Barclay Goodrow's shot at the pros

Updated: December 7, 2012, 3:14 PM ET
By Victoria Matiash

At first glance, Barclay Goodrow appears to possess the required tools and talent that get a kid drafted into the NHL. A big, strong winger, the captain of the Brampton Battalion is roundly admired for his wicked shot, hockey sense, physical play and leadership. Selected to the OHL's 2012 Subway Super Series squad and a participant at development camps for the Carolina Hurricanes (2011), Los Angeles Kings (2012), and New York Rangers (2012), Goodrow is performing well enough to attract the attention of those who matter most at the next level.

However, the 19-year-old already has been bypassed through two years of draft eligibility. If his name isn't called this June, Goodrow would be forced to market himself as a free agent. It shouldn't come to that, according to Battalion coach Stan Butler.

"He's had a breakthrough year," Butler pointed out, following a recent 4-1 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs. "Now it's up to scouts on whether they agree with me or not. I would have taken him a couple of years ago. We have three 19-year-olds on our team -- Goodrow, (Matej) Machovsky and (Zach) Bell -- and they play kids that have been drafted on a nightly basis and usually outplay them."