2014 NHL Draft Prospect: Clarkson recruit Kelly Summers

Clarkson players celebrate a Joe Zarbo overtime goal this past season against Colorado College. - Mike Tansey

The NHL team that selects Kelly Summers is getting a one-man breakout with terrific vision and an offensive skill set.

Kelly Summers made a quick and terrific impression in his draft year playing for the Carleton Place Canadiens. The Golden Lake, Ontario native started the season as a relative unknown and was ranked just 158 by Central Scouting at the mid-term release.

Jump to the end of the season and the smooth-skating defenseman has jumped up 85 spots to 73 in the final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Summers, an offensive-minded blue liner, led his team to the Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL) championship as Jason Clarke's team advanced all the way to the RBC Cup.

Summers does a terrific job in transition, seeing the ice well and making quick and accurate passes up ice. He has good hockey IQ and makes smart and concise decisions with the puck in his own zone. His offensive statistics, 17 goals and 43 assists, are what stand out, but he takes his responsibilities in the defensive zone seriously.

He will continue to learn from two of the best defensive minds in the game in Clarkson head coach Casey Jones and assistant Phil Roy. Clarkson plays a very defensive-minded, pro style, but Roy is a defensive specialist who has helped blue liners progress with both the Golden Knights and his previous stop, Merrimack.

Quick Facts:

Kelly Summers

Central Scouting Final Ranking: 73

Hometown: Golden Lake, Ontario

2013-14 Team: Carleton Place Canadiens (CCHL)

2014-15 Team: Clarkson (NCAA)

Height/Weight: 6-1/168

Strengths: Sees the ice well, one-man breakout who exhibits tremendous composure and vision

Weakness: Still needs to add some muscle, but he's no slouch physically

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.

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