Prospect Profile: Keagan Slaney

Photo Source: Discover Airdrie

Name: Keagan Slaney

Team: Edge Academy (CSSHL)

Position: Defense

Date of Birth: 2003

Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta

Height/Weight: 5’9 170lbs

Hand: Left

WHL Draft: 20th Overall in 2018 – Edmonton Oil Kings (Signed)

 

*Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft*


Areas of Strength

  • Puck Hound
  • Skating Abilities
  • Two-Way game

Areas of Weakness

  • Size
  • Covering Ice
  • High Physical Work Load

 

Player Report: Going into the 2018 WHL Draft we had Slaney pinned in the 23rd ranked spot, we expected him to be a late first to early second round pick and ultimately he was selected in that range with the 20th overall pick by the Edmonton Oil Kings. When they had selected him I knew size was a bit of an issue for him and felt maybe that was high for a team like Edmonton to take him but he completely destroyed any doubts i had about him as a first round pick at there training camp. He was dynamite physically and his game fluidly translated over while also looking much stronger and quicker. A player who spent both of his bantam seasons playing the AMBHL with the Airdrie Xtreme AAA team, producing 13 points in 31 games as a rookie in 2016-2017. He captain the Airdrie Xtreme in his second season to an AMBHL Championship and led all AMBHL defensemen with 36 points in 35 games played. Slaney is playing with the Edge Academy Midget Preps of the CSSHL this season.

Keagan Slaney is an skillful two-way defender equipped with high end mobility and formidable transitional capabilities. Slaney’s a stay-at-home defender who is capable of contributing offensive by boasting powerful shooting abilities and above average puck distributing. Capable of managing the game from the back end. Slaney anticipates the play extremely well, constantly engaged and focused on the puck. Displays an abundance of energy from the back end. His overall skating abilities are elite to say the least as he combines impressive edge work with a controlled + compact stride. Often relies on his skating to make quick deceptive cut off plays on the puck. Defensively transitioning Slaney maintains a tight cap and suffocates puck carriers with pressure and an active stick, keeping the play to the outside. In his own zone Slaney is a puck hound. Covers man on man exceptionally well, forcing pressure on and off puck carriers by anticipating and getting a quick step on his man. Slaney is constantly engaged in his defensive zone, plays assertive when it needs to and isn’t afraid of heavy physical play. Slaney’s willingness to compete in all three zones makes him a versatile asset to any teams blue line. Has all the tool’s as well offensive to become a potential power play quarterback at the WHL level. He brings leader ship qualities to whatever team he plays on and is a lead by example type of player. 

Overall I think Slaney is going to be going into a beneficial situation with the Oil Kings. He can be that next Dyson Mayo type of defender who they really haven’t had since Dyson Mayo. A dynamic puck moving defender with intangible qualities and a winning attitude. A piece that they don’t have on there back end right now. Will struggle to adapt as a 16 year old, which is common for a smaller defender. Slaney is bound to a have a long successful WHL career. A likely 40+ point defender in one or two seasons.

 

Past Seasons:

2016-2017 – Airdrie Xtreme: 31GP-2G-11A-13PTS 40PIMS

2017-2018 – Airdrie Xtreme: 35GP-13G-23A-36PTS 40PIMS Playoffs: 13GP-4G-6A-10PTS 18PIMS

 

Accolades:

2017-2018 AMBHL Champion

AMBHL South Top Defensemen