OHL Prospect Profile: Camden Daigle

– Camden Daigle –

Huron Perth Lakers (Alliance) | Left Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Stratford, Ontario | 5-foot-8, 152-pounds | January 16th, 2003

Camden Daigle has made tremendous strides towards becoming a top-tier prospect amongst the 2019 OHL Draft class. Despite his smaller stature, Daigle displays high-end instincts and vision of the ice, processing the game at a very high rate and adapting to changing circumstances on the fly. His offensive instincts, along with his release, have made him one of the Alliance’s top scorers.

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Filling the back of the net at the same rate as projected first rounder, Maddox Callens, Daigle has often slipped behind the shadows as a result of playing for a middle-of-the-pack team. However, the Lakers have had noticeable spurts of success this season, most of which were on the back of Daigle’s elite offensive talents.

Strengths:

  • Release & Puck Skills
  • Skating
  • Vision & Instincts

Simply put, Camden Daigle is a natural goal scorer. Not only is he able to slip into the soft spots around the net, but he can beat goaltenders with clean snap shots. His release is quick and accurate, and he’s shown the ability to get it off under heavy pressure. Further, Daigle boasts impressive one-on-one puck skills, allowing him to dance past defenders on the rush and leave opposing goaltenders guessing.

A shifty skater, Daigle is able to change gears on the rush and cut in and out of the center lane to keep defenders on their heels. With solid acceleration and top-speed, Daigle displays a multitude of assets with which to create offence. He also sees the ice incredibly well, knowing where available teammates will be and slipping away from defencemen at the side of the net to make himself a dangerous passing option.

Area of Improvement:

  • Strength on Puck

A given with his 5-foot-8 frame, Daigle is sometimes knocked off of the puck by larger and stronger opponents. However, he remains tough to catch when in possession of the puck, utilizing his speed and skill to avoid contact. In any case, his size will always be a talking point heading into the OHL. However, Daigle has dealt with, and thrived, with his size his entire life.

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In fact, it hinders him so little that he was trusted to make his GOJHL debut in December of 2018. There’s still a chance for a growth spurt in Daigle’s future, but if that doesn’t come to fruition, he will need to focus on bulking and adding strength over the offseason in preparation for the riggers of the OHL, as most 15 and 16-year-olds do.

Future Potential:

Camden Daigle presents a bevy of admirable assets as a high-octane, skilled winger. With excellent skating abilities and a tremendous sense of the ice, he is often able to outsmart his opponents. Factor in some high-end puck skills and an elite-level release, and you have all the makings of a future producer at the OHL level, regardless of size.

In all, Daigle has continued to grow and improve over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, ultimately boosting his draft stock significantly. At this time, Daigle projects as a top-40 prospect for the 2019 OHL Draft, with room to rise.

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