NHL DRAFT PRIMER PART TWO: CORCORAN
Photo: Terry Wilson / OHL Images
(Windsor, ON) – Defenceman Connor Corcoran made some big strides during the 2017-18 season, his second full year in the Ontario Hockey League.
NHL Central Scouting has him pegged as the 123rd-ranked skater among North Americans. Will it be enough to hear his name chosen on Saturday in Dallas?
Q: What’s the plan for you and your family this week?
CC: We’re all going to fly there (to Dallas) on Thursday. I wanted to go for the experience. Then whatever happens, happens. Even if I don’t get drafted, it doesn’t mean anything. There’s lots of ways to make it there and plenty of guys that have done it the hard way in recent years.
Q: You’re projected to be a late-round pick based on your position in Central Scouting’s final list. How much do you put into that number?
CC: I believe there’s obviously something to the rankings. But I also think there’s a lot more talk behind closed doors. I also think it’s really just a number. All you need is one team that likes you enough to call your name.
Q: What are you hoping teams see in you?
CC: I hope they saw my development last year. That they can see me getting bigger and faster. I still have lots to work on. I hope I showed I’m a hard-working leader.
Q: With all the uncertainty, have you had that moment where you picture hearing your name called?
CC: Ya. I mean, it’s run through my mind a few times. If it does get called, having my family there would make it so much better. I’d love to see their reaction, with all the hard work they’ve put in. I’m looking forward to having a nice bit of time with them in Dallas either way.