Name: Alec Bélanger
League: OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Team: Ottawa 67’s
Age/DOB: 18-years-old, May 29th, 2002
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Potential Draft Round: Third round
NHL Potential: Second pair defensemen
Alex Bélanger is a reliable two-way defensemen who plays a calm, but smart game on the ice. He has offensive skill and makes an impact offensively, but makes a point of making sure he is always ready to get back to his own zone. In his own zone, Bélanger is fairly skilled at being in the right position and getting himself in a prime spot to get pucks away from opposing attackers. He puts himself in between the player and their stick, which in turn, typically results in a puck loss.
Offensively, there is a lot of upside in Bélanger’s game. Majority of his goals come from high-danger areas in front of the net, but he has no problems shooting the puck from the blue-line. His passing abilities and vision are what stands out most in regards to his offensive talents.
Bélanger, 18-years-old, is always looking around the ice to find open teammates. He possesses accuracy in his passing abilities that allow him to make some rink-wide passes which can create breakout chances. At the next level, Bélanger has the potential to shine on the man advantage as a power play quarterback.
At the next level, his calmness and patience could prove to be very beneficial as it could serve him well on the power play. Being able to get the puck off his stick quickly and with accuracy are key skills that are needed to be a strong power play quarterback. These are skills that Alec Bélanger has.
Often times, the left-handed shooter makes it a point to be the last man back. Even when his team is on the attack, he is constantly making sure to get back in position to be the last line of defence on his team. His skating abilities make this a possibility for him.
Bélanger also has a quick stride which results in the defensemen being able to get back to his zone before the enemy can get the puck. Even when Bélanger loses a footrace to get the puck back, he makes sure to get himself in a position which takes away space from the attackers, limiting a scoring chance.
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