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Beckett Sennecke Scouting Report: 2024 NHL Draft #20

Beckett Sennecke

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A breakout performance in the OHL playoffs has really brought Beckett Sennecke’s name to the forefront and seen him have a big rise up NHL Draft Boards. Sennecke led the Oshawa Generals to the OHL Final, putting up 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 16 games. Unfortunately, an injury would prevent him from playing in the league final, and his Oshawa Generals did not stand a chance against the high powered London Knights without him. Sennecke had 27 goals and 41 assists for 68 points in 63 games in the regular season.

ꦍThe Generals drafted Sennecke with the 8th Overall pick in the 2022 OHL Draft. He had an excellent rookie season in 2022-23, scoring 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points in 61 games. His 35 assists led all OHL rookies and he was named to the leagues All-Rookie 2nd Team. However, Sennecke struggled in his first OHL playoff appearance, recording just one goal in five games. He also played for Team Canada White at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. Sennecke scored three assists in five tournament games.

ᩚᩚᩚᩚᩚᩚ⁤⁤⁤⁤ᩚ⁤⁤⁤⁤ᩚ⁤⁤⁤⁤ᩚ𒀱ᩚᩚᩚBorn in Toronto, Sennecke played his minor hockey with the Toronto Marlboros.

Beckett Sennecke 2024 NHL Draft Scouting Report

Right Wing — shoots Right
Born January 28th, 2006 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6’3″ — Weight 181 lbs [191 cm/82 kg]

Skating

Sennecke’s skating remains a work in progress. He has grown five inches in the last two years and as a result he’s a bit lanky and needs to add muscle to his frame. This means that he can become a lot stronger and more explosive going forward. As it stands, his stride is decent but that lack of power means that his first step quickness and acceleration are a little below average. Once he does get up to top speed, he is able to keep up with the play but no one will confuse him for a burner.

♊His edgework and agility are good and allow him to make cuts in and out of the defence both with and without the puck. Beckett is willing to battle on the boards and in front of the net. As he adds muscle he should get stronger and win more of these battles. He should also be able to fight through checks and be more solid on his skates.

Offensive Game

♈Sennecke is a natural goal scorer and can put the puck in the net in a variety of ways. He is not afraid to play in the dirty areas of the ice, or to drive to the front of the net. He also has the quick hands to score in close to the net. Sennecke can deke a goalie, one time a pass to the back of the net, screen goalies, and get deflections and pounce on rebounds. He also has an powerful wrist shot and quick release. This allows him to score from further out. He could work on his accuracy though. Sennecke can also set up in the faceoff circle and one-time a slapshot to the back of the net.

𝓰He reads the play well and anticipates the movement of teammates and defenders. This allows him to find openings and make smart passes to set up teammates. Sennecke works well on the boards, controlling the puck down low and playing the cycle game. His lateral agility allows him to move with the puck and open up passing and shooting lanes. He is a good puck handler who can protect the puck and extend possession. This helps control possession and allows his teammates to get open. When they do, he can hit them with a tape-to-tape pass.

💧Sennecke loves to get in on the forecheck and finish hits on opposing defenders. This pressure forces them to rush plays and they can make mistakes.

Defensive Game

Sennecke’s defensive game is a work in progress. There are times he is looking to generate offence and neglects some of his defensive responsibilities. He can puck watch at times, or fly the zone looking to create offence, leaving his teammates in a bad position. However, there are other games where he is engaged defensively, using his size to play a physical game. He also can look good, anticipating plays and creating turnovers with his long stick. Sennecke has the size to help the defence down low and work against the cycle game.

Projection and Comparison

🎃When drafted into the OHL, Beckett Sennecke entered the league as a skilled winger, with questions about his size and skating. His growth spurt has answered the questions about the size, and the skating is improving. There is still room to get better in these areas. He can also add muscle to his frame. If he can do those things, he can become the rare combination of a highly skilled, power winger on the first line. However, Sennecke is a bit of a project. He will need a couple of more years in the OHL, and potentially some AHL time as well. If he reaches his potential, he can be a first line winger.  His game is reminiscent of Wyatt Johnston. However this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and ability.

Highlights

💯The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Beckett Sennecke that are available on YouTube and Twitter.

𝐆Check back later for our latest 2024 NHL Draft Article.

Main photo by: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

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