RD Aaron Ekblad (2014, 1st overall, Florida)
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04-02-2011, 06:04 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Owen Sound
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I think he means when he saw Tavares live he didn't have his best games?
Tavares had the amazing point totals but every time I watched him live he was... underwhelming. One year a god awful Attack team completely shut him down in a game just by being physical in the crease. The guy has (and had) absolutely godly finishing abilities from the hashmarks in, but once the play moved past the hashmarks he was completely invisible (and this was from at least 4-5 viewings over his junior career live, not counting WJC and stuff).
For the amount of hype he got, he really disappointed me in person. Not even close to the levels that I saw from Stamkos (who was everywhere on the ice) and Kane (skill and smarts were absolutely sublime). I knew the guy was going to find success offensively at the NHL level, Ive just never been convinced that hes going to be a real franchise player because he was so 1 dimensional. Its a great dimension, but for an "exceptional player" I felt like should be more dominant in other facets of the game.
Anyhow, Ive got little doubt Ekblad will disappoint because defense is such a more involving position. These are the guys I love seeing in the OHL because there's no manipulation with the draft. He wants to play so he's likely going first and he can help turn Barrie around.
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