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05-30-2004, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Modano = Dud
An impact 3rd liner? The Stars draft those types all the time. Time to hit a new direction. I rather play Hagos there, or Lundqvist or Kapanen, especially the Kapanen of 2002/2003, and draft someone that really helps us out then draft rather unnecessary luxery.

Bolarik is needed, and it's not exactly an every day routine that an 18 year old 6'7 defenseman with an offensive game is available, let alone from where you pick. If he's still on board and the Stars pass on him, I would seriously start to question this management.

From Mckeens....

04/27/2004 - (u18) Consistency is the missing link .. adjustment to the bigger ice surface give him some trouble .. flashed extraordinary talent, but just when he looked like he was about to take control, he let up .. carries the puck very fluidly with good strength .. very good hockey sense and above-average vision .. quarterbacked the Canadian powerplay in the medal round; was a hit with the puck against Slovakia. U18 WC Totals (7-3-2-5-28 0)

03/08/2004 - An all-around player, Chipchura doesn't dominate at any specific aspect, but does everything well regardless. More orientated as a playmaking center, Chipchura's real strength lies in his assets that also impact the team off the ice, most notably his leadership and desire to win. "Kyle is a wildcard," says our WHL scout, "He's one of only a few guys in this draft that can potentially round out into a 'complete package' player. What sets him apart is his ability to make plays at full speed. He can really get around the ice, throw his frame around and forecheck like mad. The problem is, he doesn't really do this as consistently as we would like. Sometimes he's a tad too hesitant and doesn't really turn on that second gear, but he's not lazy - we think that moxie will be there as he develops confidence. "We're not talking about an elite talent, but this kid is the kind of project who could be a rock-solid pro if the pieces fit. His passes are excellent, his hands are better than we expected and he has a presence when he steps out on the ice. You either love him or hate him - but those who like, they like a lot."

11/19/2003 - Passes crisply and on the tape .. lost a face off .. usually finishes his checks .. very mobile and extremely fast .. drives to the net .. stickhandles well at high speeds .. picks up his man in the defensive zone .. turned over the puck a few times on the power play when pressured .. strong on his skates .. effective forechecker .. excellent vision (finds the open man at the right time) .. regular on both special teams.

09/05/2003 - Was expected to be one of the leaders and didn't fully live to this, played a gritty game, but wasn't much of a factor offensively, solid toughness and traffic play, also aware defensively.

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