Once in a while, Sean Day will offer a reminder of why Hockey Canada green-lighted him as the latest 15-year-old to start his path through major junior hockey a year early.
While there is healthy skepticism that Day was a "a reach" as an exceptional status player, on Thursday the Rochester, Mich., native scored a sweet goal for the Mississauga Steelheads that one doesn't often see from OHL defenceman even two years older. Using a short stick, showing more certitude with the puck than a 15-year-old who's already 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds should have any right to, Day gave 19-year-old Colorado Avalanche pick Michael Clarke a how's-it-going move and roofed a shot for his second goal of the season.
Love the line from TV Cogeco Peterborough commentator Brian Drumm: "I played in the league at 14 and 15 — I couldn't do that."
Day is going to have his trials and tribulations across the next three seasons. It's 'to those whom much is given, much is expected' situation for a defenceman who has that status. The Barrie Colts' Aaron Ekblad is in his third season in the OHL and can still betray that he's 17 years old, especially at a time when his Barrie team is having a collective case of squeeze-the-stickitis during a teamwide scoring slump. It's sporting then, to point the qualities Day has that give him such a high ceiling.
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