Ivan Lodnia might not register on most’s radar ahead of the draft, but that’s just because he’s lost in the Erie Otters bounty of flashy offensive prospects. On most CHL teams, Lodnia is a first line forward. In Erie, he was just another guy on a team replete with future stars.
Don’t let that dampen your view of Lodnia, though. He still brings a bounty of desirable skills that were evident to anyone fortunate enough to catch an Otters game before the OHL trade deadline. When Erie geared up for their Memorial Cup run by acquiring Anthony Cirelli, a forward group that was full-to-overflowing burst at the seams, leaving Lodnia a fourth-line afterthought.
This may come as something of a surprise, but Canucks Army isn’t shy about investing in smallish players with high-end offensive skills, and Lodnia is no exception. The Russian-sounding but actually American winger checks in as the Nation Network’s 41st ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
- Age: 17-years-old, 1999-08-31
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
- Position: R
- Handedness: R
- Height: 5’10″
- Weight: 181 lbs
- Draft Year Team: Erie Otters – OHL
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A high-skill player with impressive body-strength and possession skills that loves to play with quick bursts and high tempo… an undersized centreman with a no quit motor…does not let anything stop him from going where he wants on the ice…has some real quick hands and has the ability to get creative with the puck as he enters the offensive zone, deking his man or seaming a pass right through a tight gap…despite his size he is a very difficult player to take off the puck…an attack mentality, attacking off the wing, driving the net off the rush and coming out of the corners with an eye towards the slot…good stick, able to redirect shots and pucks on goal…a quick shot release…excellent awareness with the puck, somehow just knowing where his options are…in full alert of his surroundings… a firecracker who doesn’t stop working in his pursuit of possession…has some risk to his game but also some major upside. (November 2016)