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PLAYER PROFILE

Owen van de Ven

D

Mississauga Senators

U16

AAA 

6'2

170

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A stable, defense oriented defenseman, right shooting Owen van de Ven is quite the presence on the line. Comparing himself to Colton Parayko, van de Ven prides himself on his puck moving ability, his high IQ, his physicality, his puck control, and his skating. All of these attributes help to make him a staple on the blue line for his team, who know they have a reliable guy waiting in back if things go south. Van de Ven is a highly motivated player who works extremely hard and is determined to get his name noticed for the 2022 OHL draft. Van de Ven is also described as having a very kind and well rounded personality, and is very genuine. Over the course of the season, van de Ven is looking to work on his shooting ability, which would help him take the next step towards becoming a more two way player. Someone like van de Ven would be highly sought after in and around the middle rounds of the draft due to his defensive zone play, with the ability to break the puck out efficiently is normally something a team would love in a big defenseman. At the OHL level, van de Ven’s ability to transition to playing older, stronger players will be crucial, but if he continues to work on his shot and improve his overall defensive game, he could serve as an important piece in any team's D-Core. 

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