The Dallas Stars have selected left wing Cole Ully with the No. 131st pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Date of Birth: 2/20/1995
Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
Ht: 5'11" Wt: 165 lb
The avalanche of left wings at the 2013 NHL Entry draft continued in the fifth round tonight with Cole Ully out of Kamloops in the WHL. The Blazer is sure to please Razor Reaugh, but this one is a bit of a project as size could be a bit of an issue moving forward, and most draft guides praise his defense and stick work as a penalty killer.
He took a big step forward in his second full year with Kamloops, tallying 50 points in 62 games played. The Stars will hope his progress continues trending in that direction in 2013-2014.
As the picks progress into the fifth round and beyond it's disingenuous to pretend we know much, but these experts do...
DAL selects Ully. Great energy. Hustles, competes, quality speed. Has some ability with the puck as well.— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) July 1, 2013
Hockey Prospect Draft Guide
Ully plays the game at a quick pace. He is always on the pursuit of loose pucks, and quickly joins the rush off the wing to provide another option. When he handles the puck, his hands look loose and smooth as he stickhandles his way through trafﬁc. He identiﬁes open lanes quickly, and shifts his direction to attack any open seams. Ully is an average playmaker from the wall, but limits his turnovers with the puck. The one area of improvement for his game would be his ability to get shots off quickly from the slot. Ully takes too long to release his shots when he is covered, and lacks the size to be able to protect the puck and his stick from opponents to prevent them from disrupting his shots. Defensively, Ully is a good penalty killer who has a very good stick.
The Hockey Writers
Ully has good hockey instincts and that's no more readily apparent than it is when he's on the power-play. In short? He's excellent with the extra-man, as he has time and space to wheel and deal. He's not as effective five-on-five, when the size disparity is a bit more pronounced.
Deceptive scorer and playmaker who can take care of business at high speed. Smaller player who is still adapting to playing against the bigger WHL veterans. He needs continued weight training and girth. Has soft hands, and is a smooth passer on the attack. --Bill Placzek--