Tanner MacMaster's stock dropped during his draft year, but there is still plenty of reason for optimism when analyzing the future of the Quinnipiac recruit.
The Calgary, Alberta native saw his ranking fall 26 spots from the mid-term to final rankings, finishing at 120 in Central Scouting Service's final release before the 2014 NHL Draft.
There is plenty to like of MacMaster's game, but he had an inconsistent season in which his play was hampered by injuries. A former Boston College commit, MacMaster is very slippery with good hands and quick feet. He is gifted offensively and has good hockey IQ.
His game is comparable to former Bobcat forward Kellen Jones, a prospect of the Edmonton Oilers and another native of the Alberta province. He makes up for his disadvantage in size by being in good position in the scoring areas and the puck seems to find his stick.
Besides his size, another knock on him is his inconsistent play, but that is something that can be worked on as he matures at the college level.
MacMaster, another gem picked up by Rand Pecknold's staff on the recruiting trail, will likely be a four-year player at Quinnipiac. The NHL team that selects him, likely in the sixth or seventh round, will get to watch his game develop in the ECAC.
Central Scouting Final Ranking: 120
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
2013-14 Team: Camrose Kodiaks (AJH)
2014-15 Team: Quinnipiac (NCAA)
Strengths: slippery small forward with quick feet and soft hands
Weakness: small, needs to add bulk, inconsistent play
Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.