Every year there seems to be one Minnesota prospect that catapults himself up the prospect radar with a nice performance at the Blades Fall Showcase. Last season that player was Bobby Cowan of Edina, this year it’s Owen Durigan of Rosemount.
Durigan was a gamechanger for the Blue Army U-18’s at the Showcase, demonstrating the ability to play exceptional defense and then transitioning to be an instant threat on offense. It’s no secret that Owen is a high-skill player that has had great performances over the last few seasons, but now he’s showing a new level of play, being more assertive and holding a commanding presence.
An element of his game that is really starting to shine is his hockey IQ. This past weekend in Brooklyn Park he showed great instincts on defense, taking great routes to the puck, using his body positioning effectively, and then getting the puck out of dangerous spots on the ice. While possessing the puck he made great breakouts by skating and passing. He made a lot of nice rushes, shedding stick-checks and bringing the puck into the offensive zone with force. The high IQ mixed with his gritty nature is a great combination that will breed success for him this season and on to the next level. With a little polish and continued progression Durigan will play Division I Hockey.
Durigan is entering his senior season with the Rosemount Irish, where he will help captain the team and look to build off a strong junior year where he compiled 18 points in 25 games. The Irish lost some key players to graduation and will need Durigan to play big minutes and be the player he showed he is during the Blade Fall Showcase if they hope to win Section 3AA.