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Woodhouse 06-23-2012 09:25 AM

Jake McCabe, Defense Ė 44th Overall, 2012
 
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Corey Pronman (Hockey Prospectus)

"McCabe had a fine freshman year for the Badgers, and showed more significant improvement to his offensive upside than what he
displayed during his time with the US National Program. I was quite surprised during the first few games of the college season to see
McCabe lining up on Wisconsin's first power play unit along with super prospect Justin Schultz, seeing as McCabe got limited if any PP
time on the US Under-18 team in the second half of last season. He doesn't have a standout skill but he's a smart player with above-
average overall sense in terms of his reads and vision who can make a fine outlet and can also see the stretch play. McCabe has a
decent shot, playing his off-wing on the PP and was able to open up and use a fine one-timer. He's a reliable defensive player who
regularly sticks tight to his assignments, is pretty strong and effective in his one-on-one battles, and doesn't hurt his team with brain
cramp mistakes. McCabe is a little undersized for the position, but he should projects to be okay in the physical game at the highest
level. His skating also needs a little bit of work; while he's not a fringe skater, he doesn't generate a whole lot of power from his
movements and certainly isn't average."


Craig Button (TSN)

"Jake is more of a defending type player but may be able to contribute a measure of offense in time because he has no hesitation in
jumping into the play and trying to make a difference offensively. His skating base is decent but his agility and quickness will have to
improve to be able to have success at the NHL level. He competes and plays a determined style of game but he doesn't possess a
punishing aspect to his game or one that gets the attention of opponents and can keep them off balance. Without an improvement in
his skating, he will find himself off balance and challenged vs. speed and in a quick pace. He has good sense and makes plays with the
puck that are solid and safe. He isn't hesitant to try to initiate things with the puck but his game is defensive positioning and trying to
make it challenging for opponents to get scoring chances. Has time to improve and there isn't any major drawback that indicates he
can't improve."


Hockey's Future (HF)

"For such a young player, McCabe thinks the game remarkably well. He possesses excellent vision and anticipates/follows play quite
well. While his decision-making does need to improve, it should come with development and maturity. What makes McCabe so
effective in defensive situations are his stick work and grit. Another notable characteristic of McCabeís is his skating. He has good
agility and moves well both north-south and laterally."


Kevin Devine (Buffalo Sabres)

ďWe actually McCabe rated at the end of the first round. We werenít sure if we were going to get a forward or defense, but he was too
high up on our board. He played for (Rochester head coach) Ron Rolston before, so we know about his character.Ē


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Pre-Draft News Articles

Jake McCabe (UW)

Meet the Freshmen: Jake McCabe (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

UW men's hockey: Five good minutes with Jake McCabe (Madison.com)

Sallows' draft tracks: Jake McCabe (Future Considerations)

2012 Prospects: Jake McCabe newest in long line of talented Wisconsin defensemen (HF)

LD Jake McCabe - Wisconsin, WCHA (2012 Draft) (HFB)

McCabe a student of the game (Future Considerations)

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #46: Jake McCabe (Last Word)

Ranking the Top 15 American NHL Draft-Eligibles (9-15) (USofH)


Post-Draft News Articles

A complete rundown of Buffalo's work on Day Two of the 2012 Entry Draft (Sabres.com)

Recapping Day 2 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (USofH)

McCabe handles selection by Sabres like a pro (TBN)

2012 NHL Draft Quotes-Jake McCabe (Bucky's 5th Quarter)


2012-13 Season Updates

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sabresfan129103 06-23-2012 09:27 AM

6-1 200 pounds, so he's a pretty big boy. What's his game like?

CaptPantalones 06-23-2012 09:29 AM

not terribly big, but a fast skater with good 2-way game

BritSabre 06-23-2012 09:39 AM

http://www.thescoutingreport.org/201...rankings-5175/

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57. D Jake McCabe – Wisconsin (WCHA)

DOB: Nov. 12/93 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 205lbs

Much like 37th ranked Phil Di Giuseppe, McCabe’s late birthday had him play out his draft year in the college ranks. The transition from the National Team Development Program to the older, stronger college game appeared to be an easy one for the Wisconsin defenseman. McCabe, who played with top NCAA defensemen John Ramage and Justin Schultz all season, is an agile defenseman who focuses on defense first with very under rated offensive abilities. He has a great shot and can be a great set up man on the power play. While his lack of physical play is amplified in playing college this season, McCabe was frequently getting out manned this season.

JOHNBOY 06-23-2012 09:42 AM

I wish they took sutter there but oh well, will see how it pans out....

