Day 7: Jarrod Maidens. C/LW, Owen Sound: 35th NA.
Jarrod Maidens is a crapshoot, a player whose history of injuries has dramatically lowered his draft prospects. That said, there may be enough history to induce scouts to invest a second or third round pick on him.
While incomplete, the body of work is intriguing. Maidens played just 28 games and was knocked out of the lineup for good in late November because of a concussion.
That said the Attack selected him fourth overall in the midget draft after a 63-goal season for the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs minor midgets. A six-foot-two, right hand shooting centreman, Maidens was a member of the Canadian gold-medal winning team at the under-18 world championships. He is a physical player with a good shot and a good knowledge of the defensive game. Prior to his injury he had scored 12 goals and notched 23 points in 28 games with the Attack.
Clearly, Maidens isn’t ready to return but he insists he will be.
“I’m a positive guy and that’s one of the things that’s helped me get through this,” he said. “ I am going to get back to who I am doing the normal stuff.”
“I have lots to prove. You always want to be the best at what you do. Once I get over this little hurdle and get back to who I am, I’m confident in what I can do on the ice.”