OHL Prospect Profile: Carson Christy
– Carson Christy –
Oshawa Generals (ETA) | Centre | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible
Oshawa, Ontario | 5’11”, 155-pounds | October 15th, 2004
The Oshawa Generals stand as one of the top teams in the ETA this season, and for good reason. Not only do they feature consistent goaltending and a crew of capable defenders, but the Generals are paced offensively by a trio of dynamic offensive players. In addition to the exploits of Nathan Poole and Luke Torrance, the Generals feature the high-flying Carson Christy — a dynamic forward who is quickly developing into one of the most lethal goal-scorers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Having led the ETA in goal-scoring by a wide margin for the majority of the 2019-20 season, Christy has and continues to establish himself as a top prospect poised for selection in the upcoming OHL Draft.
With this being said, let’s dive deeper into Christy’s game.
- On-Ice Intelligence and Instincts
- Puck Handling Abilities
- Innate Playmaking Ability
- Shot Release and Accuracy
- Skating Speed and Agility
- Work Ethic
When it comes to Christy’s strengths, there are many. First and foremost, there are Christy’s intelligence on the ice and his natural offensive instincts. Unlike many players, Christy knows where to be on the ice and when, and regularly positions himself in locations from which he can do significant damage in a quiet and deceptive manner. Once the puck finds Christy, he truly is a shifty force who is incredibly difficult to predict and defend. Owing to his lightning-quick and decisive hands with the puck on his stick, Christy can keep opposing defenders off balance given the fact that he is a threat to pass the puck as well as shoot it. Moreover, as an agile and purposeful skater, Christy can use his feet in combination with his hands to weave through opposing defenders before firing an accurate shot on net or dishing the puck off to one of his fellow teammates.
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More often than not, however, Christy will elect to whip the puck on goal, and for good reason — at the time of publication, Christy led the ETA in goal-scoring with 39 tallies in 34 games played. What makes Christy such a threat to score is not simply his shot alone, but also is overwhelming work ethic. Sure, Christy features an accurate shot defined by its quick and accurate release, but the youngster can bulge the twine in more ways than one. Despite possessing the ability to beat goaltenders cleanly, Christy is not afraid to drive hard to the net in search of rebounds of loose pucks and will willingly go to the more difficult areas of the ice in order to claim the puck and generate offence for his team.
Areas for Improvement:
- First Step Acceleration
- Puck Protection
Although he stands as a top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Christy isn’t without room for improvement within in his game. Despite standing as a wildly talented young player, Christy would do well to improve his first step acceleration — doing so will allow him to reach top speed in the blink of an eye while also creating greater separation between himself and his opponents. Secondly, there is Christy’s ability to protect the puck — as he grows older and stronger, his balance on his skates and ability to fend off opponents will undoubtedly improve. Once he further develops these two abilities Christy will stand as a well-rounded offensive player, and one who will command success at the next-level.
At the end of the day, Christy stands as a premier goal-scoring prospect eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. Owing to his ability to bulge the twine and generate offence on a consistent basis, Christy should and could be chosen anywhere from the late first round to the second round of the Priority Selection. Does he have room to improve before ascending to the OHL-level? Absolutely, but so do all players of his age. In short, we could be talking about a future 40-goal scorer at the Major Junior level — Christy’s work ethic and productivity are simply that potent.