OHL Prospect Profile: Chase Stillman
– Chase Stillman –
Sudbury Wolves (NOHA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
Peterborough, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 174-pounds | March 29th, 2003
Chase Stillman is a highly-skilled and intelligent two-way centre who makes a significant difference for the Wolves at both ends of the ice. On a high-scoring and fast paced team, Stillman has consistently been one of the most impactful leaders on the team, displaying an impressive offensive ceiling as both a scorer and playmaker.
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Making a significant impact in league games, where the Wolves play amongst 2001, 2002, and 2003-born players, Stillman remains amongst the league leaders in points, well over a two point-per-game pace. As well, Stillman has been a major reason for Sudbury’s success in Ontario’s Minor Midget tournaments this year, making two semi-final appearances.
- Intelligence and Awareness
- Two-Way Responsibility
- Shot & Playmaking
Stillman is a reliable centre who displays an admirable work ethic in all three zones. He is a leader by example, backchecking hard to support his defencemen and working hard along the boards to retrieve the puck. A visibly intelligent prospect, Stillman is always aware of his surroundings and takes smart routes to the play.
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He showcases excellent vision as a playmaker, slipping tape-to-tape passes through traffic and through lanes that many do not recognize as available. As a scorer, Stillman is able to beat goaltenders with a quick and accurate release to a lethal snap shot, or by positioning himself in the right spots to make himself a passing option.
Area of Improvement:
- Strength & Puck Protection
Like all prospects for the 2019 OHL Draft, Stillman in continuing to grow and mature, making himself stronger on the ice and more intimidating to face one-on-one. With that said, Stillman could focus on improving his puck protection abilities by using his edges to give himself a stronger center of gravity.
Further, he could utilize his entire frame by placing the puck on the far side of the defender and leaning up against his opponent to better shield off the area surrounding the puck. Skating with a wider stride would also do wonders for Stillman’s already solid ability to shield off opposing defencemen
All in all, Chase Stillman should be considered one of the top prospects from the Northern region for the 2019 OHL Draft. A Providence College commit, Chase’s father, Cory, is currently the Head Coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. Chase has also impressed scouts by tallying three goals over his first three Jr. A games, as a member of the NOJHL’s Rayside-Balfour Canadians. He was also recently selected to represent Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Stillman is an offensive dynamo who can be relied upon in all situations to play a significant role. Stillman should be considered as a late-second or early-third round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft, although his NCAA commitment may alter his final destination.