FC Rank 16
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Right Wing
Owen Sound Attack
190 lbs
Place of Birth
Vaughan, ON  

Barlow is a big-bodied scoring forward with an elite shot. He is at his best when he is engaged physically and gets himself open in the prime scoring areas of the offensive zone. His shot is his best asset — he is arguably the best shooter in the draft and is easily the best pure scorer the OHL group has to offer in 2023. He has lethal accuracy and generates a ton of power when given time and space. Barlow’s nose for the net is a big plus as well. When he is engaged, he drives to the net front and has a knack for cleaning up loose pucks and making the goalie’s life extremely difficult. Barlow is a physical player, but not in the traditional sense. He doesn’t deliver bone crushing hits, but instead he uses his strength and physicality to outmuscle his opponents and gain positional advantage. He seemingly can drive the net and use his body to get through traffic whenever he wants, leading prime scoring chances for he or his teammates. The issues in Barlow’s game surround his consistency and his skating. He doesn’t have the high-end pace you want in a top tier prospect, but skating can be a bit overrated at times. I still think he needs to find another gear to help him transition when it’s time to turn pro, but that is something he can work on over the next few seasons. My biggest issue with Barlow is his consistency. When he’s engaged and going he can be virtually unstoppable at both ends of the ice, but there are some points in the game where his engagement level seems to fall off. If he can work on this and work on his skating a smidge, he could be a high-level prospect. I think Barlow has top-15 potential, right now I would be comfortable taking him anywhere between 10-15 in the first round. His ceiling is a top-six scoring forward and he can play in all situations given his play style. Even then, I think his floor is a middle-six forechecking guy who can score occasionally and find a way to carve out a role on special teams.

Austin Broad
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Game Results

January 12, 2023
Owen Sound

Player Report

Skating 6
Shooting 8
Puckhandling 7
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 8
Defensive Awareness 6
Compete 9

Colby Barlow's Reports

Jan 27/23 Colby Barlow 24474 – Team White vs. Team Red CHLTPG by Joseph Aleong View Summary
Jan 17/23 Colby Barlow 24455 – Owen Sound vs. Erie OHL by Austin Broad View Summary
Nov 18/22 Colby Barlow 24284 – Owen Sound vs. Kitchener OHL by Olivia McArter View Summary
Aug 4/22 Colby Barlow 24023 – Canada vs. Switzerland HLINKA by Donesh Mazloum View Summary
Jul 30/22 Colby Barlow 24001 – Canada Red vs. Canada White CAN-U18 by Shaun Richardson View Summary