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MARC McNULTY
Marc McNulty
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’6” / 193 lbs.
Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Acquired: Detroit’s seventh choice (169th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: 105th North American Skater (2013)
Contract: None (must sign by June 1, 2015)
RWC Says: Two-Way Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2012-13
  • Earned full-time role with Prince George of WHL (52-8-7-15, 70 PIMs, minus-18).
  • Selected in sixth round, 169th overall, by Detroit in 2013 draft.
2013-14
  • Led all Prince George defensemen in scoring in his third WHL campaign (67-17-25-42, minus-10).
  • Sat for one game as a healthy scratch early in the season.
  • Tied for fifth in WHL defense goal-scoring, including 10 tallies on the power play.
  • Also recorded five fighting majors among 115 PIMs.
  • Signed an amateur tryout contract to join AHL Grand Rapids at the end of the season.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s tall and super lanky, he’s got an incredibly long reach using a long stick, and what I like about him is, he already understands how to use his reach to his advantage. He’s got a great wing-span, and he (covers) a lot of space. He just has a lot of upside. Just has to learn to do things quicker and play with more urgency and intensity on a consistent basis.” — Red Wings scout Jeff Finley (June 2013) … “He needed a reminder (early in the year) to bring his urgency up and he was a healthy scratch. He’s a very smooth-skating 6-foot-6 defenseman … Big guys (these days) can skate and are smooth and he’s one of them and he can really move the puck. He will have to become a force on the back end and that’s just being very, very stingy defensively and just very hard to play against in the D-zone.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (December 2013).

STRENGTHS
Boasts an incredible wing span, combining his 6-foot-6 frame with an extremely long stick to cover acres of real estate defensively … Mobility is impressive for his height … Reach and skating are a major asset defensively … Surprising puck skills for a player with his size … Capable of running a power play at the junior level and has the offensive upside to be a two-way blueliner … Willing to play physical and is no stranger to dropping the gloves at the junior level.

WEAKNESSES
Doesn’t play with urgency or intensity on a consistent basis … Gets into trouble when he tries to do too much, such as over-handling the puck or not timing an outlet pass appropriately … Doesn’t have a lot of weight or muscle on his lanky frame … Needs to improve his defensive-zone play.

PROJECTION
When a rangy 6-foot-6 defenseman is as mobile and skilled as McNulty, there’s a lot to be excited about. But he was also still available in the sixth round for a reason, and he is still learning how to play with intensity and urgency every shift, every game. Watch for McNulty to emerge as one of the WHL’s top defensemen in 2014-15 as he makes a push to earn a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings by the June 1, 2015, deadline. He projects as a two-way defenseman at the NHL level.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Medicine Hat Hounds Bantam AAA AMBHL 12 1 1 2 2 |          
 2009-2010 Medicine Hat Hounds Bantam AAA AMBHL 21 3 7 10 20 |          
 2010-2011 Medicine Hat Tigers Midget AAA AMHL 25 2 2 4 26 |          
 2011-2012 Medicine Hat Tigers Midget AAA AMHL 19 4 8 12 28 |          
  Lloydminster Bobcats AJHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Prince George Cougars WHL 21 0 0 0 8 |          
 2012-2013 Prince George Cougars WHL 52 8 7 15 70 |          
 2013-2014 Prince George Cougars WHL 67 17 25 42 115 |          
 2014-2015 Prince George Cougars WHL 14 1 4 5 35 |          

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