The Draft Mindset: Corson Ceulemans

Successful NHL franchises are built through the draft. For that reason, it is never too early to start looking ahead at potential draft options for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2021. As of now, the 2021 NHL Entry Draft is set for July 23–24, 2021. It is unknown how the event will be held, whether virtual again or held in an arena. Depending on how well the Flyers do this season will determine where they pick in the draft. A potential first-round option is defenseman Corson Ceulemans of the AJHL.

2021 NHL Entry Draft Scouting Report: Corson Ceulemans

Position: D

Team: Brooks Bandits(AJHL)

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 196 pounds

Shoots: Right

Corson Ceulemans is a defenseman out of Regina, Saskatchewan, who currently plays with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. Last season, Ceulemans posted five goals and 30 assists for 35 points in 44 games played. Additionally, he was second on the team in points scored by a defenseman. This season, like many leagues, the AJHL has struggled to play due to Covid-19. Ceulemans has only played two games in the 2020-21 season, scoring two goals and three assists for five points. The right-shot defenseman is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2022-23 season.

Ceulemans was drafted 100th overall in the 2018 WHL draft by the Moose Jaw Warriors. If the AJHL has trouble coming back this year, Ceulmans may have some options to play with other teams, one possibility being the Warriors.

Rankings

#17 by Future Considerations 

#15 by Neutral Zone

#31 by Recruit Scouting

#38 by Dobber Prospects

#16 by Draft Prospects Hockey

When scouts watch Ceulemans play, he reminds them of Avalanche star Cale Makar. Both him and Makar play alike and are taking the same path to the NHL by going from the AJHL to the NCAA. 

Ceulemans is a dynamic offensive defenseman who is an evasive puck carrier. He possesses elite hands and passing abilities all over the ice. He makes for a solid power-play quarterback with his set of skills who can move the puck and take smooth shots from the blueline. Ceulemans possesses overall exceptional skating abilities with strong strides and lateral movements. 

Defensively, Ceulemans does a good job of pushing the opposition to the outside and break up some plays. However, he will need to get stronger to do a better job of using more physicality in the defensive zone.

With the Flyers off to a tough start to the season, it’s clear the Flyers need more size on the backend. If Ceulemans gained more strength, he could be a great option to help the Flyers defensive core get stronger physically. 

Quotables

“Ceulemans isn’t the relative-late bloomer that Makar was; he’s been on the radar for quite some time as one of the best in his age group. But he has the potential to be the same type of impact player from the blue line that can control the game with his skating and puck movement.” SBN College Hockey

“Corson is a player with outstanding skill and vision. His ability to handle the puck in traffic with poise and calmness is one of the finest I have ever coached. His skating stride is strong, long, and efficient. He really matured as a defender and his play without the puck has become a far bigger strength.” Head Coach of OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep 

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