OHL Prospect Profile: Deni Goure
– Deni Goure –
Chatham-Kent Cyclones (Alliance) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
Grande Pointe, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 157-pounds | July 15th, 2003
Deni Goure is a natural goal scorer with a shot that many are already labelling as pro-level. Projected as one of the Alliance’s top prospects entering the ’17-18 season, Goure has put up 5 goals and 12 points in eight games to start the regular season, as well as 5 goals and 11 points in eight tournament games.
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Backed by an electric release, Goure is lethal on the rush, where he utilizes his high-end speeds and tremendous edgework to become a threat each time he collects the puck. He’s also a leader by example, showcasing a strong compete level at both ends of the ice regardless of the score.
- Compete Level
Flashing a dynamic snap shot, Goure has placed himself in the top tier of snipers among the ’03-born draft class. With an exceptional ability to corral the puck on the rush and unleash a powerful shot, Goure also boasts impressive skating talent. He loves to wind up speed in the defensive zone before flying up the ice around defenders with relative ease.
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Goure also exhibits slick edgework and impressive agility on the fly, able to make adjustments and maneuver through traffic at top speeds. Further, Goure has a tireless engine, fighting for the puck just as hard in the defensive zone as in the offensive zone. He shows smart awareness all over the ice as well and is particularly reliable in his own end, eliminating passing options and working to turn the puck over.
Area of Improvement:
- Strength & Physicality
Deni Goure shows off very strong lower-body strength when protecting the puck from opponents, but sometimes loses that instinct when engaging in board battles. Despite being a relatively average-sized skater, Goure tends to shy away from the physical aspects of the game unless absolutely necessary.
#AFlete Deni Goure had a good showing at the 2018 ‘03 @WorldSelectsInv tournament in Philadelphia; 5 points (2G,3A) in 7 games for @ProHockeyDevGrp Blue. The tournament includes many of the top 2003 players in the world, particularly in Canada, USA, and Russia. #FUELHockey pic.twitter.com/7Kcw01eL8i
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Strong on his feet, Goure shows flashes of good strength, but perhaps needs to apply this asset away from the puck as well. In any case, he plays a very impressive all-around game with tremendous offensive instincts. There should be no doubt that Goure’s game with translate well into the OHL level.
Deni Goure is an elite shooter available for the 2019 OHL Draft, combining excellent speed and agility with a pro-level shot and an electric release. Goure is especially dangerous on the rush, where he is able to utilize all of his best assets at once to become a true force with the puck.
The unheralded leader of the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, Goure won’t go unnoticed at this year’s OHL Draft, where he is projected to be a sure-fire mid to late first round pick.