Prospect Profile: Connor Levis

Name: Connor Levis

Team: St. George’s Academy (CSSHL)

Position: Forward

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Height/Weight: 6’1 170lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 

DraftGeek Rank: 11


 

Areas of Strength

  • Physical Tool-Set
  • Zone to Zone Speed
  • Puck Management

Areas of Weakness

  • Blue Line Approach
  • Intensity

Report: As of right now, Connor Levis is verbally committed to playing college hockey at the University of Michigan, however that may change at any point. If he were fully committed to playing in the WHL he would be a consensus top 15 selection. Levis is a big stocky rangy offensive centerman with a toolbox full of projectable assets. Levis size and frame along is one that is easy to predict, built with similar skating mechanics and framework to a player like Nolan Patrick. Levis handles the puck adeptly at length, controls with the puck in front of his body and changes his hand positioning to different pressure points to remain in full control. Keeps the same compose skating stride in all areas, a smooth flowing stride that builds speed consistently with the more strides he is able to take. Gaining most of his speed through the neutral zone and entering the offensive end with a head of steam, using his speed to push defenders back and create space for himself to adjust his approach inside the blue line. Levis strength on his edge’s make him tough to predict with the puck, he can create so many different angles to attack from and his reactive mindset with his hands let him elude stick checks with ease. Most of the time Levis will look to burn defenders wide with the speed he is carrying, curling around the net and utilizing his natural reach to keep the puck out of range for the defenseman to pick off while continuing to build his acceleration. Levis had much more effective reads at the beginning of the season, he would trust his vision with the puck and compute the offensive end as he drives below the goal line but seemingly over the second half he has over handled the puck up high to the blue line where he would lose the puck at times. As of right now his most effective strategy with the puck is to stop up and let the puck do its work with finesse passes over traffic. Likes to work from the backhand in the offensive zone, always has his head up and engaged. With near a goal a game average, Levis can score at will as well. He’s got a strong release at top speed and knows how to pick his spot in stride. Quite agile for his size, commands the ice when the puck is on his stick and a player who creates flow for the game. High level puck skills. Defensively Levis lets the game come to him a bit more, doesn’t impose that big stocky frame of his but instead sticks to his positioning and looks to break up plays with a sturdy stick. Quickly swoops up the ice when the puck transitions from defense to offense. Many teams would be willing to take Levis with their first round pick if he gives them a commitment, his puck management abilities and raw tools are things that will continue to grow and make him such an effective junior hockey play.