Jack Finley Prospect Scouting Report
2018-19 Team: Spokane Chiefs (#26)
Date of Birth: September 2, 2002
Place of Birth: Kelowna, BC
Ht: 6’5”/196cm Wt:207/94 lbs/kg
Projected Draft Position
Jack Finley is a very young player with an steadily evolving power forward skillset.
Watching Finley play for the Spokane Chiefs, it’s easy to not realize that your watching a 16yo player given his huge, though as of yet a still relatively immature, frame. Quite evident is the raw skillset that has been honed through quality coaching, as well, but his size is what immediately stands out. The combination of the raw skills and the size is an enticing one for pro teams, so a significant increase in production would likely lead to a first round grading for the 2020 NHL draft. At the moment, Finley is reliable, bull in a china shop player, able to recognize responsibilities and opportunities while on the ice but not always in the best position to take advantage of the opportunities or carry out the responsibilities. This will come with more icetime and maturity, however, and once it does, it should be a site to behold if developed fully. His main skillset strengths are translatable to pro hockey, such as commitment in all three zones, getting to the front of the net on offense, battling along the boards, and protecting the centre of the ice on defense.
Jack Finley has very good to excellent hockey sense. He shows poise, patience, and confidence in open and crowded areas on the ice. He is able to capitalize on offensive opportunities with reasonable regularity and generally able to hold his own when under pressure, including not getting into penalty trouble in pressure situations. Overall, he displays a knack of reading and reacting well situationally to be around the puck more often than not.
Jack Finley is a very good skater for his size, exhibiting strength and power in his strides, which are purposeful and efficient. He has good lateral mobility, as well, so is effective in his movements with and without the puck. He displays reasonable quickness for his size, but creates space for himself with his momentum (starts and stops) more so than with quickness. Overall skating posture is good, with reasonable bend in the knees to maintain good balance while skating and while engaged physically.
PUCK SKILLS AND PUCK MOVEMENT
Overall puck skills and movement are good, though it appears evident that he prefers others to transport the puck at this stage, often ending up at the ends of passes rather than at the start. When transporting the puck, however, he displays a firm handle and generally does not lose possession because of physical contact. When the puck leaves his stick, whether via pass or shot, it does so with vigor and does not tend get intercepted along the way.
SHOOTING THE PUCK
As would be expected of a bigger player, Jack Finley has a hard and heavy shot, though he appears to use it as often as he probably could, often preferring to shoot only when within close proximity to the opposition net. Overall, he has a quick, accurate release that allows him to get his shot off at will, in traffic and when open. While it would be premature to call him a goal scorer in the making, his overall shooting skills – release, accuracy, deception – are strong enough that he potentially could be developed into a reasonably productive goal scorer moving forward.
Apt for a player his size, Jack Finley has shown a willingness and ability to give and take hits, as well as fight if need be. Physical commitment is not an issue with this player, though there is significant opportunity to develop this aspect of his skillset. A big challenge is finding willing opposition, as his size forces most to shy away and simply to try contain him rather than engage him.
As with the rest of his game, Finley has shown a commitment to the defensive side of the game. Though definitely stll a work in progress, there is strong evidence that he has received quality coaching in terms of body and stick positioning, for example. The physical commitment to this aspect of the game is also decent, with a willingness to step in front of shots when necessary. This may well be the area that he settles into moving forward.
For me, a comparable range would be somewhere between Martin Hanzal and Jason Arnott.
Hockey Sense – 4/5
Skating – 3/5
Puck Skills – 3/5
Shooting – 3/5
Physicality – 3/5
Defensively – 3/5
Intangibles – 4/5