Prospect Profile: Corson Ceulemans

Name: Corson Ceulemans

Team: OHA Edmonton Midget Prep (CSSHL)

Position: Defense

Date of Birth: May 5th 2003

Hometown: Beaumont, Alberta

Height/Weight: 6’0 183lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 100th Overall in 2018 – Moose Jaw Warriors (Signed)

*Committed to University of Wisconsin*

*Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft*


Areas of Strength

  • Explosiveness Offensively
  • Shifty Puck Transporting
  • Poised Puck Control

Areas of Weakness

  • Physicality
  • Consistency
  • Defensive Engagement

 

Player Report: On few scouts list, Ceuleman’s was ranked the second best defensemen in the 2003 class leading up to the WHL Draft. His stock fell going into the draft as he committed to the University of Wisconsin a couple weeks before. Ceuleman’s has been an offensive pivot for both team’s he suited up for in his bantam years. Spending his rookie season with the Leduc Oil Kings of the AMBHL, finishing second on his team in points with 21 in 34 regular season games played. He moved to the CSSHL the season following, joining the OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep. He lead defensemen on his team in combined (Regular Season + Playoffs) scoring with 38 in 35 games. Ceuleman’s joins the OHA Edmonton Midget Prep’s this upcoming season where he is expected to play a key offensive role. Committed to the Brook’s Bandits of the AJHL for the 2019-2020 season.

Corson Ceuleman’s is a dynamic offensive defender who plays with elusive puck transporting and an assertiveness in all three zone. Ceuleman’s has boasts a tremendous offensive package that hasn’t been seen by a kid coming out of bantam for a few season’s now. A fleet footed defender, Ceuleman’s possesses a lengthy technical stride along with agile footwork making him one of the toughest puck rushing players to contain. Along with his above average skating, he dictates the pace of play well and has a knack for attacking loosing pucks or cutting off passing lanes with explosive footwork. Ceuleman’s creativity when leading the rush is unique, he hones eye catching puck skills in the neutral zones and can control the puck with range. Attacks with lateral mobility, changing his line of attacks and creating lanes for himself A highly skilled and high effective offensive puck rusher who can change the game with one rush but can also lead to risky plays going his own way, improve his defensive retreats as the season progressed however. A tricky player on the blue line with his deceptiveness and creativity. He has exceptional footwork and utilizes it to its full extent to create shooting lanes by walking the blue line, possesses a wicked quick release on a shot, tricky release points make him a tough player for goalies to read.. A proven power play quarterback, Ceuleman’s can execute complicated passes on both his forehand or back hand with precision. Loves to hold the blue lines and keep pucks alive in the offensive zone. Defensively, Ceuleman’s has proven that he is looking to improve. His gap control looked much stronger in the later half of the year. A much better forward skating player than a backwards skating player, Ceuleman’s is constantly looking to step up quickly on puck carriers and force tough pressure on them. His defensive zone play has also improved, he’s much more aware of where he needs to be and how to defend, especially infront of his net. Provides an active stick and can poke pucks out of passing lanes or off players sticks. His explosiveness allows him to retrieve loose pucks quickly and transition to offence immediately. Overall, Ceuleman’s is an elite offensive defender whose maturity and focuses mentality has led him to improve his all around two-way game. I’m excited to see his true potential as he possesses high end upside and is likely dominant in the AJHL once he adds strength.

I’d expect Ceuleman’s to be an elite defender in the AJHL as soon as he enters the league. There really hasn’t been anyone (atleast in my memory) that has been as highly touted choosing to take the AJHL route. Brook’s is an excellent place for Ceuleman’s to grow his two-way game and he has all the upside to be a first round NHL selection. I’d expect Ceuleman’s to be upwards of a 35+ point defender in his 16 year old season. Likely a Canada West player and a 60+ point defender in his second season with the Bandits. Similar offensive tool’s to a player like Cale Makar, better at this age than Makar was. 

Coaches Quote: “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. His a personality is one of humor and ease. He is a mature, focused and driven young man.” – Sean Beissel (Head Coach/OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep)

 

Past Seasons:

2016-2017 – Leduc Oil Kings: 34GP-9G-12A-21PTS 55PIMS

2017-2018 – OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep: 30GP-8G-23A-31PTS 16PIMS Playoffs: 5GP-0G-7A-7PTS 2PIMS

 

Accolades:

2017-2018 CSSHL Bantam Prep Champion