Fri Oct 18 10:30am EDT
Once in a while, Sean Day will offer a reminder of why Hockey Canada green-lighted him as the latest 15-year-old to start his path through major junior hockey a year early.
While there is healthy skepticism that Day was a "a reach" as an exceptional status player, on Thursday the Rochester, Mich., native scored a sweet goal for the Mississauga Steelheads that one doesn't often see from OHL defenceman even two years older. Using a short stick, showing more certitude with the puck than a 15-year-old who's already 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds should have any right to, Day gave 19-year-old Colorado Avalanche pick Michael Clarke a how's-it-going move and roofed a shot for his second goal of the season.
Day is going to have his trials and tribulations across the next three seasons. It's 'to those whom much is given, much is expected' situation for a defenceman who has that status. The Barrie Colts' Aaron Ekblad is in his third season in the OHL and can still betray that he's 17 years old, especially at a time when his Barrie team is having a collective case of squeeze-the-stickitis during a teamwide scoring slump. It's sporting then, to point the qualities Day has that give him such a high ceiling.
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