Zip15 06-23-2012 09:45 AM

Wisconsin has been a defenseman factory recently. I like the pick.

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Originally Posted by CaptPantalones (Post 51367283)
not terribly big, but a fast skater with good 2-way game

6'1, 205 lbs at 18 isn't terribly big? That's good size, IMO.

Zip15 06-23-2012 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by JOHNBOY (Post 51369833)
I wish they took sutter there but oh well, will see how it pans out....

Lukas Sutter was picked by Winnipeg at 39, five picks before we took McCabe.

Gosabres08 06-23-2012 09:50 AM

I cover the Badgers hockey team so I saw a lot of McCabe this season.

He's got very good two-way game, and he is developing an above-average offensive skill set to go along with potential shutdown capabilities.

He missed some time this year when he was cut by a skate, but when he came back, he was paired with Justin Schultz and their styles combined very nicely (Schultz's offense with McCabe's defense)

He's got top 4 potential. Very good character and motor- a very high quality pickup in round two.

JPurp26 06-23-2012 10:01 AM

I like the pick. A little high but we got the guy we wanted. Hopefully he develops his 2way a little more but his skating his good and Defensive guys are always good to have. I like the Wisconsin D connections as well.

JPurp26 06-23-2012 10:02 AM

Welcome to Buffalo JAKE MCCABE :sabres

Woodhouse 06-23-2012 10:06 AM

McCabe, Sabres' second-round pick, hopes to grow into top defenseman:
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Jake McCabe learned how to act like a pro when Ron Rolston, now the Amerks' coach, guided him at the U.S. national development program. He hopes the lessons he's learning now at the University of Wisconsin teach him how to be a No. 1 defenseman in the NHL.

The Sabres selected McCabe in the second round of the NHL draft with the 44th overall pick, and they got a 6-foot, 195-pounder who is polished on and off the ice.

"Iím a two-way defenseman," McCabe said in Consol Energy Center. "Iím used in all situations. Iím comfortable in all situations. I think Iím a leader. Iím out there blocking shots for my teammates, and thatís what I enjoy doing. I think Iím a competitor. Iím at my best when Iím going out there and making a good first hit, good first shift, and I just want to be reliable in all situations: penalty kill, power play. I want to be able to comfortable eventually taking on a teamís top line."

Zip15 06-23-2012 10:24 AM

Likens his game to Dan Girardi's. I like the pick.

Superhero 06-23-2012 11:02 AM

He is below average height for a defenseman.

Chainshot 06-23-2012 11:13 AM

Eh, he's still 6'1" and already over 200 lbs. He seems to fit the mold of what Regier wants on the blueline: puck skills and mobility.

tsujimoto74 06-23-2012 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Superhero (Post 51382429)
He is below average height for a defenseman.

He's also a teenager..Might still grow an inch or 2. Not like 6'1" 200 is small. Bigger than Sekera, and he's plenty effective in the NHL.

Rhett4 06-23-2012 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Chainshot (Post 51384095)
Eh, he's still 6'1" and already over 200 lbs. He seems to fit the mold of what Regier wants on the blueline: puck skills and mobility.

Yeah, that's good size, and with his age, he could add a bit. Seems like he'll be around the size of Weber but with the mobility of someone better.

CrankyJay 06-23-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 (Post 51385619)
He's also a teenager..Might still grow an inch or 2. Not like 6'1" 200 is small. Bigger than Sekera, and he's plenty effective in the NHL.

I grew 2 inches between 18 and 20 years old. 6ft to 6'2"

Zip15 06-23-2012 11:56 AM

Drew Doughty is 6'1'', 219. Ryan McDonagh is 6'1'', 213. I hope they can get past their height issues one day.

Chainshot 06-23-2012 12:03 PM

Listened to the interview on GR, like what I heard.

Zip15 06-23-2012 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Chainshot (Post 51390475)
Listened to the interview on GR, like what I heard.

I saw the video, and he seems like he's got a good head on his shoulders. Seemed pretty comfortable, confident.

Chainshot 06-23-2012 12:08 PM

Interesting that he and Navin live across the hall from one another. The Clustering continues.

Fly Boy 06-23-2012 12:40 PM

Beauty of a goal in that video.

Mellifleur 06-23-2012 01:01 PM

Just going from the hair and the skating... Soupy 2.0 ? just bigger...

SabresBillsBuffalo 06-23-2012 01:54 PM

I would have taken Thrower...

gallagt01 06-23-2012 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by ShadowOni (Post 51394699)
Just going from the hair and the skating... Soupy 2.0 ? just bigger...

Not quite the offense of Campbell and I'd say he'll be much better defensively.


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