OHL Prospect Profile: Dylan Duke

– Dylan Duke-

Detroit Compuware (HPHL) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

5-foot-10, 166-pounds | April 3rd, 2003

Dylan Duke is a dominant centre who plays the game with authority at both ends of the ice. Captaining Detroit Compuware to the Silver Stick Championship, Duke ranked second in tournament points with 14, behind only his winger, Sasha Pastujov.

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A reliable player in all three zones, Duke shows flashes of elite offensive potential, featuring a heavy shot and a strong forecheck. Teaming up with Pastujov and Red Savage to form a dynamic first line, Duke is the workhorse of the team who projects as a two-way centre with promising offensive upside.

Strengths:

  • Two-Way Awareness
  • Vision and Instincts
  • Skating

Duke’s game is extremely projectable at the professional level, as he displays a great understanding of the responsibilities of his position. Backchecking deep into the defensive zone, Duke regularly supports his defencemen below the dots and battles behind the net to force turnovers.

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Up front, Duke showcases a strong and efficient stride. He protects the puck well on the rush and distributes to puck effectively, both north-south and east-west. As a playmaker, Duke dishes impressive saucer and cross-crease passes through traffic.

Area of Improvement:

  • Shot Release

Using his strength to put some power behind his wrist shot, Duke possesses an above-average shot with great accuracy. He can be a lethal goal scorer as well as an effective playmaker, but his shot release is an area that could really push him into the next level.

Not a liability to his game in any way, Duke could become an elite sniper by adding some quickness to his release, especially in being able to change angles in order to fire a shot around screens. He seems to prefer a wrist shot over a snap shot, meaning his release time is slightly slower than some of his comparables.

Future Potential:

In all, Dylan Duke has shown dynamic abilities as a two-way centre who can add substantial offence as well. With tremendous instincts and skating ability, Duke looks like a prospect who is more than prepared to make the jump to the next level.

A Michigan Wolverine commit, Duke plays an intelligent and mature game. He projects as a top-10 talent for the 2019 OHL Draft, but will likely slid down the draft board as a result of his NCAA commitment.

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