OHL Prospect Profile: Josh Bloom
– Josh Bloom –
Toronto Nationals (GTHL) | Left Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
6-feet, 161-pounds | June 6th, 2003
Josh Bloom is a talented winger who plays a high-paced game and consistently generates offence for one of Ontario’s top teams, the Toronto Nationals. Displaying high-end intelligence, Bloom is a tremendous decision-maker with impressive vision and sense of the ice. He excels in both the role of a sniper and a playmaker, making himself a dangerous offensive weapon in more ways than one.
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Bringing his best game on the biggest stage, Bloom has consistently stood out in each of this year’s major tournaments. He further gained tremendous experience by making his Jr. A debut with the OJHL’s Oakville Blades on December 14th, 2018, where he picked up an assist and proved his ability to keep up with older and stronger competition.
- Intelligence & Vision
- Shot & Instincts
Bloom is an extremely versatile forward who can adjust and adapt his game to the given circumstances. Showcasing impressive vision, he can thread passes through minuscule lanes and creates time and space for teammates by drawing defenders towards him. An effortless skater, Bloom has shown strong acceleration and agility, allowing him to switch gears on the fly and keep defenders on their heels.
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On the attack, Bloom has also demonstrated a lethal wrist shot with a quick release and pin-point accuracy. A player who thrives on puck movement in the offensive zone, Bloom shows great instincts by slipping into soft spots or attacking the net at the right time for a deflection or rebound. Overall, Bloom is an above-average skating who has shown high-end playmaking and shooting talent.
Area of Improvement:
- Strength & Stability
Bloom certainly has room to fill out his large frame with both some added upper and lower-body strength. A skater who is strong on his feet, Bloom will need to add muscle in order to succeed against the rigours of the OHL and be able to protect the puck down low as ell as he can in Minor Midget.
A prospect with very little not to like about his game, Bloom could find benefits from utilizing his edges and his size in a more effective way. For example, by leaning on his edges and using his entire body to shield the puck from opponents, Bloom would become an even more dangerous forward by becoming tougher to knock off of the puck.
A prospect who can dictate the pace of play and carry one of the province’s top offences will undoubtedly garner plenty of interest come OHL Draft day. Bloom consistently generates goals in multiple ways, including precision passes and top shelf snipes. An intelligent player, he sees the ice very well and shows excellent instincts through his positioning and sense of developing situations.
As consistent a goal-scorer as they come, Josh Bloom’s talents will make him a hot commodity at the 2019 OHL Draft. Given his multitude of abilities, expect to hear Bloom’s name called late in the second or early in the third round.