shy about using the body down low to separate the opposition from the puck.

Arnsby isn’t a bad skater but he has shown improvement since his rookie year. He has superior strength in his legs which allows him to take off in his first strides quickly to reach his top speed. It’s that top speed or separation gear he will need to continue to work at as he progresses along. Another asset Arnsby has is his ability to play down the middle or on the right side.

Coming into the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Arnsby was tagged with having untapped offensive potential. Registering 22 points in 43 games isn’t bad, I had just hoped for more. Maybe a leg injury that forced him to miss 20 games played a role. He hasn’t scored a goal in 10 games since his return and has just 4 helpers in that time.

North Bay will be heading to the OHL playoffs in just over a week. A strong performance by Arnsby at both ends of the ice can only help his stock.


Hockey Canada Releases Under-18 Invites

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The 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the precursor to the 2021 National Hockey League Draft, was cancelled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but that didn’t stop Hockey Canada from naming the 46 players that would have been invited to the selection camp.

Hockey Canada released that list today and it includes 12 Ontario Hockey League players with a possible 13th, depending on whether goaltender Matteo Drobac makes the Hamilton Bulldogs roster when the 2020-2021 season takes place.

Five of the six players on our Players to Watch List  have made the cut with Russian Daniil Chayka the only exception, so of course, he’s not eligible.

Here is the full list of invites by Hockey Canada:

Name Ht. Wt. Club Team NHL Draft
Tyler Brennan 6’3” 187 Prince George (WHL) 2022
Matteo Drobac 6’1” 170 Hamilton (GOJHL) 2021
Benjamin Gaudreau 6’2″ 165 Sarnia (OHL) 2021
Jacob Goobie 5’10” 178 Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2021
Thomas Milic 5’11” 155 Burnaby Winter Club (CSSHL) 2021
William Rousseau 6’10” 170 Trois-Rivières (LHMAAAQ) 2021
Nolan Allan 6’2″ 185 Prince Albert (WHL) 2021
Olivier Boutin 5’10” 160 Gatineau (QMJHL) 2021
Corson Ceulemans 6’2″ 190 Brooks (AJHL) 2021
Brandt Clarke 6’1″ 181 Barrie (OHL) 2021
Jacob Holmes 6’1″ 174 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2021
Carson Lambos 6’1″ 200 Winnipeg (WHL) 2021
Jérémy Langlois Cape Breton (QMJHL) 2022
Kyle Masters 5’11” 159 Red Deer (WHL) 2021
Evan Nause 6’1″ 172 Sioux Falls (USHL) 2021
Oscar Plandowski 5’11” 175 Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2021
Guillaume Richard 6’0″ 148 Mount St. Charles Academy (USU16) 2021
Graham Sward 6’2″ 170 Spokane (WHL) 2021
Cameron Whynot 6’1″ 168 Halifax (QMJHL) 2021
Olen Zellweger 5’9″ 165 Everett (WHL) 2021
Liam Arnsby 5’10” 172 North Bay (OHL) 2022
Zachary Bolduc 6’0″ 172 Rimouski (QMJHL) 2021
Zach Dean 5’9″ 166 Gatineau (QMJHL) 2021
Nathan Gaucher 6’3″ 186 Quebec (QMJHL) 2022
Dylan Guenther 6’1″ 170 Edmonton (WHL) 2021
Brett Harrison 6’1″ 167 Oshawa (OHL) 2021
Cole Huckins 6’4″ 191 Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 2021
Wyatt Johnston 6’0″ 167 Windsor (OHL) 2021
Riley Kidney 5’11” 160 Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 2021
Zachary L’Heureux 5’10” 196 Moncton (QMJHL) 2021
Connor Lockhart 5’8″ 163 Erie (OHL) 2021
James Malatesta 5’9″ 172 Quebec (QMJHL) 2021
Mason McTavish 6’1″ 198 Peterborough (OHL) 2021
Olivier Nadeau 6’2″ 204 Shawinigan (QMJHL) 2021
Brennan Othmann 5’11” 165 Flint (OHL) 2021
Francesco Pinelli 6’0″ 182 Kitchener (OHL) 2021
Peter Reynolds 5’10” 165 Chilliwack (BCHL) 2021
Justin Robidas 5’7″ 173 Val-d’Or (QMJHL) 2021
Conner Roulette 5’11” 158 Seattle (WHL) 2021
Joshua Roy 6’0″ 191 Saint John (QMJHL) 2021
Cole Sillinger 6’0″ 187 Medicine Hat (WHL) 2021
Logan Stankoven 5’7″ 165 Kamloops (WHL) 2021
Chase Stillman 5’11” 170 Sudbury (OHL) 2021
Zach Stringer 6’1″ 165 Lethbridge (WHL) 2021
Dovar Tinling 5’11” 181 Hawkesbury (CCHL) 2021
Danny Zhilkin 6’0″ 185 Guelph (OHL) 2022