02-17-2006, 10:51 AM
I asked this on the Prospects board and didn't get a single response, hoping someone here can help me out. Just in general I'm wondering what the concensus upside on Jackson is - potential 2-4 dman or just a depth guy? Were the Blues wrong to use a 2nd round pick on him or is he a legit top 4 guy? I've heard he'll never be a true number one dman but perhaps top 4 isn't out of the question. What do you folks think would hold him back?
03-16-2006, 11:26 AM
Scott plays a physical game. He has quick hands and an great body check. Jackson's weakness is probably his skating. He was hurt this year, but is ready for the playoffs.
04-02-2006, 03:10 AM
There's only one thing about Jax that really gets to me, when we really need defense, he's contributing to the game offensively. he put up 26 points this season, 4 points up from last year, and he played 15 games less this season than last. But when his game is on, it's on, he's definately something to look forward to in the future.
04-14-2006, 06:22 PM
I like Jackson. Great size, good smarts, and reasonable mobility, which is a good start. His quickness, pivots, lateral mobility etc will probably need to improve before he is ready to go to the next level, but they are not bad for a big guy. He's smart in his own zone and makes good safe plays, pretty good in 1 on 1 situations and wins battles down low. Not a lot of offensive creativity, but he makes a good first pass and makes sure the puck is out of danger. Not bad in front of the net and keeps guys wide, but can at times be beaten by dynamic forwards with a lot of speed. I would say his upside would be a decent defensive top four guy good on the PK that can eat minutes. Improving his skating and asserting himself physically more should be his biggest priorities I think. Even though I don't consider either of those areas weaknesses in his game (he can be quite physical, and throws his share of hits), I think they need to be better for him to succeed at the next level. I think he'll play.