2016 NHL Draft

C Cliff Pu

London Knights (OHL)

Steve Kournianos  |  06/17/2016 |  New York  |  

Photo courtesy of OHL Images

Profile

Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Height/Weight: 6’2, 192 lbs
Born: June 3rd, 1998 Richmond Hill, ON

The Draft Analyst Ranking:

DEC JAN FEB MAR APR JUN
213 197 195 189 88 71

Regular Season

Season Club GP G A PTS PPG Plus/Minus
2014-15 Oshawa/London (OHL) 41 4 5 9 0.22 -3
2015-16 London (OHL) 63 12 19 31 0.49 +12

Playoffs

Season Club GP G A PTS PPG Plus/Minus
2014-15 London (OHL) 4 0 0 0 0.00 -1
*2015-16 London (OHL) 22 9 7 16 0.73 +10

*2016 Includes Memorial Cup

Scouting Report

If you’ve been following our rankings, you might be saying “Cliff Who” when noticing a meteoric rise. Take our word for it when he say he’s deserved every bit of the recent hype, delivering clutch play and two-way dominance for a London team almost anyone would have to scratch and claw their way to ice time. Why is he special? Pu’s big, fast and can fire off a very good shot. But the biggest eye opener was how he was able to produce with limited minutes and next to nothing in offensive zone starts and/or power play time.

When London’s big names (Tkachuk, Dvorak, Marner etc.) were at the WJC, it was Pu and Max Jones who ran the offense. Pu doesn’t have high-end hockey sense, but he busts his tail on every shift and learned how to use his length and quickness to cause problems for opposing defenders. There’s a good chance he blossoms with more responsibility, but his upside is somewhat of a mystery since he was buried behind several of junior hockey’s top players.