McColgan’s junior career parallels with another former Ranger who is similar in size and also had an edge to his game and that is George McPhee. Comparing their junior stats, it’s remarkable how close they were. I would say that McColgan possesses much more speed and offensive skills than McPhee and should have a more productive career in terms of scoring and length of service at the NHL level. McColgan is expected to spend at least two more seasons in junior hockey before turning pro.
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Below are a couple of brief scouting reports regarding Shane McColgan:
THN.com: McColgan has deceptively good offensive skills and that is saying a lot for those who have watched him dazzle with the puck. Adding a player of his skill level does not happen often in the 5th round and the New York Rangers will certainly enjoy the offensive depth it will create for them.
Hockey’s Future: McColgan can hit, fight, shoot, take face-offs and pass extremely well. The kid is really short, but is exciting and fearless. If he continues to develop and play smart and tough, he could be a wonderful asset to the Rangers.
Strengths: Shane McColgan gives everything he has in his 5’8 frame and only weighing roughly 165 (should add 10-15 more pounds over the next 2 seasons) has never backed down from a fight. Has a blue collar mentality although he possesses offensive skills that can carry over at the NHL level. McColgan would be a fan favorite before the end of the first period in his first game. A fiery forward with an edge to his game and a little scoring touch as well (think of Brandon Prust with more offensive ability)
Weaknesses: McColgan can be very inconsistent and undisciplined at times during short period of times either during a game or during a stretch of games. He must focus on this area if he expects to move on to the next level...
Future Analysis: As mentioned by THN.com and Hockey’s Future above, McColgan has a very good chance to one day make the Rangers roster. Should develop into a solid third or fourth line forward who will contribute in many ways. Within the next 2 years, many hockey experts will deem this 5th round selection as a steal for the Rangers.