Part of the haul the Florida Panthers got back from Vancouver for Erik Gudbranson was a fourth-round pick in 2016. They used that pick on the next player on our countdown.
#9 - Jonathan Ang - forward - Peterborough (OHL)
Highest Ranking: 10 Lowest Ranking: 11
The Panthers choose Jonathan Ang with the 92nd overall pick at this summer’s draft in Buffalo after the 5’,11” center/right wing put up 21 goals and 28 assists in 68 games for the Peterborough Petes. Those numbers represented a 29-point increase over his first season in the OHL. In the 2015-16 playoffs, Ang upped his game by posting 9 points (3G/6A) in the Peterborough’s seven-game loss to North Bay in the first round. Brock Otten, who knows a thing or two about OHL had this to say about Ang:
Moving from center to wing seemed to get Ang’s game in another gear. The switch was probably a good thing for Ang’s future with the Cats as well. With Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad anchoring Florida’s top three lines, moving to the wing will afford him a much better chance of cracking the big club once he’s fully-developed. Florida needs young wings in the system that can score, as Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen aren’t getting any younger and scoring depth in the bottom-six is always a prized possession.
While Ang is fast, creative and good on the puck, some scouting reports were critical of defensive play, so that’s an area he will need to work on when he returns to Peterborough. The Draft Analyst’s Steve Kournianos wrote this about Ang when he predicted he’d go in the sixth round in his mock draft:
Despite having a few flaws in his game, Ang’s performance once he was shifted to wing is very encouraging. He should continue to improve as he grows even more comfortable with the position and develops more of a shoot-first mentality. A big season in Peterborough could earn the Markham, ON an entry-level contract at the end of the season although his January 31, birth date means he would need to go back for a fourth season of junior if he didn’t make the Panthers, so there is no hurry to ink him.