Thread: Prospect Info: Hamonic named #1 WHL Defenseman
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01-23-2010, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Smithtown31 View Post
I didn't know that about him and makes him all the more impressive IMHO. Also provides evidence that Snow and Jankowski aren't just giving "lip service" to their "character" quotient in finding players.

You have to wonder where he would go in a 2008 Draft "do over". That was the draft of the "Big 4 defensemen" (Doughty, Bogosian, Pietrangelo and Schenn). At the very least- I think it would be re-tabbed as the draft of the "Big 6 defensemen" with Hamonic and Myers joining the party... He'd probably still be 5th or 6th off the board out of that group... BUT no way he gets out of the first round again.

A complete steal by the Islanders...
When drafted Hamonic was considered a defensive defenseman but not exactly in the class of the big 4. He had not yet developed or shown the improvement that he has in the offensive side of his game. In addition, he was a very average 6'0" 200 lbs at the time.
Since the draft, he has grown 2" and added 15 lbs along with continued improvement of his offensive game.
We kind of got a little lucky here.

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