Jamieson Rees was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round, 44th overall, in 2019. The 18-year-old forward was considered great value for the Hurricanes at 44 after most scouting services had him ranked in the low 30’s for the draft. Rees has proved to be a fantastic pick just a month into the 2019-20 season, with 16 points in just seven games for the Sarnia Sting in the OHL. Rees plays a gritty two-way game with a significant amount of skill, drawing comparisons to Travis Konecny and, in my opinion, Brad Marchand. He’s a Rod Brind’Amour type of forward and is one of the organization’s most exciting prospects. Thank you to Jamieson Rees and the Sarnia Sting organization for allowing me the opportunity for the interview!
Can you describe your feelings before the draft? What was going through your mind at the time?
Obviously, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what to expect or where I was going to go. The two feelings I was feeling were nervousness and excitement since I didn’t know what team I was going to. It was exciting because it was a huge milestone in my career.
How did it feel to hear your name called by the Hurricanes?
It was a huge relief. I was sitting there hearing name after name, and finally hearing mine was a huge weight off of my shoulders.
Who was with you at the draft?
My mom, dad, sister, aunt, and cousin were all there with me.
Could you describe your style of play?
I would say I’m an aggressive forward who likes to play a physical game but is also offensively gifted. I like to make plays in the offensive zone. I’m a two way forward that’s effective both in the offensive and defensive zones. I would say that I play a bit like Travis Konecny.
How do you see that fitting into the Hurricanes’ game, and what do you feel that you most need to work on in order to make that happen? (@Brettbrewsbier)
I think the way I play, with the physicality and compete, is the way the Canes play, so it’ll fit in perfectly. I have the speed and compete to play the way they need me to. With the skill I have I’m able to play in any role they need me to play in.
What’s one aspect of your game that you feel doesn’t get as much attention as it should?
My physicality is underrated. I’m not a big guy, so it might not be noticeable at first, but I do throw my weight around to let the bigger guys know that I’m there.
You participated in your first NHL development camp over the summer. What were some lessons that you took away from that experience?
I learned what it takes to make it to the next level. Off-ice testing was to show me how hard it was, and the prospects showcase showed me how much bigger and faster the other guys were. I have to get faster and stronger in order to be able to compete and win more puck battles.
What are some of your personal goals for the season and for the future?
This season one of my main goals is to work on my play in the defensive zone. I’m a two way forward, but there’s always room to improve. If I had to pick an area to work on, that would be it. I think that I’ll finish my two years in the OHL, play in the AHL for a year or two, and then hopefully that’ll be enough time to make it to the NHL!
Who were your favorite hockey players to watch growing up?
I’d say my favorite player was Joe Sakic. He was a very strong player, and my favorite team was Colorado growing up.
What do you like best about playing hockey in Sarnia?
I like the feeling of being on a team that gets along really well. I like to win, and I feel like we have a great group here.
Which road stadium do you most enjoy playing in?
I like to play in London because the games get aggressive and physical and we all get really into it. The fans cheering fires me up.
Is there anything that you like to do when you’re not playing hockey?
In the summer I like to golf, and I like to go fishing.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Not really. I’d say golf.
If you could pick a goal song, what song would you pick?
Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons. The message of the song describes me well, especially with how I play hockey.
Once again, a huge thank you to Jamieson Rees and the Sting organization for the interview! Be sure to watch Jamieson and the Sting take on the Flint Firebirds at 7 PM on Friday!