With the 176th pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues select left wing LIAM DUNDA of the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League.
The Hockey Prospect.com "Black Book" scouting report on Dunda describes him as a player with "massive size," and one who "played a game that is very well suited to his body as a physically intimidating player. He hit hard and punished opponents whenever possible."
The "Black Book" goes on to say that Dunda "is pretty limited (offensively). He has a decent shot and even showed a few flashes of playmaking ability late in the season but all in all Liam’s upside is his potential as a simple hard nosed physical player who isn't afraid to drop the gloves either." Dunda was the youngest player eligible for the 2015 Draft, born on the cutoff day of Sep. 15, 1997... a day later and he would not have been eligible until next year's Draft.
In an interview posted on blues.nhl.com, Director of Amateur Scouting Bill Armstrong had these comments about Dunda:
"He’s an exciting kid. Our scouts were at the end of the table pounding (on it), wanting us to take this guy, They feel he’s really raw, but he’s another big guy that can skate. He’s had a little (issue with) consistency where we’d like to see him play a little bit tougher all the time, but he can fight and he’s got the ability to get there for the hit. One of our scouts drafted him (in the OHL Priority Selection), so we’ve got some good insight, and there’s more (to come) from him. A lot of the guys said that he reminded them of (Sabres’ veteran forward) Matt Moulson, so he’s an intriguing player, too."
|Position||Left Wing||Future Considerations||N/R|
|Shoots||Left||Hockey Prospect Black Book||N/R|
|Weight||212 lbs||CSS Preliminary||N America N/R|
|Born||Sep. 15, 1997||CSS Midterm||N/R N America|
|Where||Grimsby, Obntario||CSS Final||N/R N America|
|2014-15||Plymouth (OHL)||21||2||3||5||- 4||22||1||0||0|
|Owen Sound (OHL)||32||0||4||4||- 2||36||0||0||0|
|... Playoffs||5||0||1||1||- 1||2||0||0||0|