Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #34 Vince Dunn

Vince Dunn was one of the better offensive defensemen in the OHL this season, and his draft stock has been rising significantly over the course of the season as a result. 

Continue past the jump for his breakdown. 

Bio:

  • Age:  17.92 at the start of the past season.  Born October 29, 1996
  • Birthplace: Peterborough, Ontario
  • Position: Defense
  • Frame: 6’0” – 187 lbs
  • Draft Year Team: Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
  • Accomplishments: CHL Top Prospects Game

Stats:

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Thorold Blackhawks GOJHL 48 5 23 28 35 | Playoffs 13 3 5 8 10 
 2013-2014 Niagara IceDogs OHL 63 5 28 33 45 | Playoffs 7 0 1 1
 2014-2015 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 18 38 56 59 | Playoffs 8 6 4 10 22 


Player statistics © www.eliteprospects.com

GP ES G ES A1 ES A2 ES PTS ES GF% rel ES GF% AA PPG% TmPT%
68 9 9 11 29 57% 4% 0.75 20.70%

Via CHLstats.com

PCS% 2014 PCS P/82 2014   PCS% 2013 PCS P/82 2013
24% 25   15% 23
PCS Most NHL GP PCS Highest Pts/GP
Glen Wesley Mike Green
Brad Stuart Drew Doughty
Stephane Quintal Marc-Andre Bergeron

Scouts: 

McKenzie CSS NA Hockey Prospectus Future Considerations Button Pronman
36 32 44 34 54 79

From Curtis Joe, EliteProspects:

An offensive defenceman that sees the ice well and makes high-percentage plays. Very mobile, poised with the puck, and actively joins the rush. Is great with his stick; possesses a good shot and makes seamless tape-to-tape passes. Not the biggest body, but can out-work bigger opponents for puck possession. All-in-all, an offensive defenceman who will thrive in a system where puck possession is key. 

From Craig Button, TSN:

Dunn is a very good skater who moves fast and can take advantage of offensive opportunities. Very confident in his skating and he is a catalyst for creating chances. His skating can make up for mistakes but development requires him to eliminate the unnecessary ones.

From Future Considerations:

An offensive minded defender… a solid skater who uses his speed and mobility to jump into the attack…uses his speed to drive the puck wide and open up lanes for team mates…confident with the puck…moves the puck well, and is very rarely caught out of position…a strong power play quarterback who can see the ice…make a good passes and has a solid shot…smart decisions regarding open teammates and passing lanes…uses his stick well and is positional sound in his own zone…a good offensive blue liner who just needs to round out his game. 

OUR TAKE: 

With the loss of over-agers Luke Mercer and Jesse Graham from the IceDog blue line at the end of last season, Vince Dunn was able to grab the opportunity to take on a staring role. He didn’t disappoint, ranking among the top defensemen in the CHL in most offensive categories including even strength points (6th), even strength points-per-game (9th), and age adjusted points-per-game (7th). 

His offensive success was undoubtedly helped by playing on one of the strongest offensive teams in the OHL which boasted two 2014 first round picks in Brendan Perlini (Coyotes) and Josh Ho-Sang (Islanders), as well as Carter Verhaeghe, who went in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft (Leafs). 

Nevertheless, his offensive package hits all the right notes. He plays the game at a very high tempo, with slick acceleration, and excellent vision. At 6’0, he’s a bit smaller than the average NHL defender, and he’s not known for his physical play, so he’ll have to overcome that with his speed and play making ability. 

Dunn had an excellent postseason for the IceDogs, scoring 6 goals and 10 points in 8 games. Those are the types of traits that often leave scouts with the “he plays well when it counts” tag, so it’ll be interesting to see if that good last impression leads a team to reaching for him in the first round. 

With players like Mike Green, Glen Wesley, Brad Stuart, and Drew Doughty being PCS comparables, Dunn has that “high reward” potential to become a top 4 offensive defensemen, warranting second round consideration. However, with a PCS of 24%, less than 1 in 4 comparable players to Dunn went on to successful NHL careers, so his consensus rankings in the second round make a lot of sense. 

  • 916oiler

    Bring them all up to the NHL and let them learn and develop there. Playing around in a league where the level is one down doesn’t help them gauge where they are at compared to the bar anyways.

    Wouldn’t hurt if you ask me, what do the
    Canucks have to lose? They’ve been losing with their “pro” players anyways, couldn’t get any worse. But that’s if the Canucks want a real future..oops, I spoke to soon.