NHL Draft: Ethan Leyh

Name: Ethan Leyh

Team: Langley Riverman (BCHL)

Position: Forward

Height/Weight: 6’0 185lbs

Hand: Left

NHL Draft Ranking: N/A 

Western Prospects Ranking: 44th

Estimated Draft Position: Seventh Round


Areas of Strength

  • Ruthless Tenacity
  • Dialled-in Engagement
  • Elusive Quickness

Areas of Weakness

  • Physical Strength
  • Short Fused Temper
  • Lacks Consistency

Report: Ethan Leyh is a veteran of three BCHL seasons and is in his second full season as a member of the Langley Rivermen. He made his initial foray into Jr.A as a 15 year old, making five appearances with the Prince George Spruce Kings and chipping in an assist. This current campaign has seen Leyh improve upon his rookie totals by eleven points while playing two less games (10G-21A in 53 games compared to 15G-27A in 51 games) while putting up a consistent 39 PIMS in both full seasons. He was recognized with an invitation to join team Canada West at this years World Jr.A Challenge. Before becoming a go-to guy for the Rivermen, Leyh was a highly productive player with Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep of the CSSHL and then the North East Chiefs in the BCMML, where as a first year he finished fourth in the scoring race of a league largely dominated by second and third year players. His 1.88 points per game that campaign were second to only Eli Zummack, who played just ten games before getting called up to WHL Spokane. Leyh will enter a stable environment next year at Quinnipiac University with head coach Rand Pecknold entering his 25thseason behind the bench. The Bobcats also recruit heavily within the BCHL, employing ten ex-BCHLers on their 2018-19 roster.

A left handed center who plays in all situations for his team, Leyh is a responsible two-way player despite his young age. Not overly tall or very thick, he relies upon his hockey sense and skating ability to influence the game. His top speed is slightly above average and he can be difficult to contain for less agile defenders in tight space situations as he possesses good lateral quickness and always keeps his feet moving. Has a solid release and accuracy but is more of a situational shooter than a velocity shooter. Goes to the net hard to track down loose pucks or create screens. Displays some emotion in his game, at times getting on his teammates for missed opportunities. Needs to make sure to channel that emotion positively. Occupies the half wall on his teams primary power play unit and displays a good level of patience under pressure. Likes to drive off of the wall and shoot once traffic gathers. Won’t blow defenders away with his puck handling but also shouldn’t be taken lightly. Defensively, there weren’t many times during my viewings that Leyh had the chance to get a puck out of his own zone and didn’t. He has a very solid recognition of when to make a simple defensive out or when it is safe to carry the puck for an offensive possibility. His flick area passes end up working with more frequency than one might expect, landing in a soft area that his teammates can skate onto. Good weak side coverage in his defensive zone.

Leyh was counted on this year by his team to be a difference maker at all times and in all situations of the game and performed admirably. Going into a more insulated environment at Quinnipiac University next season could be big for his development as he may need to transition his game and focus more of his efforts on adopting a defensive specialist/PK’er style of play to find success at a level beyond the NCAA. In any event, his hard working nature and chance to mature for the next four years may just serve him very well in that eventual pursuit of a pro hockey career.