Thread: Dawes?
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08-04-2004, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by stardog
A year ago he was looked at or viewed in alot higher regard than he seems to be viewed in now.
A couple of his size the thing that is keeping him out of your teams top 20?
And not to knock on your prospects because you have some very good ones, but up until this trade deadline and draft year your cupboard was kind of bare in terms of depth. I would think that a guy with his scoring ability would be able to crack your top 10 before this draft.
What gives?
What is his realistic shot at ever making the NHL and playing regularly? I realize that with his size comes alot of questions, but does he have an NHL level skill set and speed? I mean is it only a lack of size that is holding him back?
The Pens have a guy like that (Ben Eaves, brother of Patrick) who is very small but has NHL speed, skill, heart and grit. He should be able to overcome his size concerns because of this. Is Dawes in roughly the same boat? Will his other assets help him overcome his size?

Nigel Dawes is probably the most underrated prospect we have. I have seen Dawes play several times and he looks like a potential NHL player to me. His speed is very good, not blinding, but he is extremely strong on the puck. He has great hockey sense and his shot is awesome. The one attribute that he has that makes me confident that he will be a player in the NHL some day is his determination, the guy competes and he hates to lose. He is small by NHL standards, but I don't see that getting in the way. At this point he will probably need 2 years or so before he plays with the Rangers.