Jarrod Maidens – The Next Ones: 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Maidens’ Voyage
Nicknamed ‘Iron’ in reference to his Maidens last name resembling heavy metal band “Iron Maiden”, Jarrod wishes that his body was indeed made out of metal at times after battling through injuries during his first two Ontario Hockey League season. Drafted fourth overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Jarrod Maidens scorched game sheets as a member of the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs minor midget team racking up 63 goals and finishing with 104 points in a mere 57 games. Entering his rookie OHL seasons, Owen Sound was thrilled to add Maidens and his lethal shooting arsenal to the lineup. As an OHL freshman, Maidens missed twenty-plus games to a hip injury but returned in time to help his Owen Sound Attack make their triumphant run at the J. Ross Robertson Cup. Cue game seven of the OHL Championship versus the Mississauga Majors and in struts six-foot-one pivot Jarrod Maidens ready to leave his mark on OHL history. The young centre scored two goals including the overtime championship game winner giving the City of Owen Sound their first OHL title in franchise history.
Maidens’ storybook season included an appearance on Canada’s U18 team where he helped the red and white bring home gold from the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. After restoring hope in Ontario’s small-market OHL franchises scoring the game winner and then adding gold to his trophy case, Maidens headed into his sophomore major junior season with loads of momentum. Unfortunately, after recording an impressive 23 points in his opening 28 games setting career highs in goals and points in half the games, Maidens suffered an injury in late November that would cost him the rest of his season. Jarrod’s strong start to his draft season came to an abrupt end as his (undisclosed) injury kept him from competing in the CHL Top Prospects game and withheld him from the NHL Scouting Combine in May as well.