OHL Prospect Profile: Ethan Larmand
– Ethan Larmand –
North Central Predators (ETA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
Midland, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 160-pounds | November 12th, 2003
Ethan Larmand is one of the main engines behind the North Central Predators drive for success. He leads by example on the ice, displaying a work ethic and compete level second-to-none. Larmand plays a high-energy game with a motor that doesn’t stop, playing each shift as if it’s his last.
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Larmand showcases tremendous offensive talent, backed by impressive puck skills and a heavy and accurate wrist shot. He visibly reads the game well and is able to process developing plays and adapt to changing circumstances on the fly. Larmand was recently selected to represent Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
- Puck Skills & Shot
- Sense & Instincts
Larmand plays a high-paced game, consistently jockeying for position and battling until the end for loose pucks. He isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas and often comes away with possession of the puck. He displays impressive instincts at both ends of the ice, reading developing plays and player positions to take smart routes to the puck. These instincts are further demonstrated on the rush, where Larmand is able to easily fake out his opponents and utilize their momentum to go against the grain of the play.
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A potent offensive producer, Larmand is a gifted and natural goal-scorer with a tremendous sense for the ice around the net. He displays great puck skills under pressure and on the rush, controlling the puck and distributing it effectively at top speeds. His shot is lethal; quick and deceptive, his release seems to fool opposing goaltenders as he changes shooting angles and looks off passing options. Each night, Larmand is one of the hardest workers on the ice, never taking a shift off.
Area of Improvement:
- Top-End Speed
If there was one aspect in which Larmand could improve in order to become a top-tier prospect for the 2019 OHL Draft, it would be in his top-end speed. While his skating his solid, showing good agility and acceleration, he doesn’t necessarily display separation speed that would allow him to blow by defenders along the wing.
Namely when breaking out from his own zone and skating the puck through the neutral zone, this aspect would make Larmand all the more difficult to defend. As well, a more explosive first three steps would make Larmand tougher more dangerous on turnovers and on recovered loose pucks.
In all, Ethan Larmand is a prospect who can do it all and who will be a coach’s dream wherever he plays. He has an incredible worth ethic and never takes a shift off, leading by example and often driving his team’s offence. Larmand’s consistency has slowly driven himself into the ETA’s elite tier of offensive producers.
A prospect who continues to impress and who displays a five-tool game, Larmand’s stock will only continue to rise for the 2019 OHL Draft. At this time, he projects as a fringe second-round pick, with definite room to rise before the big day.