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03-17-2011, 12:29 AM
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Rounds 3-7

Basaraba-Has been buried in Minn.-Duluth's depth this season, starting off on the 4th line and then a couple months later being promoted to the 3rd line regularly. He might have been a top 6 forward on some other teams. He has strength to match his size and he plays a gritty style. He's great along the boards and is hard to get the puck from along the wall. He also has soft hands and has a heavy shot. He's a very good skater as well and is a pretty decent stickhandler. He has nice straightaway speed and is fairly agile for a big guy. He's a bit of a toughy to read right now, because he's gotten so little playing time, next year should tell a lot more about him. He's one to keep an eye on though.

Brittain- Everyone knows about his freshman season at Denver, it's been stellar. A nice blend of pure athleticism, strong technical play and good size. He's made Denver forget about Cheverie very quickly. He has tons of potential for sure and is a potential steal.

Gallacher- Seems to have had an OK season in the AJHL offensively. Is billed as a puckmoving d-man with grit although undersized. Was decent at rookie camp, but clearly he's a longterm project with not much of a shot for an NHL career.

Donskoi-Has had a very solid season offensively in the SM-Liiga for a forward his age. I liked the grit he played with at the WJC in addition to the skill he showed. A decent forward prospect for us.

Hyman-I think everything on Hyman has been covered here for the past few months. Obviously next season is going to be Hyman Watch 2011-12 as he makes his highly anticipated debut at Princeton.

Durocher- Hasn't produced at an impressive rate at all this season. He does a lot of little things well but doesn't seem to really have the goods to produce bigtime offensively despite the fact that his hands really aren't that bad. He does have potential as a bottom six player though. He might have to transform his game to more of a grimier style though to accomodate that.

Boyd- He started off at a decent offensive pace at Sacred Heart, but seems to have struggled offensively in the USHL. Which is a little hard to understand. He's supposedly a swift skating puckmoving d-man. Clearly he's a longshot.

All in all, while it's too early to declare this draft a success by any stretch, one has to admit it does look promising. The potential is there for this to be a stellar draft. I like how a lot of the draftees have progressed. We won't know how it turns out though for several more years.

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