PROSPECT REPORT: Justin Sourdif
Justin Sourdif is one of the most complete players in the 2020 draft. He burst onto the scene in the WHL last season, scoring 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points as a rookie. The Vancouver Giants center currently stands 5’11, and weighs 165 pounds, but that doesn’t stop him from engaging in countless net-front battles. He’s off to a great start this season, with 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points in 12 games.
He’s an extremely gritty and reliable center with a top 5 shot in the draft class. His speed isn’t anything special, but it doesn’t hold him back and he’s very strong on his edges. Sourdif’s puck handling ability is very good, he’s got very quick hands and he’s an excellent passer. His hands and skating allow him to fight off defenseman and take the puck to the net
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Only Alexander Holtz, Noel Gunler, and Quinton Byfield shoot the puck better than Sourdif. His release is lightning quick, and the puck comes off his stick with a lot of speed. The accuracy of his shot is also top notch, and he shows it off frequently:
What truly sets his shooting apart is his ability to shoot the puck without controlling it first. Sourdif can confidently skate up to a bouncing puck and send it flying into the top shelf with one clean swipe:
His one-timer is also elite:
Sourdif can always be found in front of the goal and if the puck finds him in the blue paint, it’s in the net. His ability to score goals in the blue paint is uncanny. You can put together a 5+ minute video of Justin Sourdif scoring the same type of goal, in the WHL, in his D-1 year. Sourdif recognizes where goalies and defenders are positioned, then cleverly works the puck around them:
Sourdif took a hit in a game on October 18th, and has yet to return. Hopefully he’s alright, as this kid is one heck of a hockey player. He’s a surefire top 30, maybe top 20 talent. Either way, he’s going to hear his name called on day one.