Today's potential Caps draftee is Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67's in the OHL.
Birthplace: Orleans, Ontario
Date of Birth 12/21/93 (age 18)
Weight: 208 lbs
Cody Ceci is a mobile, strong two way defenseman. This year with the 67's he was able to play a lot in all situations, getting 17 goals and 43 assists in 64 games this year, adding 2 goals and 13 assists in 18 games in the playoffs (where the 67's made it to the conference finals) - and the Caps need consistent players in the playoffs. A great puck mover at OHL level, plus excellent on ice vision and intelligence, he could be a real asset to the Caps in the near future (as his size suggests, he is almost NHL ready - give him another season in the OHL).
His draft stock has improved significantly over this past season, originally starting out as late 1st rounder, he is now expected to fall in the top ten, being ranked as no.9 by the ISS, so what's to say he won't keep improving at this pace?
However, his lack of physical presence despite his size is cause for concern, especially as the NHL is far more physical than any junior leauge. He has to work on this. Also, his production may be very good at OHL level, he is unproven at a higher level, as his playmaking may not be as effective up in the big league. All in all though, if he is still available at #11, the Caps should seriously consider him, but if he's still available at #16, the Caps should take him, no doubt about it - he's a slight gamble, sure, but if we pick up a more low risk prospect at #11, this would be a great first round.