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Ben Danford

D

6’1

Quinte Red Devils

U16

AAA 

170 lbs

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One of the top available defensemen for the 2022 OHL draft, right shooting Ben Danford is simply elite for the age level. Danford stands as one of the top 3 defensemen in the ETA, the top defenseman on his team, and ranks amongst the top of the age group overall. Now serving as the team's full time captain, Danford serves as an absolutely dominant player, who can control and run the game through his play. Danford is a player who is frequently on the ice for big minutes, and is capable of just eating those minutes up like they were nothing. Despite his larger frame, Danford has amazing skating and footwork, while also displaying elite vision, which helps him set up his teammates throughout a game. Danford is a highly dedicated player away from the game, and is frequently searching for more on ice opportunities to better hone his abilities further. Danford is a defenseman who is praised for his ability to go out and face off against the top ETA talents on a regular basis, where he is capable of shutting them down effortlessly. Danfords offensive game is definitely amongst the higher end as well, as he is second in points amongst defensemen on the team, while being over a point per game as well. This has helped Danford land amongst the top 5 for points amongst defensemen in the league. At the draft, it would be no surprise to see Danford going in the higher end of the first round, where he could very likely step into the OHL immediately. At the OHL level, Danford could project similar to a Ryan Ellis type of defenseman, not necessarily the biggest but with an elite two-way game. Expect Danford to become a top 4 to elite level defenseman at the next level, the future is bright and he should not be passed on

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