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01-15-2011, 12:17 AM
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Without knowing anything about Oleksiak, and just watching that clip. I would say he does skate pretty well for a 6'7" dman.
However, one thing that stood out from that video was the competition, much weaker competition than the WHL Tyer Myers was playing in. And Myers's development after his draft year was epic. He was simply used as a stay at home dman at the WJC but by the memorial cup was a dominant 2-way dman.
So oleksiak looks like the high risk/high reward project type.
You seem to know a lot about the prospects for the upcoming draft. Which forwards do you like?
Well Northeastern plays in Hockey East, which is arguably the hardest conferences in the NCAA. But the WCHA is right there with them (the conference UMinn (Schroeder) played in) and the CCHA. Level of competition shouldn't be too large of a concern here.
Yes, i'd agree a higher risk pick, if selected in the 1st. I see a team reaching on him, simply based on size, but if he's available at 30
i'd definitely put him into high consideration.
Another D man i do like is Musil and can see him falling for a little bit longer. He has a deep bone bruise, just like we saw Hamhuis struggle with for a good 2-3 weeks after he came back. So maybe he doesn't play as well and drops on a few teams lists, but just my speculation. Some recent news:
Some forwards i am leaning towards (assuming we draft from 22-30 range):
I like Dan Catenacci. I think he is ranked lower due to his size, but he has the heart and compete level of a pro. He skates miles and tries to really outwork other players. He plays a two-way kind of game - can be a shut-down center if need be too. Coach used him to shut down Seguin last year (don't know how that worked out). But thats also a concern, some are wondering what he will translate to in the future? He plays with a physical edge and leadership intangibles.
#7 - Daniel Catenacci (Draft Eligible in 2011)
He was probably the best player on the ice. Catenacci showcased tremendous speed, and really disrupts play at both ends of the ice. He also got under the skin of the Majors players (got Derek Shoenmakers VERY angry on one shift where he got his stick up a little high). I was especially impressed by his play in his own end. He has a really active stick and is constantly buzzing around trying to cause a turnover. He also seems pretty fearless and drives hard to the net, creating plays for his teammates. One of those drives started the play that ended up as Hounds first goal by Omelyaneko. Colour me very impressed.
A guy i am just praying (probably to no avail) will be there is Mark McNeill. Just a great overall package - size, instincts at both ends, physical, can fight, plus score. I think Tiranis really likes him. I would like to see more of Jaskin, but he sounds very intriguing.
A lot of OHL guys like the two Russians Khokhlachev and Namestnikov. I know MG doesn't really like Russians, but i feel one of them will be in our range as some mocks have shown, but it depends because i hear varying opinions. Some say Koko is a better player, one of the youngest players in the draft, can take over games and plays a more "Canadian" type of game, but sometimes disappears. Namestnikkov should really be a Canadian russian ashe has been living in north america for most of his life and speaks really flawless english. But he has not really had a good impression on some b/c he does not have good strength and has up until recently not been putting as impressive stats as Koko. Opinion is really mixed on these two.
Others creeping up are Rakell, Jensen (Hansen needs more Danes!), Hudon (want to hear more about him), Salomaki. Some D men in the 2nd are Percy, Klefbom, Ouellet, and Scarlett.
For the later rounds, some names i'm keeping an eye on
-Pascal Zerressen (If Zepp reads this, find me some articles about this guy!)
Some passed over
-Mat Petgrave EDIT: had to add him.
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