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01-17-2011, 10:46 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
Why thank you germanhockey. Do you have some insight into how he plays? Noticed he has quite a long contract over there. 12/13 +2 years?
A busy week MacKenzie's rankings, CHL prospects game, and ISS January should be out this week.
MacKenzie's rankings are a bit of a surprise, a lot of swedes that are rarely seen in the 1st - Rask, Rakell, and Zibanejad, which really pushes down some solid players like Musil, McNeil, and the Russians (Khokhlachev & Namestikov) as i refer to them. Bob even recognizes that his lists usually have Russian players higher than they tend to go. So a slight fall for these two guys isn't out of the question.
Other surprises: the rise of Oleksiak. It looks like his solid play and size are propelling him to the high 20s. Also surprising was what Bob said about Catenacci. He said that he had some scouts with varying opinions on him - some said he was top 15 talent, others had him in the late 2nd. What a difference an inch or two makes.
For reports about Jenner, the Russians, read this mid-term overview by the scouting report. Brief but to the point -
Also, this is from Brock:
7. Alexander Khokhlachev - Windsor Spitfires
Received Votes From: 5 out of 6
Highest Placement: 5th
Preliminary Ranking: 5th
Comments: Left off the Top Prospect's Game roster, you have to wonder if us (the OHL fanatics) are overrating him in comparison with NHL scouts. The obvious reason is his size, as one contributor points out. "He's small at a position where NHL teams seem to be looking for the next Ryan Getzlaf, which is probably why he's not generating nearly as much NHL attention." But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in dazzle, as one contributor points out. "(He's) a dynamic game-breaker that has the stuff NHL teams drool over. If he can maintain the offensive pace over the season's second half, then I think he moves up the list. He's a better offensive player than Namestnikov, but I want to make sure he can sustain it." However one contributor thinks the size concerns are a bunch of hooey. "He may be small, but he doesn't play small. He's fearless on the ice and isn't afraid to take a hit to score a goal or create a scoring chance."
Even more tantalizing, we could possibly have a combo in the 1st 2 rounds of Musil - Klefbom, Catenacci - Bell, Jensen - Percy... I would also really like to see Jaskin drop to us
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