OHL Prospect Profile: Jesse Fishman

– Jesse Fishman –

Mississauga Rebels (GTHL) | Centre/Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Mississauga, Ontario | 6-foot, 160-pounds | Feb. 26th, 2003

The Mississauga Rebels are a team to watch this season, and so too is forward Jesse Fishman.

Frequently one of the most energetic and driven players on the ice, Fishman is a tireless skater who loves to drive his team’s offensive game. Nimble and shifty, Fishman can weave through opposing defences with relative ease before either firing the puck on goal or shifting possession to a fellow teammate.

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What’s more is that Fishman has consistently displayed an unwavering work ethic and raw determination to ensure his team’s success. Even in the face of overwhelming competition, Fishman refuses to relent and has all the makings of a natural leader.

Strengths:

  • Speed and Agility
  • Playmaking
  • On-Ice Vision

As referenced above, Fishman’s game is driven by his exceptional skating abilities.

Capable of accelerating to top speed in the blink of an eye and able to overtake opposing defenders with ease, Fishman uses his wheels to gain the attacking zone and forces defenders onto their heels. Once established, Fishman’s quick feet and lateral mobility allow him to dodge and dangle defenders at will.

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Amplifying Fishman’s stellar skating is his ability to create and implement high percentage scoring chances at top speed. As a player who sees the ice extremely well, Fishman can force difficult passes through traffic to his teammates and regularly records primary assists on his teammates’ goals.

Through the combination of these two crucial abilities, Fishman has quickly become a dynamic offensive player and stalwart for the Rebels. Despite an early season injury to highly touted prospect and teammate Pasquale Zito, Fishman was able to propel his team forward through calculated yet composed play at both ends of the ice.

Areas of Improvement:

  • Shot Power
  • Balance

Although Fishman plays a strong all-around game, opportunities for improvement do exist. In particular there is Fishman’s shot power as well as his overall balance on his skates.

Although accurate and defined by its quality release, Fishman’s shot is not overpowering. In the coming years as Fishman continues to mature physically and add greater strength to his frame, the lethality of his shot will undoubtedly improve exponentially. However, until this time comes, Fishman must prioritize the use of his shot when in close to the goal.

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Further, there is Fishman’s balance on his skates. While he is an excellent skater of ample speed and agility, Fishman would do well to focus on improving his overall balance and rigidity — especially so while in possession of the puck. Often bumped off of the puck and noticeably so below the goal line, adding greater stability to his skating stance would surely boost Fishman’s ability to possess and protect the puck from his opposition.

Future Potential:

Ultimately, Fishman has continued to prove himself as an immensely talented prospect on a game by game basis thus far this season.

As one of the driving forces behind the Rebels’ offensive attack, Fishman’s electrifying skating and playmaking abilities have combined to make him a premier player within the GTHL this campaign. Now, although his potential selection in the first round of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection could be out of the question, don’t expect Fishman to fall outside of the Draft’s second-round.

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