It’s safe to say that every young hockey player aspires to make it to the NHL. For Ethan Burroughs, this prospect has the potential to become a reality.
The upcoming 2022 NHL Draft, slated for July 7 and 8 in Montreal, marks the Georgetown native’s second year of draft eligibility. And as the big day approaches, the local youth who’s had a breakout year remains cautiously optimistic.
“My dream since I was little was to play in the NHL, and the OHL has allowed me to work towards that dream,” he said.
“Whether or not the NHL works out, it’s still a goal of mine to play pro hockey, and I work every day to accomplish that goal.”
Last year Burroughs went undrafted, yet ranked 138th amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Opportunities were still available as the Philadelphia Flyers invited Burroughs to their 2021 Rookie Camp. While he fell short of receiving a contract from the club, Burroughs channelled this experience into a fantastic 2021-22 season for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack.
Netting 30 goals and 21 assists, Burroughs tied for leading his team in goals this past season.
Although the Attack lost the first playoff round to the Flint Firebirds, Burroughs still demonstrated his scoring prowess on the highest stage for junior hockey in Canada.
“Being in Owen Sound, I’ve got great development,” he said. “I look to improve my game over the summer to help me have a strong season.”