Prospect Profile: Ross Stanley

Name: Ross Stanley

Team: OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)

Position: Defense

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Height/Weight: 5’10 150lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 40th Overall – Edmonton Oil Kings

DraftGeek Rank: 58th


Areas of Strength

  • Special Teams 
  • Defensive Reach
  • Ability to play in Structure

Areas of Weakness

  • Offensive Transporting
  • Consistency
  • Assertiveness

Report: Behind Keaton Dowhaniuk, Stanley was the second option on OHA Edmonton’s this past season. He scored 21 points over 29 games over the regular season. Stanley is a long rangy two-way puck rushing defenseman that plays with versatility and long reach. Stanley skates like a skier with his feet wide, using this to smartly shield the puck by widening his base and gliding with his speed. Stanley plays an in the moment type of game where he seems to score weird goals at weird times, with a couple of goals this year on the penalty kill. Stanley doesn’t have a hard shot but it seems to hit the right spots on the net at the right time. With his naturally gifted size and range, Stanley covers a lot of the ice while defending and contains players well. Shows willingness to get up in the rush and trail the play as sort of a catch and shoot option. Stanley makes good reads in transition, curling up in his defensive end with capable handling through the neutral zone and gaining the offensive zone, could work on adjusting to pressure and getting pucks down low as he can bobble pucks when pressure mounts on him. At his best when he keeps it simple over the blue line and releases quick shots on net. Exhibits strength and skill with his stick allowing him to win defensive battles and out power players in front of his own net. Able to pry away pucks off sticks with his long reach. Solid awareness in his defensive end, making slight adjustments to his positioning in front of his own net and keeping his head engaged. Stanley needs to work on his consistency and add some strength but the frame work around him is promising. Potential top four WHL defenseman.