The Carolina Hurricanes’ 44th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft is already showing a ton of promise in his third season with the Sarnia Sting.
Jamieson Rees was selected in the 2nd round, 44th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
The 18 year-old Hamilton, Ontario native is currently killing it in the OHL with the Sarnia Sting. Rees has recorded 12 goals and 22 assists, for a combined 34 points in 17 games played, at the time of the writing of this article.
This is a huge progression over his point totals from last year: 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 combined points in 37 games played.
Rees has been touted as having an elite hockey IQ, alongside blazing speed and very solid puck skills. Judging by his numbers so far this season, he is well on the way to making the next step in his hockey career.
According to Corey Pronman of The Athletic:
"“He’s a highly skilled player with a compete level that is just as good, and he can score and kill penalties.”"
Rees has also drawn high praise from hockeyprospect.com, and Future Considerations, who said that Rees “looks to make highly technical no-look passes around the goal-line and can find his teammates through tight-seams in heavy-traffic”, and is “a smooth skating, playmaking forward who can carry the puck on a string”, respectively.
We could very well see Rees in the AHL as early as next season, given his current level of progression, and could even see him called up for an NHL game or two as early as the 2020-21 preseason.
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Rees is an elite-level playmaker, who is widely regarded as the Carolina Hurricanes’ most promising prospect from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, aside from 1st Round, 28th overall selection Ryan Suzuki. Suzuki has been sidelined since November 4th from an eye injury sustained in the first period of a game against the Saginaw Spirit.
The Carolina Hurricanes had an incredible draft in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and Rees is just the first of a long line of Hurricanes’ prospects that are making waves in their respective leagues.
Rees is by far the main prospect to keep your eye on, especially if you’re looking to get familiar with some of the closer-to-NHL-ready prospects the Carolina Hurricanes have in the various developmental leagues around the globe.
Rees was more than fitting to begin my new Prospect Profile series, a continuation of last year’s similarly-titled series in which I highlighted Carolina Hurricanes’ prospects in the AHL. Stay tuned for the next installment of the series, which will feature the Carolina Hurricanes’ goaltender of the future: Pyotr Kochetkov.
Question for CC Readers: Who else would you like to see featured in this series?