One of the biggest risers in the 2019 NHL draft class has been Youngstown Phantoms center Jack Malone. He was always known as a strong, hardworking player, but he’s now added a new level of offensive creativity to his game. “He’s a 200-foot cerebral player,” said coach Brad Patterson. “He’s got an elite hockey IQ, and he’s a tremendous athlete. When you mix everything together, you see the benefits every time he’s on the ice. He’s been huge for us this year.”
And Malone’s development has been steady. Originally from California, Malone and his family moved to New Jersey when he was six. Season tickets to the Devils gave him a steady dose of Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Sidney Crosby (Auston Matthews is his new fave) and Malone fell in love with hockey. The youngster was also an excellen...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.