Prospect Profile: Harrison Blaisdell

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Name: Harrison Blaisdell

Team: Chilliwack Chiefs (BC)

Position: Center

Date of Birth: March 3rd, 2001

Hometown: Regina, SK.

Height/Weight: 5’11, 181 lbs

Hand: Left

WHL Draft: #31st Overall in 2016- Vancouver Giants (Unsigned)

College Commitment: University of North Dakota (2019-20)

Eligible for 2019 NHL Entry Draft


Areas of Strength:

  • Skating ability
  • Compete
  • Two-way Game

Areas of Weakness:

  • Size
  • Consistency
  • Vertical Speed

 

Scouting Report: A second year BCHL’er with the Chilliwack Chiefs, Harrison Blaisdell has taken his game to the next level this season, his first as an NHL draft eligible player. After putting together a very respectable 16-year old season (9-12-21 in 49 games) Blaisdell has upped the ante offensively with totals of 33 goals and 58 points so far through 51 games. While having missed a handful of games while away representing Team Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge may have hurt his standing in the BCHL point race, he has still been a constant within the top 20 scorers all season long. The University of North Dakota commit has also proven to be a winner over the past few seasons: 2015-16 CSSHL Bantam Prep Champions with Yale Hockey Academy, 2016-17 SMHL Champions with the Regina Pat Canadians, World Junior A Challenge Champion and Royal Bank Cup Champion with the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2017-18.

Blaisdell is a fairly balanced threat offensively, blending goal scoring and vision into a dynamic package. His shot is high end and he has the release to go along with velocity and pinpoint accuracy. His two-way approach and attention to detail defensively often drive his offensive game through a “create a turnover and transition it up ice very quickly” style of play. Consistently one of the hardest workers on the ice, the current Chilliwack Chief is a catalyst for his high-powered line with his tenacity and dogged puck pursuit in all zones on the ice. Blaisdell has a good frame and has some surprising strength despite what some people may view as a lack of height standing at 5’11 (father Mike, an NHL’er in the 80’s, stood at 6 ft.). His wide stride and strong edge control allow him to maintain body positioning and control in contact situations. A fantastic skater, the former Pat Canadian plays the game with tremendous pace, flying up and down the ice. His quickness isn’t limited to his feet, however, as he possesses hands that are capable of keeping up with his lower body movements, often leaving opposing defenders in the dust or in a pretzel. More likely to score goals off of the rush with his blazing speed, change of pace and precision edge control that puts rivals on their heels, but is equally adept in the puck possession game, keeping his eyes up in the offensive zone with the puck on his stick. Blaisdell is able to back off defensemen with his speed which opens up lanes for his teammates, or exploit lanes himself with bursts of speed to create breakaway or partial break opportunities. The hands and stick handling ability displayed in Bantam as a Yale Lion are still evident today only with an added two plus years of progression which has been very beneficial.

Overall, Blaisdell is a complete two-way center that plays a pro-style game and has significant upside. Wearing an “A” in only second year with the team, Harrison is clearly an on-ice leader within the organization, leading by example and playing in every situation. Likely selected in the second round of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, his hockey journey will see him depart the comfy confines of Prospera Center in Chilliwack for  the big time feel of Ralph Engelstad Arena at UND. Chiefs fans had better appreciate what they have before it’s gone!

 

Past Seasons:

2014-15 Regina Monarchs Bantam AA: 31GP-23G-25A-48PTS 66PIMS

2015-16 Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep: 25GP-20G-34A-54PTS 38PIMS

2016-17 Regina Pat Canadians: 40GP-20G-21A-41PTS 60PIMS

                        Mac’s Midget Tournament: 4GP-3G-1A-4PTS 2PIMS

2017-18 Chilliwack Chiefs: 49GP-9G-12A-21PTS 34PIMS

                        Playoffs: 7GP-0G-2A-2PTS 2 PIMS

                        RBC Cup: 7GP-1G-1A-2PTS 0PIMS

2018-19 Chilliwack Chiefs: 51GP-33G-25A-58PTS 35PIMS

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