This draft profile is on the Ottawa 67's defenseman Cody Ceci. He was selected in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft 16th overall by the Ottawa 67's. This season is his third season playing in the OHL and over the past three seasons he has dramatically improved his point production, from 12 points in his first season to 60 this season. His style of play can be comparable to San Joses Brent Burns.
Defenseman / Ottawa 67s - OHL
December 21, 1993
Hometown: Orleans, Ontario
|2009-10 - Ottawa 67s||64||4||8||12||+3||12||--||12||0||3||3||+1||0|
|2010-11 - Ottawa 67s||68||9||25||34||+11||28||--||4||0||2||2||-5||4|
|2011-12 - Ottawa 67s||64||17||43||60||+21||14||--||18||2||13||15||+1||4|
Final CSS North America Rank: 6th
Future Considerations: 11th
Hockey Prospect: 13th
The Hockey Guys: 8th
Craig's List: 11th
What do they say about him?
The Scouting Report (Mid Term Rankings)
‘As it stands, Ceci has to be considered one of the premier defensemen not only in the OHL, but the Canadian Hockey League as a whole. He plays a strong offensive game and has developed into an exceptional puck mover and one of the top powerplay players in the OHL. Ceci has a big shot and does a good job distributing the puck and activating in the offensive zone. His defensive game has improved considerably since his 16-year-old season, but he still needs to show an increased commitment to the defensive end. As an 18-year-old, Ceci is a little ahead in the development curve of some of the other defensemen in the draft, but his strong offensive upside makes him a quality pick in this range.'
‘And after those few years he's developed into a mobile defenseman with size and dynamic skating ability; not to mention, he has huge offensive upside. He exudes poise and is more than calm with the puck on his stick. The 18-year-old can also quarterback a power-play.'
‘Cody does not play with too much of a physical edge (an area that experts would like to see an improvement in) but he does use his size and reach effectively in shutting down his opponents. Offensively, Ceci has exceptional hockey intelligence and earns his numbers through smart decision making and a big shoot from the point.'
'Ceci possesses one of the most feared shots in the OHL. His slapshot is an absolute bomb. He also has a hard and accurate wrist shot. Ceci is also very poised with the puck on his stick. He's a good stick handler, and is an excellent passer, making tape to tape passes both to start the 67's transition game, and in running the power play in the offensive zone. He also has the ability to both lead the rush, and join as the trailer, and can even go end to end at times.'
Cody Ceci in any other draft would be certain to go within the top 10 if not the top 5. It is not an understatement to say that Cody Ceci will almost certainly be an elite player when he reaches the NHL. He is ahead of the development curve for many defenders of his own age but he still needs improvements in his own end. Saying that, however, his plus/minus numbers are impressive and while putting up significantly more points this season he has still been able to be +21. Cody Ceci is an impressive all round defenseman and a potential top pairing or at the very least top 3 defenseman at the NHL level.
I personally believe that Cody Ceci would be a good choice for the Dallas Stars. Why Cody Ceci out of all these potentially elite defenders? It comes down to several factors. Though the Stars blueline prospects have definitely been strengthened over the past 2 or 3 years one area we lack significantly is elite offensively minded elite defenders.
Jamieson Oleksiak and potentially Patrick Nemeth can be considered to be elite but both are more defensive defenders. Another factor that Cody Ceci brings in is that he is a right shooting defensemen something that the Stars lack among our current prospects. He also has been pretty adapt at running the powerplay, something that is always good to have. He also already has the size to be a quality NHL defenseman.