Daniel Erlich, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 draft by the London Knights, which some say was surprising considering his diminutive size (he stands at only 5’6″ and weighs only 155 pounds).
“His size may have been a drawback at the beginning, but I think he’s won over a lot of scouts,” Steve Cathcart said of Erlich. “He’s offensively gifted, and when he carries the puck he garners everybody’s attention.“He’s got a lot of moxy,” he told the OHL Recruitment Magazine
As said by Cathcart, despite his size, Erlich is a great all-around player. On the scoresheet this season, he has scored 16 goals and added another 34 assists for a total of 50 points in 58 games played for the London Knights. Not only is Erlich a point producer, he is also known for his quick speed which allows him to skate up and down the ice in no time.
Playing in his second season in the OHL, Erlich wants to go all the way this year as he has said to Slam Sports:”The goal is to win it all this year. Last year ended way too early in the first round (against Guelph). We know this is a big season for us. We have a lot of good players and a team capable of living up to expectations” He also wants to make an impact in the NHL saying if Justin Azevedo of the Kitchener Rangers can be drafted into the NHL with his lack of his size, so can he.
If he shows off his skills, I think that he can be drafted in his first year of eligibility, beating out Justin Azevedo who was eligible since 2006 but was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Los Angeles Kings.