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01-02-2011, 01:35 AM
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Good luck with Wishart. Kid's got great character. Off the ice he won the AHL Man of the Year award for Norfolk last year for all the community service he does. He really enjoys helping out with that. On the ice he's worn the A for his AHL and WHL teams and was the captain of Canada's U-18 team. He'll stick up for teammates and likes the leader role.
When he was drafted by SJ people thought of him as more of a shut down guy. The 2 big knocks on him was his offensive and his physical game. Since then his offensive game has really grown. He had a 16 goal, 67 point season in his last year in the WHL and each year his numbers have grown in the AHL. Physical wise he's been some what of a late bloomer growing into his big body. From what I've seen this has not been a problem for him anymore and he is not afraid to check a guy in open ice.
For those who are looking at his -18 +/- stat from last season it is very deceptive. His rookie AHL season he led Norfolk defensemen in +/- and this season he is a +13. The first half of last season he was on a terrible pairing with Matt Lashoff who played like junk. Lashoff didn't work hard and really couldn't pull it together. There was a coaching change and after being switched to a different pair halfway through the season he was a -1
He is very poised and even though his development has been slower than other 1st rounders he still has what it takes to not only make the NHL but be a real good player. I'm bad at comparing prospects to NHL players but I've heard Scott Hannan from a few.
Thank you very much for the report on Wishart.
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