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MTL 2004 Draft Summary

1st Pick-18th overall

Final Ranking-4th among NA
Name: Kyle Chipchura
Number: 17
Position: C
Height: 6'3
Weight: 192
Shoots: L
Birthdate: 1986-02-19
Home Town: Vimy, AB

Player Stats
Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2001-2002 WHL Season Prince Albert Raiders 2 0 0 0 -1 0
2002-03 WHL Season Prince Albert Raiders 63 9 21 30 3 89
2003-2004 WHL Season Prince Albert Raiders 64 15 33 48 6 118

Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2004 WHL Playoffs Prince Albert Raiders 6 2 4 6 -1 12 report
He is a big, skilled centreman who dominates at both ends of the ice. He's a very good puck handler, and can make some nice moves at top speed. He is very confident on the ice and has shown he will stand up for his teammates. report

Not the smoothest skater but has sufficient speed once he gets going. ... Is used in all types of faceoff situations. ... Good passer, who can also go at opponents to the inside or strongly move around them to the outside. ... Has good defensive skills which make him a valuable asset during the penalty kill. ... His playmaking abilities also help on power play. ... Like Keith Primeau, will finish checks strongly and stand up physically for teammates. report
A big, strong 2-way centre with some offensive upside but who many project to be a third liner in the NHL. Chipchura’s biggest asset is his strength, which makes him an ideal checking forward and a good penalty killer. He’s a player who is solid in all areas of the game but doesn’t really stand out in any one specific aspect. Highly regarded all year by some scouting services, many feel he’s been overrated at times and his performance in Belarus for Canada was not very noteworthy. report
Chipchura doesn’t have the offensive skills that Schremp does, but he’s bigger, sounder defensively, and doesn’t carry the attitude questions that Schremp does. But, that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t fall on draft day. Questions about Chipchura’s offensive upside could see him fall to the Sabres at 13. report
In the 2004 Entry Draft, you'd be hard pressed to find a player as complete as Kyle Chipchura outside of the first couple picks. If you name it, Chipchura probably has it. He is a tough competitor who like to finish his checks and play in traffic. He digs in the corners. He backchecks hard. He also is a very good skater. He is definitely captain material as he just oozes confidence and leadership. Chipchura is basically a lock to make the NHL at some point based on his defensive play and intangibles. However, there are concerns about his offensive upside. He has yet to really break out because he is so focused on being a responsible player, so it's difficult to read his ceiling. Nonetheless, Chipchura is a sure-fire first rounder who will likely be gone before the Stars first pick. If he does somehow slip because of concerns about his offensive upside, it's hard to imagine the Stars passing on him because he is a traditional Stars pick through and through.

Q&A with Kyle Chipchura

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